02-10-2013, 11:41 AM
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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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