April Blizzard

At some point in March, my horses started to shed. While that was a happy moment – who doesn’t love signs of spring, right? – it was also one of hesitation. To brush or not to brush, that was the question. Because it was March, and this is Colorado. Sure enough, we got a snowstorm in the middle of March.

April arrived, and the horses really started shedding, so I figured it was only fair to brush them. That fur had to be awfully itchy. And, hey, it’s April. It’s 75 degrees. Spring and sunshine and rain are here. No more snow. Right? Wrong! Tomorrow, we are supposed to get a blizzard. That’s right. Not rain. Not a few inches of snow. A full-on blizzard.

My horses are Mustangs so they would be dealing with this in the wild. Their fur would have come off by itself even if I hadn’t happily brushed so much of it a few days ago. I am happy that they still have some of their fur to keep them warm and plenty of hay. And all this moisture…well, it will make the grass grow, and as a horse person you know what that means. Hay!

I will obviously be inside all day tomorrow and probably Thursday so if you need some equine legal work done – or a Massachusetts will or trust, maybe a trademark – contact me. I’ll even give a Blizzard Discount of 10% off any legal service you retain me to do starting today, Tuesday, April 9 through midnight, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Stay warm and dry if you in the path of this storm!

The horse industry is big business

Graphic courtesy of the University of Minnesota Equine Extension Program. Used with Permission and Credited.
You may have heard the joke about “How do you make a small fortune with a horse business?”  Answer: You start with a large one! For years now, I have heard people say you can’t make a living working with horses. When we say something repeatedly, we tend to start to believe it. But what if the story of not being able to make a living with horses is actually false? What if you can make a living?

Recently, the University of Minnesota Equine Extension Program shared the graphic to the left on its Facebook page. Contrary to what you may have heard, the horse industry is booming. And it’s doing so because of equine business owners. Think of how many businesses it takes to maintain horses. A short list includes vets, farriers, feed stores, hay producers, tack stores, equine dentists, equine chiropractors, equine massage therapists, horse trainers, riding instructors, clinicians, horse breeders, horse associations, and horse rescuers.

One of the keys to being successful as an equine entrepreneur is to realize that while you love working in the horse world, it is a business. That means it has to be run as one. You have to start with a business plan and the correct business formation. You need legal contracts drafted by an equine attorney. You need to protect your company with a trademark. You need a marketing plan. You may need liability insurance. You may need documents specific to your equine business, such as barn rules. If you have all of these things in place as you start your business, it is easier to assess where and how you need to make changes if something isn’t working right or if you want to expand your business.

If you feel passionate about horses, contact me so we can discuss how I can help you start, build, or rebrand your equine business with my equine legal and business consulting services.