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    12-15-2011, 08:09 AM
  #21
Foal
Our small boarding stable (16 stalls) earns enough to pay the mortage and stable related bills. It is not our sole source of income, we both work full time government jobs.

I do some training/conditioning and lessons on the side in the spring/summer. This past year I tended to trade a lot, I earned 2 very nice hay wagons, load of hay, bags of grain, and some welding work LOL

I grew up with horses (20+ years in the industry) as a owner, boarder, competitor, student, teacher, seller, buyer, trainer etc... Horses have made me poor and rich depending on the day
     
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    12-15-2011, 02:05 PM
  #22
Trained
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Or not, as the case may be. You're extremely unlikely to get rich that way, and with average starting salaries for equine veterinarians at $41,636, with $120,000 in student debt....yeah. But it does have better earning potential than trainer or groom or breeder or whatnot.

Unfortunately, Bubba is correct on this one. In my area, equine veterinarians used to make around $90,000 per year on average. With the current economy, it has gone to $30,000. I am a vet and practiced equine medicine for years. When the economy pulled the rug out on my finances, I took a job teaching anatomy at a small college. It is pretty boring by comparison, but I have to have health insurance and feed my family (and my horses). I also don't have to go out at three in the morning. If I had it to do over, I would go to human medical school.
     
    12-15-2011, 06:00 PM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Celeste    
Unfortunately, Bubba is correct on this one. In my area, equine veterinarians used to make around $90,000 per year on average. With the current economy, it has gone to $30,000. I am a vet and practiced equine medicine for years. When the economy pulled the rug out on my finances, I took a job teaching anatomy at a small college. It is pretty boring by comparison, but I have to have health insurance and feed my family (and my horses). I also don't have to go out at three in the morning. If I had it to do over, I would go to human medical school.
I am sorry to hear that! My vet is filling days doing small animals because of the same reasons you are. And a girl I know who went to school for a vet tech is a dog walker because she can't find an equine clinic to work at.

Best of luck to you!
     
    12-15-2011, 07:52 PM
  #24
Started
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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
Now, if you're lucky enough to find someone to work for, I don't know what the USA, or the UK is like, but you have one of few options. You either compete dressage at PSG, you jump S (level below grand prix) and you have a decent experience handling and breaking youngsters.
You become an au pair with some stable duties. You work on a stud farm. Or, my favourite one, working student. It pays about 200 a month. My stable bill is 240 without added extras.
Very few offer tuition, you have to find your own accomodation, driving is a plus, and HVG liscense too.
My job is a groom, so I have a salary, vacation, the posibility of raises, etc. And My housing is paid for. It is only $250/week, but that's not bad if all I have to buy is food and personal items and there is a raise in my future.

Ideally, I would like for this job to lead to others and expand my marketability in the industry, but we shall see :)
     
    12-15-2011, 11:53 PM
  #25
Trained
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
I am sorry to hear that! My vet is filling days doing small animals because of the same reasons you are. And a girl I know who went to school for a vet tech is a dog walker because she can't find an equine clinic to work at.

Best of luck to you!

Things change. I had fun while things were good. I am getting a bit too old to go running around the country side with a lariot in the middle of the night anyway. I just feel bad for the young vets that still have all those high hopes. Maybe things will turn up for them.

I am enjoying a more sedate job that allows me to the time to be riding my own horse.
     
    12-16-2011, 11:44 PM
  #26
Foal
No dought in my mind that it is very tough to make it in the horse industry, that is without being a professional rider or such. But I can say that my career is very rewarding even though we are not rich. My husband and I run a saddle barn at a state park here in Indiana. We have about 30 head of horses and make a fairly good living from doing trail rides, hayrides, lessons, etc. There is however tons of overhead costs with all that many horses, so at times it is hard but I wouldnt think of doing anything else. I get to be outside all day long, with all the horse, spending time and riding my horse ^_^ and also making people happy.
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    12-17-2011, 10:30 AM
  #27
Trained
Those horses tell me you are doing a great job! They are in terrific shape and look happy.
     
    12-17-2011, 10:52 AM
  #28
Foal
Thanks you very much :)
     
    01-11-2012, 05:17 PM
  #29
Yearling
Hi all,

I made the move to Ireland from Canada and worked as a "stable manager" for a breaking/foaling/sales prep and pre training yard.Long hours, was on about 300 per week and few days off but enjoyed it all the same.

After I had my daughter I packed it in - the hours during foaling season didn't work with a young baby. I now work as a racing secretary for a racehorse trainer. I enjoy it, I get the comfort of a warm office during the winter months but can pop out to the horses whenever I see fit :)
     
    01-14-2012, 09:55 AM
  #30
Weanling
My jobs aren't lavish, but I do love them. At home, there's food on the table, bills are paid, gas is in the car... So as long as that's covered, I'm happy with whatever I make.

I work for a local livery in Kickapoo State Park with 24 head (including my own), I also teach riding lessons there and I'm starting 3 of our horses (1 was partially trained -- was in a clinic but didn't "catch on"), as well as working with the green broke ones. I'm by far no professional trainer, but the horses learn what they need to before going out on the trails and that's all I ask for. Here, I get salary + tips & lesson fees.

My other job is the groom & "unofficial manager" at a local boarding stable, about a 10-minute drive from the other barn. I work only mornings and usually make $20 a day (hourly pay) and I work 5 days a week for the 3 horses we currently have.

CCnDodger, are you in Turkey Run or another park in Indiana??
     

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