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Starting out in Horse Farming
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Matt    Posted 09-20-2002 at 11:16:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello All,

I have the opportunity to buy a horse farm, and start farming. I was wondering if horses can be made profitable. The farm I am looking at, is near a large tourist area, so there would be a lot of possibilites with that. My only problem is, I know some about crop farming and such, but almost nothing about horses. I ridden on a few at times.

In your opinion, would this be a good investement, are there any good books out there that you would recommend for a beginner in horse farming? Also, is there any programs or assistance for beginning farmers?

Thanks for your input. It is valued greatly.


Chuck    Posted 09-22-2002 at 18:47:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read your post to mean that you want to use horses instead of tractors. Yes it can be profitable. But with no experience with horses the learning curve might kill you. If this is what you mean check with the Small Farmers Journal
(horse farming magazine) or the Draft Horse Journal. Both have web sites.


DeadCarp    Posted 09-20-2002 at 14:28:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you are willing to feed and care for a 4-legged hayburner whether you use him or not, have fun. (I'd rather keep a second car sorta ready to run.) There's currently no money in horses, never really was though it's a good place to spend some. 95% of farmers go groke in the first year, just like every other business. Going into ANY business is about the biggest gamble you can take, other than settling on a given church and gambling on that unseen, unverifiable eternity. :) Good luck.


Stretch    Posted 09-20-2002 at 13:37:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sure horses are profitable. For the ones that sell you the horses. And feed, and hay, and such. And the farrier, and the vet.

, I admit I ain't trying to make a living at it, but my sister-in-law does. Been at it for 20 years, and occasionally makes a few buck. Last year she sold every foal she had right off. This year, neither one. Going into winter with six of this year's foals to feed and six bred mares. Guess it's just like any other kind of farming.


kraig WY    Posted 09-20-2002 at 11:37:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If your close to tourest might look into Horse Bed & Breakfast. Provide a camp ground that has corral, stables, and pasture for traveling horse people. Lot of that in the Black Hills. People have a camp ground that tends horses while they run around checking out the sites, Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower & such. Also have lots of trails and National Forrest for riding around.

Check with the Western Horsemen Mag about information.

Breading horses is a good of way to go broke as any I know of. IRS looks at that more then they do other farming so be careful.


Hogman***Kraig    Posted 09-20-2002 at 18:26:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a neighbor that run a breedin farm,had some Mares'n a coupla Gildins. Said He figured He could "breed" em for three Years, sell out'n tha IRS would never catch up to'im.Last I heard He had.

Guess all it takes is a lot of guts.

Got some realy dandy Foals don't Ya noe------
Trained em ta pull tha saw logs down ta tha mill up above timber line ------------ Festus can tell Ya most'a tha story bout that.

I will say this tho, They was BIG, stood 25 hands tall'n weighed round 5000 apiece. Massive job makin harness Ya noe. Used Battle Ship anchor chain fer tugs----


June in SD to Hogman    Posted 09-21-2002 at 05:51:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Now, back in the days when I was in the Navy, we called them sea stories. That was before the Navy broke the taboo and allowed women on ships.


Hogman*** NOPE JUNE,NO SEA STORY    Posted 09-21-2002 at 11:54:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
This one is a fact,so far as havin tha Gildins,He figured "MALES IS MALES" so long as tha IRS critters don't go peekin twixt Their laigs Ya noe. Was'nt His fault tha mares never had any colts. But that was His reason for tha three yera thing,He wer'nt no dummy!

Now as ta tha last part,shame on You Girl,how could You question tha validity of such a truthful story as that. Ya done pang'm Heart Ya did.


June in SD    Posted 09-21-2002 at 12:29:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, my first clue was those geldings standing at stud. Now I been around the cup enough times to find the handle. Clydesdales? He'd adone better getting mules to pull the lumber out of the hills, they're more sure footed. Course I know how uninformed those government people can be. Some Soc.Sec. people think SD is in Canada, and I want to know why those Canadians won't fix my teeth.


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