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    11-01-2012, 05:53 PM
Job as an Equine Appraiser???

Just wondering if any of you have careers as an equine appraiser? If so, or if you have any experience with someone who does, what is the job like and what are the pros/cons? If you could also tell me information about certification, salary, and what your work day is like that would be great. Thanks!
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    11-02-2012, 12:29 AM
... Is that a 'career' that actually exists? Doesn't sound to me like you'd make much money unless you're an equestrian super star.
    11-02-2012, 07:32 AM
Yes of course it exists, and equine appraisers can make very good money, especially if they work full time:

"The BLS reports that appraisal professionals earn an annual mean wage of $60,200 in 2010. This figure translates to an hourly rate of $28.94 when factored out over a standard 40-hour work week before the deduction of taxes and benefits. Appraisers and claims adjusters in the lowest earnings percentile averaged $17.17 per hour, or $35,710 per year, while those in the top earnings percentile reported annual earnings of $88,320, or $42.46 per hour."

Read more: Salary for an Equine Appraiser | Salary for an Equine Appraiser |

*So I guess like every job, it depends where you are, what you are doing, and who you are working for.
    11-02-2012, 08:04 AM
I tried for 2 years to make it work. Websites, cold calls, calling insurance companys, etc. In 2 yrs I had 3 appraisals. I'm not trying to discourage you, but if you are looking at it for an immediate income, I wouldn't recommend it. Maybe as something on the side.
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    11-02-2012, 11:53 AM
You might be better off trying to do that for an insurance company.
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    11-02-2012, 12:10 PM
Were you certified through the ASEA? Why do you think that you had such a hard time creating this business (factor: location, job demand, etc?) Thanks.
    11-02-2012, 12:21 PM
I would hope that an equine appraiser would have extensive background in horses. Judging, Breeding, etc.

ASEA.. I only breifly looked at their site.. but is that just a class and membership program? I noticed they offer a "Home Study" if you can't make a 4 day seminar? I think just as a horse owner I would want my horse appraised by someone who didn't learn in a class or at a weekend long clinic. I'd rather find someone with extensive history in breeding, judging and showing in my horse's breed. I didn't read all of their site though.

It would definitely be a unique job and if you could market it with the right background, you could travel for work!
    11-02-2012, 01:02 PM

I completely agree. I talked briefly with a representative of ASEA the other day and he basically said to be a certified equine appraiser you must take their 4 1/2 day certification course, however he did not elaborate on the "home courses". I have a feeling they are not as easy to obtain as they sound, at least I hope, as I personally would not pay someone who took a weekend course online at home to appraise my horses. He did say that the certifications vary on the person's experience and knowledge of different breeds, for example a person with western pleasure AQHA experience would not go out and appraise endurance horses. I am hoping that this is something I can successfully get into, whether it be part time or full time. I am currently getting my Bachelor's degree in Equine Studies and I'm finishing up my Equine Massage Therapy certification within the next month. I also have 10+ years of equine ownership and competition experience, as well as equine judging class credits. I'm definitely going to look into it some more but thanks for the info & opinions!
    11-02-2012, 03:47 PM
Originally Posted by EnduranceLover6    
Were you certified through the ASEA? Why do you think that you had such a hard time creating this business (factor: location, job demand, etc?) Thanks.

I took the ASEA course in Pheonix and was certified thru them. At the time I think it was just a 2 or 3 day course. When I started I was EXTREMELY involved with the horse community, but there was just no need for it, even with the insurance companies. I talked with several equine insurance carriers that covered my state and said that at that time an "official" appraiser was an unneccasry added expense. Fair market value evaluations by trainers, vets, judges, and brokers was quicker and cheaper. Believe me, I tried.

It wasn't that I wasn't qualified, I placed in the top 10 in all of the judging meets I was in (well over 40) during high school, and was working on getting my open judging card. I was also promoting a stud, and giving lessons. Not to mention that I had grown up around horses and show, so many people knew me.

What it came down to in my area (maybe yours is different), there was and still is NO use for a certified appraiser. Everyone likes the concept, but the mentality is why pay for a formal appraisal and all the attachments when a 1 page letter stating their opinion of the value of the horse from the above mentioned professionals bares as much weight and is most likely quite a bit cheaper.

Like I said earlier, I don't want to discourage anyone, but I would most definitely do it as a side job for starters, and don't plan on it ever being a full-time income. If you are able to get a few appraisals a year, it would be good horsey funding $$.
    11-02-2012, 03:53 PM
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