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        05-18-2014, 08:59 PM
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    Yearling
    Is this actually possible in today's economy?

    Ok so I've always told myself that I've wanted to get a college degree in biochemistry and I've just finished up several general college courses...however, I've been thinking how I do not really want to work in the same building/lab all day...

    I have this crazy idea of opening up my very own barn and buying surrounding land for trails...I'd like to be a riding instructor and maybe even train some horses. I really just want to share my love of horses with others...so I was thinking that starting in September I could go to a riding facility I found out west looking for a volunteer to work a few hours a day and help teach beginner riders and help out at shows in return for full room, board, and a few lessons...but is it worth it? Should I continue college online while I'm away? What should I major in? Barn management maybe? But the big question is will I be able to really have a successful living from this kind of job...or do you think I might have to always be scrambling for money...growing up I've been in a pretty nasty situation money wise and my parents always encouraged me to go to college for science to bring inlots of money later in life...I'm stuck and I need advice! I've heard of apprenticeships as well...any recommendations of where I can find these kinds of opportunities...all responses will be greatly appreciated!
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        05-18-2014, 10:01 PM
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    Showing
    You're not going to make any money boarding. Most high end boarding barns have their own trainers, as that's where any profit will come from. If you want to become an instructor you'll need to apprentice with a good one, and you'll earn clientele a little at a time. Which means living hand to mouth for a long time, with no guarantee of success.

    Just remember, when you get hurt you won't be able to work, which means no money coming in. Only the really well known trainers make enough to have a substantial bank balance, but they're constantly training and showing other people's horses to high levels.

    Stay in school, earn a degree that will be useful and help you obtain a decent job, and dabble in horses on the side. Trying to make a go of it in the horse industry is tough, and far too many trainers wind up physically broken and impoverished.

    If you want a good nest egg, a nice home, and have enough to eat, you're unlikely to get all of that by trying to be a BO/instructor.
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        05-18-2014, 10:05 PM
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    Foal
    Since you are good at science, maybe you would make a great vet? You could specialize in horses! You could save horses lives and have lots of money! Or if you are a natural horse person, you could be a farrier. My barn owner says that farriers in the big show barns make a ton of money. I pay my farrier $30 to just trim my horse's feet, and that doesn't take him much time at all.
         
        05-18-2014, 11:09 PM
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    Trained
    Keep in mind that in the latest college grad report, the average starting salary in the Biochem field is $42,900.
         
        05-19-2014, 12:10 AM
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    Trained
    Stay in school and find a way to graduate debt free. Then once you've started working in your field, you will be able to save for a place such as you describe and you'll be able to afford to share your love of horses.
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        05-19-2014, 01:18 AM
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    Trained
    The best way to make a small fortune in the horse world is to start with a large one.

    People say that if you have a job you love, you will never work a day in your life. This is true, to a point. When the work day ends, and you don't have money to do anything fun, or your work day never truly ends - will you really feel the same way? Barn managers don't make very much money. A lot of people say that's okay, because they're not into material things. However, all things that are necessary require money. You may very well have a job you love, but you won't make much money. Cars break. People break - what happens if you fall? Who will run the farm and train the horses? What happens if you get hurt and can't ride anymore? Who will run the farm and train the horses? What would you do for income?

    Stay in college, get the degree. You can always learn how to be a trainer and do that on the side if you really want. You can also save up and one day buy a facility if that's what you really want to do and hire excellent staff so that you're not tied to the barn 24/7.

    Biochem will pay leaps and bounds more than any horse job. Yes you'll be in a lab all day, but you will be able to afford better for yourself and your horse(s) off of that paycheck than you ever could in a barn.
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        05-19-2014, 01:32 AM
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    If inside the lab all day is not want your want, how about working towards a Criminal Forensic Science Degree, biochemistry is one of the prerequisites and you might have the chance to work In the Field part of the time depending on which part you of that field you work towards.

    I agree with the others, making money in the Horse World can be very hard and a long, long journey for paying high salaries, a Vet might not be a bad idea either....

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        05-19-2014, 12:45 PM
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    Yearling
    You would need to have a job on the side (other than horse related).

    I'm not sure about the Biochemistry field, but I've known several people who have graduated and not been able to find a job with their degree. Make sure there are available jobs in that area.
         
        05-20-2014, 01:28 PM
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    Yearling
    Thanks guys for the responses! I'll definitely look into biochem in forensics, that sounds really cool! After a lot of thought from your responses I think I'll just get a degree in an extremely promising area and keep my horses separate from work!
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