The spring issue of Stable Management magazine contains a plethora of "put-it-to-use" information for those who manage horses, farms, stables or are riding instructors.
Our cover story on page 4 is Who Will Take Over My Equine Business? This article addresses a growing concern in the equine industry. Many stables are owned by folks who have been in the industry 30 or more years and are getting to a stage in life where they might want to—or have to–look toward who is going to carry on after they decide to cut back or leave the industry. Even if your exit is a long way off, you need to consider what your plan is for your business.
Next we look at The Effect of Weight on Horse Performance on page 12. As the managers of horses, especially school horses, we need to be aware of the burdens we put on our animals. In this article we discover that problems can arise when a rider is too heavy for a specific horse or uses an ill-fitting saddle.
A stall should be a safe and comfortable place for your horse. We enlisted the aid of Animal Arts' architect Heather Lewis, EAWA, to guide us in The Basics of Stall Design on page 16.
Did you know that even if someone is on your property illegally that you still might have liability exposure? Learn more from attorney Denise Farris in Liability for Non-Clients on Your Property on page 20.
Learn how land use, your management plan and zoning ordinances factor into the equation of How Much Land Per Horse? You can find this article on page 26.
On page 30 we have an article on Equine Back Pain. Whether back pain is primary or secondary to other problems, proper diagnosis and treatment are necessary to improve performance and well-being.
Horse farm and boarding stable owners, as well as riding instructors, can use the business information found on page 36 in the 2018 Stable Management Fees Survey.
Anyone with a fear of horses or riding needs to be taken slowly through a confidence-building process by an experienced instructor. Learn more on page 40 in Facing Your Fears.
Teaching exercises that improve rider balance relaxation, centeredness and self-awareness should be an important part of a lesson program. See more in Learning Balance on Horseback on page 44.
In our article on Joint Care on page 45, you will see that there are many products on the market that can make a difference to your horse’s joint soundness.