Originally Posted by SlideStop
Id be wary of en equine career for several reasons. 1) they tend to not be very sustainable. It can wax and wane with the economy. You'll have to really be diligent about saving for retirement on what your making. 2) when you make a hobby into a career it can really get old fast. After working 8-10 hour a day with horses the last thing I want to do is spend more time with my horse. In my opinion the barn and horses should be time to relax and take a break from life.
Also, check your states laws. Every state is different regarding what you have to be to be a dentist, chiropractor, etc.
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This. I know of some people that have planned their lives very well and enjoy their lives as barn owners/managers. They run good operations, do training and lessons, hire people to do most of the "grunt work", and have their own personal horses to work with. But- both of the people that immediately come to mind have husbands that are vets
BUT- more than twice this number of people are those that are middle aged, fed up with their jobs, and never want to ride. My barn owner has several of her own personal horses, and she never rides them. Between running our barn and working at another barn during the day I have seen her saddle up and ride three times since I moved here in May. And all three of those times was because I practically begged her to ride with me! Last summer she wanted to make one of her geldings her "summer project". When it got a little cooler she thought it would be lovely weather to put another of her geldings back into work. Neither of those things ever happened. She's either caught up in barn obligations, too tired, or can't get the motivation up to do it. I don't blame her. After waking up at some ungodly hour, feeding our barn, caring for another barn, coming back to feed and clean stalls at our barn, I don't know how much time I'd want to spend with more horses! It's a similar story with my farrier and my old trainer. All of them love horses and care for their personal horses deeply, but they just can't seem to find the motivation to spend the time with them after a horse filled day.
Don't let this be discouraging- I'm just trying to make you aware that what seems like a good idea when you're in your teens or 20s may have gotten VERY old very fast when you're in your 50s!