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        05-24-2013, 08:02 PM
    I don't want to work all the time
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        05-24-2013, 09:11 PM
    Here's what I don't mind sharing about what I do and know of :)

    My dream was to train horses and do train and resell projects. I absoloutly LOVE and ADORE training. But, there isn't a lot of money in it, unless you are a top of the line trainer. So my training, as hard of a decision as it was for me, has become my spare time/hobby - that I make time for, and it's great for bonus money being made on the side, but no way to make a living off of. You have to factor in feed and time mainly. You have to think of the train and re sell projects as a job (which is hard for me since I always end up falling for them) but you need to get them in and out to make the highest revenue, but also do a quality job and leave no holes in your training - the latter is where you loose money. The longer you have the horse, the more money goes into it.

    Doing your own breeding - there isn't a whole heck of a lot of money to be made there either. You put all your money into the stud for his training, then your broodies feed, AI, ultrasound, etc. Then the baby care when they get here, plus all the work and feeding for the outside mares. Even if you sell foals in-utero, there isn't a whole heck of a lot to be made in my experience. If you're lucky, your stud will bring in a little money, to kind of cover his costs.

    For the rest I'm not so experienced in, I had thought about boarding for awhile, but didn't want the drama, with some of the barns I've ridden at around my area - there's just WAY to much horse drama in my town.

    I've settled with the job I have now, because I can afford my horse habit off my wage. It was a hard pill to swallow at first, but you have to do whats right for your situation. Off my wage alone, I can afford my horses, just bought a new trailer, bills and my fiance' helps with the rest (as he should :)). You need to do the soul searching and figure out what you want and what your connections are in the horse world. And just because you have connections doesn't mean it'll be easy either. I worked with a well known trainer around here, and he doens't make a whole lot after everything, and I sure don't either.

    Find where your heart belongs, and you'll figure out the right choice :)
        05-24-2013, 10:06 PM
    Most horse related jobs pay little, some pay nothing or less than nothing. About the only jobs I can think of are horse chiropractor/RMT, farrier, vet, but all need training & certification and vet needs years of university. Farrier will keep you in good shape or busted up, whichever.
        05-24-2013, 11:56 PM
    What do you mean 'you don't want to work all the time?'. Define that, are you hoping to work part time all your life or are you looking for part time right now? Any career you get out of school to support yourself is probably going to be full time, and if you want to do anything with horses it WILL be full time if you're planning on supporting yourself at all.
        05-25-2013, 01:10 AM
    OP I think perhaps a horse based job may not be for you if you're wanting to make a lot of money and not work all the time.
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        05-25-2013, 01:17 AM
    Originally Posted by Crossescowgirl    
    I don't want to work all the time
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    Here in lies (< did I spell that right?), an issue.

    Working with horses almost has to be a way of life. Training=riding something every day. Farrier= horses every day (once had a shoe pulled in church clothes). Vet=my horse is dying NOW. I could go on, but won't.

    If you're life and passion isn't equine, that's fine. Pleasure ride, board your horses, and enjoy the time you spend.
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        05-25-2013, 06:44 AM
    Originally Posted by Crossescowgirl    
    I don't want to work all the time
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    Then perhaps you need to marry money.
        05-25-2013, 08:42 AM
    I don't want to work all the time either, which is why I have a regular 40 hour a week desk job and keep my horses as a hobby.

    If you want a 40 hour a week horse job that will pay you a living wage, forget about it. They simply don't exist.
        05-25-2013, 07:33 PM
    I was thinking something like a equine appraiser or a artifical insemination speacialist
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        05-25-2013, 10:59 PM
    Equine appraisal isn't a big industry in itself, to get there and be reputable you have to work your way up- rider, trainer, big shows, judge. You can be an 'equine appraiser' for people who don't know any better, but you wont make very much money.

    And to be an AI specialist you'd better be excellent with academics, and even then I don't know that it's a big field in its own. Usually it's done by a vet, is it not? Who can be there to assist if something goes wrong. If it isn't, and you do work as an AI specialist I'm not sure there's much 'big money' in it.

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