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post #11 of 29 Old 02-09-2012, 10:49 PM
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just like you thats all i could say then i crunched the numbers and id be living check to check and thats no way to live so I'm now going into the family business which is owning a bar so i will be able to live comfortably
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post #12 of 29 Old 02-10-2012, 07:54 AM
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No to Midway. Program is a joke, to be honest. Went there (not for equine) and observed what students they graduated. Ehh. Less than impressed. Needless to say, I transferred.

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I totally understand wanting to make horses a career. BUT as someone who makes her living with horses, I'd strongly suggest a backup plan. I have Mgmt & Finance degrees as well as investment rep (stock broker) licenses to fall back on should I ever need it. I worked for several years at a wall street based firm and trained horses part time. After my daughter came along I gladly left the corporate grind and went to horses full time to allow me to be a stay at home mom. Best decision ever. The money, not even comparable but I make more than enough to cover overhead on a pretty nice farm and a little extra in my pocket. Doesn't hurt that my hubby has a good job as well and he funds our retirement, vacations & mad money :) I could get by fine on my own without his income but I would be making do with a lot less. There are still some days that I think it would sure be nice to have those big paychecks again but then I remember that I'd have to wear a suit everyday, so I gladly pull on my boots and get to work

Just do your research and decide what you can & can't live without. Being on your own doing the horse thing, you will more than likely be giving up quite a bit until you get established. It's all about what sacrifices you are willing to accept to follow your dream.

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post #14 of 29 Old 02-11-2012, 11:13 PM
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It's all about what sacrifices you are willing to accept to follow your dream.
That is so true. I commend you for following your dream. I definitely say get the college degree...double major in something non-horsey if possible; business, psychology, biology would all help you with horses/horse training, but have applications outside the horse industry as well. Tough world out there, and if your backup plan allows you do stay afloat financially, at least you can continue your horsey habit. It would be sad if you didn't make it with a horse career, and were then too poor to have a horse. You'd be horseless AND broke. Get the degree, go for your dreams, and have a backup plan that will pay for your horses!
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post #15 of 29 Old 02-17-2012, 07:05 PM
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Check out Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA!!! If you're serious about turning your love of horses into a career, then I swear that's the place to go. Good luck! :)
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Not sure where you are located..but there is a college in Alberta called "olds" I've heard good things about their horse program there
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post #17 of 29 Old 02-20-2012, 09:42 AM
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I totally understand wanting to make horses a career. BUT as someone who makes her living with horses, I'd strongly suggest a backup plan. I have Mgmt & Finance degrees as well as investment rep (stock broker) licenses to fall back on should I ever need it. I worked for several years at a wall street based firm and trained horses part time. After my daughter came along I gladly left the corporate grind and went to horses full time to allow me to be a stay at home mom. Best decision ever. The money, not even comparable but I make more than enough to cover overhead on a pretty nice farm and a little extra in my pocket. Doesn't hurt that my hubby has a good job as well and he funds our retirement, vacations & mad money :) I could get by fine on my own without his income but I would be making do with a lot less. There are still some days that I think it would sure be nice to have those big paychecks again but then I remember that I'd have to wear a suit everyday, so I gladly pull on my boots and get to work

Just do your research and decide what you can & can't live without. Being on your own doing the horse thing, you will more than likely be giving up quite a bit until you get established. It's all about what sacrifices you are willing to accept to follow your dream.
This is what I was told when I wanted to do the horse-thing full-time as a career. You need to have a back-up plan, something to fall back on - especially because it can be tough starting out. If you don't have a spouce to help you, are you going to bring in enough to put away for retirement? Vacation? Supporting children?

I ended up going to school for 3 years to become a veterinary technician. That was my back-up plan. I don't plan to continue with training horses but I do want to do trimming.
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post #18 of 29 Old 02-21-2012, 10:58 AM
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The one thing I like about stephens college is our pet program. You can board your horse on campus, plus we have pet dorms so you can have a dog, cat, rabbit, etc on campus with you. Plus there is now a scholarship for fostering pets for 3000. Its a really neat program.
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post #20 of 29 Old 02-21-2012, 12:30 PM
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I went to Findlay for a year and rode at both barns. The western barn is amazing! I would stay away from their English barn. It is bad news. You won't learn anything at the English barn. I know you are pretty set on working in horses for a career but you will be eating cat for dinner. :p.
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