I am hoping to find a few people who will help me brainstorm some ideas of how I can work toward a job in the equine industry. It is a dream of mine to be able to work around horses and do a job I love every day, but I have no idea where to start.
I have a unique situation in that I have already attended a four-year university and graduated with a degree in economics. I am currently working in my field of study at a great full-time job. My background with horses is limited due to the fact that neither I nor my family has ever been able to afford one. I am anxious to finally have my own horse, as I know it would give me a huge foot in the door to have that experience, but as a recent graduate, I know I am not yet able to take full financial responsibility for a horse.
I'm looking down the road and would like to find a job that allows me to be around horses but also pays well (minimum $40k to $45k per year). Since I don't have the resources and experience to be a trainer or instructor at this point, that means I'm looking more along the lines of business jobs that are related to the horse industry.
My experience with horses is limited to volunteer work and about a year of dressage riding. I'd be open to working in any industry, but I'm just not sure what types of jobs are out there or where I should be looking. I'm also not sure how to prepare, as I must keep my current job to support myself financially, and that limits my ability to do any additional schooling or other part-time work.
I currently live in Oregon, but I'm open to moving pretty much anywhere after about four more years or so in my current location. My big question is how do I prepare for my dream job in the next four years while I'm working at my current job? Any suggestions, ideas, or personal experience is welcome! Thank you!