What should I do?

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What should I do?

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        05-21-2014, 02:42 PM
    What should I do?

    Okay so I have been looking into some sort of schooling in the equine field but not sure what I really should do. I looked into equine science and getting a degree in horse training and hopefully that would help in getting more clients horses to train. Seams like people here aren't as open about someone training their horse if they don't have some sort of degree, which is understandable, it's just that I didn't have a family that would help me with anything. I thought of vet assistant, but it's not exactly what I was looking for. Maybe just a regular Vet and work towards becoming an equine vet, but the schooling is SSOOO expensive! There is also the option of becoming a farrier or dentist, but idk how much schooling it involves and exactly how much it is. Any thoughts or advice is much appreciated. Thanks
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        05-22-2014, 11:37 PM
    Are you on your own or living with parents? Either way you could always apply for financial aid. It would cover most if not all expenses for the first few years.

    I wouldn't waste my time with a degree in horse training. If you are good, people will come. A better idea would be to try to get with some of the top trainers in your area and move up from there. Learn as much as you can and become well rounded.

    If becoming a vet is what you are passionate about, go for it. It is normal for most college students to take out loans. My vet was out on his own at a young age. By the time he graduated he had over $200,000 in student loans. Now, some vets never make it big and are stuck with an ever growing loan, unable to pay it off. And others are very successful without a worry in the world. It depends on how far you want to go with your career.
        05-23-2014, 03:02 PM
    I don't live with my parents, I live on my own but my parents weren't really supportive anyways. And I am a good trainer, was trained by a top level dressage rider and she has been training horses for years... just hard around here because I don't have anyone telling people about me. But I will look into working with trainers around here.

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