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post #1 of 19 Old 05-23-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Calling all breeders!! Breeding as a career?

I was just curious, how many of you on here have a successful career breeding horses? I'm still in highshool, and trying to figure out what to do with my life. I'd love a job with horses obviously, but I've heard a lot about it not being a steady career. It's best as a hobby, but I just wanted to see! :)
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post #2 of 19 Old 05-23-2012, 09:56 PM
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Personally I think it depends on what exactly you want out of it. The chances of becoming rich doing it is like winning powerball. But obviously some can make a comfortable living with horses. Takes alot of money to breed top horses to make good money. Most stables need to combine services such as lessons training etc etc. Pick a breed and breed to improve not cross out. Pick you discipline and excell in it. Maybe even vet school and specialize in rehabilitation. There are many areas to specialize in. Learn as much as you can. That's how one succeeds in horses.

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Thank you for the reply.

I was thinking a "comfortable living" :) I don't want to be rich, I mean I wouldn't complain lol but you know what I mean.

So it is possible to make a comfortable living with horses. I love reining, I like endurance racing, and eventing. None of which I have done myself, but interest me very much.
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For me its comfortable there are times things get rough but you get that in any career.

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post #5 of 19 Old 05-24-2012, 12:02 AM
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At this stage of the economy I wouldn't recommend becoming a breeder of horses. If you enjoy that aspect of horsemanship, then go to college and learn about it and specialize in reproduction and foaling out. You can either become a very valued member of a large breeding operation's breeding team or their vet if you want to take it that far. A good repro manager is worth their weight in gold or an excellent repro vet is also priceless. Let someone else foot the bills and you get to play with their horses. After many many years in horses, I've learned that really, the best way to make money with them is to provide services to those who own them and preferably not even own any of your own horses. I don't practice what I preach though, LOL! I own 10 and thank God for clients every day.
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Thank you for the advice. I'm about to be a Junior so I figured I had better figure out what I'm doing. I would defiantly want to own at least two horses :) lol. But that seems like a good idea!
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I will tell you my life lesson.

Back in the day when I first was around horse shows and show people there was a farm that I was just in aw of.

They had it all....won most classes....big truck and trailers.

I wanted to be like the Howards!!!!

Make a lot of money in horses.

I held this thought for years.

Then I got a colt and was showing him.

I never knew what to say to the Howards......so as we were leaning on the fence...I asked if they were going to the four day show next week end.

To my surprise they were not going.

They told me the strawberry crop would be in and it was make it or, not for the year.

They made their money farming....not from horses.......

The more I looked around.....the more I saw how little money there was in raising horses.

I always had to have a job to support the horses.

I am getting back into it now......for a tax write off......the other side of the game.
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It's called horse poor for a reason.
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post #9 of 19 Old 05-24-2012, 11:43 AM
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Sadly, it is very true. To make a small fortune in the Equine World, you gotta start with a large one ;c) ..

That being said: The Equine Industry is the second largest industry in the United States. There IS money. However, it's not in the breeding. It's not even in the boarding or in the training. It's in the services offered.
In the Equine Industry it is like in any industry: The money is, where the specialization is. Services is what brings money, not labor. IMHO, it is like in any other industry: Labor is WAY underpaid, Service and knowledge is overpaid if you know how to market yourself right.

Good Luck with it all and I hope you find your niche. I study Equine Management and Training, MIGHT go after a double Major in Equine Science and am still looking for my Niche ...
Horse jobs in my area here unfortunately are rare and far between - and when you find them, they are underpaid :c) ... So, we are kinda in the same boat, with the difference that I am over 30 and kinda start lacking the time to really find something worthwhile *lol* not sure if I ever find a job that pays off my studying :P
Cross your fingers, I'll cross mine and we hope the best for the two of us Good Luck !
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post #10 of 19 Old 05-24-2012, 03:54 PM
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The only way I can really see making money breeding horses is have a huge place that takes in other peoples studs. Have a vet on staff all year round. Have others mares and studs that stay there all year round. If you look in the cutting world most of the big time studs are at places like that. Why is that? The owner of them studs have other jobs to support there horse habbit.
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