A Note about Sugarbush Draft Horses
I see it over and over again, and no matter how many times it's said, it's still wrong. "Sugarbush Drafts are just an Appaloosa Draft Cross". Uh.... no. The Sugarbush Draft Horse was a breed created many years ago in Ohio. While the initial cross was made using Percherons to Appaloosas, in the many generations following, the breed has been solidified into a consistent type. Saying these horses are "just" a draft cross makes as much sense as saying that AQHA horses are "just" a Thoroughbred cross, American Cream Drafts are "just" a dilute Belgian, or that Morgans are "just" a grade.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Yeah... then I woke up.
I have learned that the horse business is a special one. You can either go broke doing it right, or lose sleep doing it right and trying to do it ALL.
Hmm. I chose option #2. Since we opened, I have learned some aspects of the legal trade. I learned about contracts, liens, paper trails, and how to be a good client for your attorney. I learned to back up and store all of my digital agreements, properly file my written ones, and to keep EVERYTHING.
I learned market research. What does the market want to buy this week? Is it a fast moving trend, or will it last a few years. How does it affect me? How can I capitalize on it? I can write a business plan. I learned how to apply for grants (although, I've only used that for the animal shelter I worked for).
I learned photography skills. I can adjust camera settings for maximum effect in a horse picture, I can choose a quality camera by its technical description, and I know just where to stand to get the best shot of a horse. I also know that the horse always blinks, puts its ears back, or moves a leg at the right time.
So, now I'm learning videography. Not as easy as photography, but I'm working on it. I have a nice digital DVR, a good tripod, and I absolutely hate my editing software! I think once I get good software, I'll be able to progress a lot. I have to say here that a tripod is priceless! Get a GOOD steady sturdy one, not a cheapy one (like I did at first).
I'm also learning to develop a website. Designing it, seeing the lay out, choosing good color schemes, and keeping it looking professional aren't as easy as I thought it would be. I can't code in any language, and I'm definately not a web designer! I can use a WYSIWYG editor (What you see is what you get). I use my above digital editing skills to make graphics that I need, and I use my business skills to help market my product effectively (even if what I'm marketing is just knowledge). I'd say I'm a healthy novice at web design.
Next, I need to learn language. Not just writing to be understood, but writing to persuade and evoke emotions. I tend to be either too flat, or too verbose (shocking to every one reading this, I'm sure!). A good portion of websites and any marketing is the verbage. Mine.... needs work.
I never knew that operating a horse business required so many non horsey skills. I have barely touched the surface of the things I need to know, but I hope to one day learn much more. I have to wonder, is this why so many horse businesses lose money rather then make it? Ironically, my first major in college was a double major of advertising art and photography... back before we did either one digitally. My second major was business, just because its safe (lasted a whole semester). I ended up studying biology. I am occasionally awed at how things have worked out. I always thought that so much of what I had learned would be useless later in life. Although, I still haven't found a use for that 14th Century French Lit course I had to take!
Has any one else found that being around horses made you pick up skills that you never knew you would need?
Posted by Pinzgauer at 3:52 PM