Young entrepreneur uses horse sense to open business

Love of horses leads to new business

Ever since Becki Oberg was a child she has felt a kinship with horses, so it should come as no surprise that she and her husband, Jacob, have their own business, Bold Equine.

“I started my first horse when I was eleven,” said Oberg. “My family always had horses, so it was a fun project to do.”

Oberg raised her Paint Horse, Wally from the time he was a colt and loved every minute of it.

“Now I work with about 200 horses a year,” she said with a smile. “Any level, any discipline.”

Oberg grew up in Lacombe, but now lives at Hoadley where she and her husband are building a horse training facility. Bold Equine offers horse training, boarding, lessons and training for competitors. The owners also teach anatomy and nutrition so horse owners can give their animals the best care possible.

Oberg opted to go into the equine business about five years ago when people offered to pay her for her services. It was, no doubt, a leap of faith to quit her job in retail finance, but it has paid off.

“Getting a horse that’s not been handled and training him to be safe for children or inexperienced adults is a great experience. It’s pretty exciting.”

Oberg has competed in western pleasure, hunter under saddle, dressage and jumping and was fifth in Alberta in hunter under saddle last year. She plans to show in dressage next year.

The Obergs also work with liberty and trick horses meaning the horses have no restraints when they are doing tricks. Teaching a horse to do tricks without restraints means the animal has to decide himself that he wants to do it, said Oberg. Presently, she owns an Appaloosa named Smelly that will sit on a couch and also fetch like a dog.

Helping people enjoy horses and learn about them and helping the horses, themselves, become the best they can be is definitely a passion for Oberg. She never gives up on horses, even those that others feel should be put down.

“They all deserve a chance,” she said. “If you can fix them it’s worth it and they can live a productive life.”

For more information about Bold Equine check out www.boldequine.com or facebook.com-boldequine

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