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post #11 of 19 Old 05-24-2012, 04:05 PM
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The only folks that I know that can make a living doing breeding have a very diversified business. They also farm/sell hay, train, give lessons, do trail rides and kid horse camps, etc. They also do construction related jobs since they already have tractors, dump trucks, etc. Doing all this, they can keep everything going even when a couple parts of their business are slow. Due to the economy breeding and training have been money losers and lessons have been in high demand. Hay always is a winner, but there's not much profit.
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post #12 of 19 Old 05-24-2012, 04:16 PM
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I can relate to you wanting to start a breeding business. That is my dream and still very much is. Funds to get started is a big thing. Banks don't loan anything out for nothing especially horses. You have to start big to make it big. I have a wonderful stallion and one mare and currently looking for another when I can afford it. Its very expensive. Bloodlines and show record are the biggest things. Conformation and temperment is too. I would continue to go to school and save as much as possible. Not trying to discourage you but the economy isn't great. You have to basically have to have a business flowing to keep your horse business going.
Having top dollar stallions and mares are good too. I'm entering the same world too. :) good luck! :)
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I have a BS in Equine Science and specialized in reproduction. I work on a modest size breeding farm as their farm manager/broodmare manager. My job is basically to breed and foal out in the spring, and train the young ones and run the farm the rest of the year. I never had interest in training before, but if I could go back I would take all the training classes I could so I could be even better at my job. The breeding season is only half the year, you need other skills to keep you busy (and valuable!!!) for the rest of the time you're employed. Specialize in training, riding, giving lessons, etc and also work as a broodmare/stallion manager on somone else's farm. It's a great job, and is very rewarding. :) But like everyone has said, you will live comfortably but never be rich. It's completely possible to make it a career, just be ready to start small and work your way up to larger farms to make money. Be sure you offer more than just reproduction specialization and you will be a marketable employee and have no trouble finding a place in the industry.
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post #14 of 19 Old 05-25-2012, 02:42 PM
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I would say yes you can make money in breeding, training, and lessons but I would by no means call the horsey lifestyle "comfortable". It's very competitive and skin or swim. You will work your butt of working long hours. My favorite saying when people ask why I'm working on Christmas is horses eat and poop on holidays and weekends too. Honestly all that work is NOT worth it. If you can't continue in the horse work, for whatever reason, what do you have to fall back on?? Then dealing with psycho horse people that a sue happy over the slightest nick or that you didn't pick out one nugget of poop out of the stall. Then there is burn out. I love horses too, but I get burnt out teaching lessons. And if you think you will have time to ride your own horse I doubt it. My boss has to get up at 6:30am to ride her mare or wait until after 7:30. But by then who has the time or energy? Plus I'm sure you are going to want a family too...

I would rather go to school for something that I can live comfortably on. For example I'm going to be an RN within the next two years. I'll be living quiet comfortably and I'll finally be able to afford the nice reining horse I've always dreamed of. I'll be able to afford consistent lessons and shows. Next my goal would be to move and find my own property with a small barn where I could take on a few boarders and lessons if I want to.

Generally I want to kept my love for horses, not become burnt out of 24/7 headache of running a traininf/boarding/breeding facility.
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Another thing you can think about is that you don't have to be directly involved with horses on a daily basis. You could be a yearling sales rep or run the office of a breeding farm or work for a company that produces breeding supplies. There are other jobs in the industry you could do that don't involve working with horses directly but you could still make it a career so you don't get burned out.
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post #17 of 19 Old 05-26-2012, 11:34 PM
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Good luck with your career whatever it is.
Set a goal and pursue it. If you want something bad enough you will make it happen.
I think to be successful in breeding you must have a very good broodmare band. Breed to improve your herd and breed for uniformity.
Stallions come and go. They can be popular for a few years and then be almost forgotten If you follow those trends in breeding you may end up with a lot of young horses that are no longer desirable.
If you have a good solid herd of mares that never goes out of style there will always be buyers. Plus you will know what to expect from each breeding. That eliminates a lot of the risk.
The key to success is education. Knowledge is power and the key to financial stability. Once again good luck. Shalom
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Thank you, I'm still unsure haha
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-27-2012, 11:34 AM
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Have you ever heard the saying "It takes money to make money".....well the would be particularly true with breeding horses.

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