Amazon: What it really takes to start and run a horse business: and how to do it right the first time by Grunska, Sheri
This book was one of the first I ordered. I bought it in part because the description said that it goes over how to make a business plan for a horse business, something I’d struggled to find elsewhere. Also, several websites had recommended it.
I’ll tell you right now, I’m about halfway through and I recommend this book too.
This book has two major sections. The first, which I’ve nearly finished, is the horror story of how they started their business. They were hemorrhaging money during the building phase. It’s a miracle their business got off the ground. I think it’s a valuable story to read. But I’ll give you a hint, the way they recommend avoiding their experience is to develop a working relationship with a lawyer EARLY and have them read your building contracts.
This book is based on the author’s experience starting and running a boarding barn. This is not the sort of business I’d like to run, but I still think I will find this book invaluable as it seems to be a unique book. The topics I have found the most useful that she covers are writing a business plan, getting an agricultural loan, working with builders, dealing with (difficult clients), barn insurance, what they’d do differently, and probably more I haven’t realized yet. Actually, I love this book. She covers a LOT and she covers it well. The useful information is woven into the story of their business which makes the reading smooth and interesting. There is nothing dry about this book.
I’ll post an update once I’ve finished the book, but so far I absolutely would recommend this to anyone who’s planning to start any sort of horse business that involves a facility/farm.
The book author also has a blog: http://www.probarnmanagement.com/