Most livery yards are set up with riding being the focus. Even a very traditional livery yard where most horses are ridden, the benefits of opening up to the world of the non ridden activities would have many benefits for riding horses and their owners too. Many of these activities wouldn’t be expensive for livery yards to provide. Some would require a shift in cultural thinking.
The one thing we all need to thrive together as liveries, owners who ride and those who don’t ride are clear yard boundaries, ethos and rules to ensure a non-judgemental atmosphere for everyone. This requires clear leadership from the yard owner and walking the walk in management of the yard. It is a passion to be open to the fact we all have horses in our lives for very different and personal reasons. It doesn’t make one reason or approach to engaging with equines right and another wrong.
A great livery would see the opportunity to be a centre of celebration of the width of ethical equestrianism. Providing for the non ridden equine is a business opportunity as currently not many livery yards are tapping into this sector.