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post #11 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 12:18 PM
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Go with ME, you will be grateful that you did. I dropped out of an Equine Studies program because I realized the degree isn't going to get me anywhere, it's the experience. In today's economy, making $40,000/year isn't enough. Believe me, that's a little less than what I make and I had to take on a 2nd job to support my family.
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Last time I checked training was a full time job....but can it be part time? Well, I think I need to look for some trainers where I live to see if I can do like an apprenticeship.

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post #13 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 12:41 PM
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Go with the ME!! I know they say "do something you love and you will never work a day in your like"... I call BS.

I'm going to college for nursing so I can live comfortably and have the means to ENJOY my horses. I currently teach horseback riding and ride horses for others and, as much as I LOVE horses, it become so much of a chore! I just want to be able to enjoy my horses, not work my bones off with them.

I really don't think $40,000 is all that much and I know horse trainers do not make anywhere near that here. Most live pay check to pay check, long hours in the freezing cold, its hard on the body. Not exactly how I want to live. The business is very SINK OR SWIM. Most people sink, look online, you can find hundreds of equestrain facilities for sale. Especially because the enconomy is in the crapper. People don't have money to feed, no less train, a horse.

Also, no one says you can take on training horses on the side. When I'm ready I would like to take cheap horses and flip them. But I couldn't rely on that income! Half the time you put more into a horse then you walk away with between board, food, shoes, vet, etc. Ask any trainer.

Do yourself a favor! Go for the ME degree!
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post #14 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 12:42 PM
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Go with ME, you will be grateful that you did. I dropped out of an Equine Studies program because I realized the degree isn't going to get me anywhere, it's the experience. In today's economy, making $40,000/year isn't enough. Believe me, that's a little less than what I make and I had to take on a 2nd job to support my family.
It's 110% about experience! No one in the horse world hires a degree, they hire for experience!
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post #15 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 12:48 PM
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As wonderful as horses are, when they become your source of income... they will become work. Instead of bringing along your personally selected horses and maybe helping a few good friends with their horses, you'll be having to deal with the insane horse that no one wants to ride and his high maintenance owner. It'll become a job... and a hard one at that.
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post #16 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 04:02 PM
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Agree with the above posters, plus it is my understanding the tuition at those "horse colleges" is HUGELY expensive. (pause while googling) I just looked up the cost and it is MORE than I pay at University of Michigan for Bachelor's degree courses-and all you get is a liberal arts degree.

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post #17 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 04:19 PM
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I agree with everyone here.

I'm planning on becoming a psychologist, for the simple reasons of a) I find psychology incredibly interesting and b) I can work up to a great salary which means I'll be able to afford a few luxuries as well as pay for my needs. I think I may have lucked out with finding a career that I know I'll love doing yet it still pays good though.

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Agree with the above posters, plus it is my understanding the tuition at those "horse colleges" is HUGELY expensive. (pause while googling) I just looked up the cost and it is MORE than I pay at University of Michigan for Bachelor's degree courses-and all you get is a liberal arts degree.
It would be better to take that money and use it for lessons instead of getting that degree! Lol... It would take you further! ;)
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post #19 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 06:00 PM
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Heck, if she took the ME courses and lessons together she'd still come out ahead. Jus' sayin'

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