Horse Businesses the Focus of Indiana Seminar

The Horse Business Seminar, designed for those who provide services to horse owners, will be Nov. 7 at the Purdue Calumet Conference Center in Hammond, Ind.

"These are challenging times for everyone," said Mark Russell, MS, PhD, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service equine management specialist. "Many stables and horse businesses are finding that their customers can't afford to pay regular boarding and service fees, but at the same time, feed and other input costs are escalating."

Russell said Indiana has more than 34,000 operations that house more than 160,000 horses, generate more than 9,000 jobs and have an economic impact of more than $207 million in the state.

This seminar, Russell said, is designed to help stable owners and other horse industry service providers evaluate and better manage their business.

"If this means passing some of increasing costs of doing business to the client, then we'll help them do that without losing clients," said Russell, who is one of the seminar speakers.

Registration for the seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the first session beginning at 9 a.m.

Topics will include everything from putting together a business plan and preparing for and surviving tax audits, to the economics of equine health care, and successful boarding stable techniques and experiences. In addition to a number of topics and speakers, there will be an equine welfare panel discussion.

Registration, due Nov. 1, is $35 for the first person from a business and $25 per person for multiple people from the same business. College students also can attend the seminar for $25. The registration fee includes lunch and materials. A complete agenda and registration information is available at the Indiana Horse Council Web site.

The seminar is sponsored by Purdue Extension, Purdue Calumet, Indiana Horse Council, and Kent Feeds.

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