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post #1 of 14 Old 03-10-2012, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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Am I giving my dream up?

Throughout my life i've dreamt about owning a stable. I've dreamt of helping teach other kids to love and ride horses. I've always wanted a career with horses as I am not happier anywhere else and I had planned to go to a town 5 hours away to do a horse breeding course to try and get me into the horse industry(I'm 18 in 2 months) but I had an operation on my spine and couldnt do it the year they accepted me into it and i never got a chance to try again last year and now i've strted a hairdressing course in my home town. I find it fun, I enjoy the work but part of me still wants to be tough at work doing what I love doing rather then washing peoples hair and making small chat. I feel like i've given up what i've always wanted I'm trying to decide what to do but i really want to still get into the horse industry, but my family are happy that im doing hairdressing.
Do people ever feel like your giving your biggest dream biggest plan in life away and you dont know how to get it back.Im thinking of doing the certs in hairdressing and then doing the horse course and getting a job in that town as a hairdresser as well. Horses are too much in my life, Im not happy just having it as a hobby :/
So I suppose im asking whos given up what they want to do for now? are you going to do what you want eventually?

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-10-2012, 03:51 AM
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Can't you just reapply for the course?

I always advise people to consider how expensive horses are, and that the best way to continue being with horses is to get a job that pays well, which usually involves going to university.

Although, with your horse course, make sure its the best one to do. Many horse courses seem not to offer any real qualifications, and sometimes spending the equivalent time in horse experience can be a better decision. Think about what this qualification really means and what sort of job it will help you get.

The thing with hairdressing though is that it doesn't pay well, and the hours aren't particularly good for horse riding. In my opinion, its also an industry that even after lots of hard work to get popular, you don't really make much money. There are also heaps of hairdressers around, so I don't know how much easier it will be to break into the industry than horses. So to me you should only really do it if you love it.

You don't seem to love it, so don't do it. Yes, your family thinks its good but that doesn't mean its good for you.

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-10-2012, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I dont really want to do it and I honestly dont care about expensenses, I would work my butt off every minute of every day just to do what i love

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post #4 of 14 Old 03-10-2012, 04:53 AM
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I think it's impoprtant to persue a career that you actually enjoy as opposed to following what others think you should be doing. Youir family are not the ones haidressing and if your heart isn't in it it can be a very long and frustrating career choice for the rest of your life. Take it from someone who chose a sensible career and not persuing something that I really love. I really wanted to work with animals but I lacked the self-confidence to really persue that career option. This is my honest suggestion to you. You can always continue hairdressing until you can actually make a living out of your horse related endeavours. I wish you the best of luck in the future.
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post #5 of 14 Old 03-10-2012, 07:46 AM
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You said you had a spinal operation? What did the doctors say about your physical limitations? Making a living working with horses is brutal on your body, and unless you're the cream of the crop, you're not going to make enough money to buy your own training facility.

So, if you can't afford your own facility, you'll have to work as a floating trainer, unless a training stable is willing to hire you.

You're 18. At 18 we all had grandiose ideas about ourselves, and how we were going to set the world on fire.

I'm not telling you that you CAN'T follow your dream, just that you may have to crank it down a notch or two and will have to make compromises.
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-10-2012, 08:29 AM
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Stay with the hairdressing, do the horse thing on the side. You may be able to find a lesson program who could use a substitute or just an extra instructor on a part-time basis. If it takes off, then you can switch it up and focus more on horsework and hairdress on the side. If it doesn't, then you still have a very viable careerpath as a hairdresser.

Speaking as someone who does work in the horse industry, I'm on my way out of working in the horse industry (though I will still keep my horse, ride, train, etc). It gets old never having any money. When I do manage to save up money, a vet bill comes, he needs something done, the car breaks, a piece of tack breaks - whatever - and then it's gone. I CAN ask my husband for money, and I do when it's important, but it really gets tiresome being a grown person and unable to BE a grown person.

The best way to make a small fortune in the horse world is to start with a large one!
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-10-2012, 11:29 AM
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If you want to make a living with horses, a horse *breeding* course is not the route I would choose. Very, very few people actual make a living breeding horses, for most it's a hobby or a side job. For a young person, with no capital, I don't think it's a viable career route.

Good instructors, especially those that have a knack with children, can always make decent money, but it's best if you have some credentials. Instead of the horse breeding course, I would look at an instructor's course, then after that, be an apprentice or assistant instructor to someone with an established business.

Speed Racer made an excellent point though. Riding instructors are on their feet all day, work in all sorts of weather, and do a *lot* of lifting, carrying and pulling. And it's still the least physically demanding horse career I can think of. Do make sure you're up to the demands of the job.

The other good news is that instructing is something you can do part time or in addition to another job. There's even an argument that it's better to do it part time, so you have another source of income that isn't seasonal or weather dependent.

The bad news is that 1.) you'll be self employed 2.) no insurance, income protection or other benefits. It's a gratifying but hard way to make a living.

So, in short, I'm not telling you you have to give up your dream, but you are going to have to modify that dream to fit your real circumstances. I wish you all the best and hope you find a way to make it work for you.
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-10-2012, 11:45 AM
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I understand how you feel! My parents tried to stick me in all kinds of medical fields (nursing, vet, ect) because they wanted me to have a "good job". However i never cared to do the things. In fact i dreaded the idea. It took me making bad grades because i just didnt care enough for them to understand that unless i was happy with what i was doing i would never make it. They finally agreed to let me pursue a career in horses after a bad year in college. It took my dad six months of watching me struggle on a horse i wasnt comfortable on and watching us go from a stiff backed, breaking gait, running off fight to a reining team that can go out and run around the arena with a halter and a leadrope for him to understand that THAT was more fulfilling to me that having money. Now im an agibusiness major, passing ALL my classes (whooping the colleges rodeo team when it comes to horse knowledge) still training on my mare, and once im out of college i am going to apprentice under some competition trainers. Im coming home and training horses. Luckily my dad is letting me help him with the family business (chickens. He's an agribusiness major too) and he's giving me the barn which will be converted for horses. Keep up with your dreams. A fallback plan is always a good thing and thats why im going to college even though it isnt needed for my career path. I can always fall back on that idea... but its hard to reach out for a degree when you need it but can barely afford it.
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-10-2012, 12:36 PM
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All I ever wanted to do was run a farm & give lessons (not really train any, isn't my thing). And when I was in high-school, that's what I did. So I knew that running a place is what I was meant to do. Then reality struck, I didn't have the funds or any other resources (the last farm I ran, the owners moved away, & the property was bought by non-horse ppl). I had various odd jobs, until I found one that I enjoyed almost as much as the barn. And that's what I've been doing for the last 10 yrs. But right now, at 32 and with a family on a budget, my job lets me stay involved with horses and even give a few lessons here and there. Eventually, I'm hoping to be able to use my parents place to start and I will eventually go full-time. But for now, I am at a job that may not be 100% what I want to do, but I enjoy it.

I guess what I'm saying is, if you enjoy hairdressing, and right now it's giving you a reliable income, keep doing what you are doing. Just don't give up the dream, and realize it may just take a bit longer to come true.

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Hey dear! I have had the same issue as you. I want so badly to work with horses for a living, and wish I could run my own barn or work full time at one, but something you should remember is that it takes not only a lot of start up money, but a good knowledge of business practices. Why not see if you can work at a barn around your area, and take business classes from a local college or university. That way you get awesome experience, tons of contacts, your name gets out there, you can secure possible future boarders through the grapevine, you will graduate with a business degree and know how to run a small business, and you will be happy!
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