Sunday, April 29, 2012
Boom, Bust & Echo
According to his article,Get ready for the small town boom, David explains how baby boomers will be retiring to the small towns. Great! "With retirement looming over the next two decades, many Boomers will be seeking a slower paced life...Smaller communities can offer a viable alternative for the Boomers' retirement. Moving to a smaller community can provide them with an opportunity to cash in their city house and possibly add to their ever-challenged nest egg for retirement. "
Perhaps these Boomers will want to spend some of their retirement money on horses? Perhaps Boomers will now get that horse that they've always dreamed of owning. Let's hope so. The article continues: "By examining the spending and activity patterns of seniors, communities can develop facilities and services that will be attractive to this growing demographic. "
I think this is where the horse industry needs to focus. David finishes the article by explaining that if "rural areas are going to take on the challenge of providing healthy and fulfilling lives to an aging population with a rapidly growing active young seniors group, they will need to create an inventory of existing community attributes and a plan to develop appropriate facilities and services for the retiring Boomers. "
Barns dedicated to young seniors? Older, well trained horses? More trail riding activities? I don't know if Baby boomers are interested in showing? But they may want to get their grandkids involved.
I certainly have seen the start of this trend. More and more of my students are baby boomers who are in retirement or just ready to enter retirement, who want to finally have a horse and learn how to ride better. Humm... Something to think about..
Putting my spin on my retirement!