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        09-30-2010, 09:19 AM
    Careers with horses

    I'm 18 and I want to be in the horse business. I don't want to be a trainer or instructor, I want to be at the top. I'm willing to work hard for a few years while going to school to make it happen, but how should I start going about this? I want my own ranch with boarding, training, lessons, breeding, and hosting shows. Fancy. State of the art feeders, the whole shebang. Like I said, time is not a problem. I want to be on the business end of it. I've always been good at making deals, and money. I know how to save, when to spend, and I'm good at dealing with all kinds of people. What should I be going to school for? Business and equine science? Just business and get as much hands on experience with horses as possible? I'm going to talk to someone at school today to point out some choices but I wanted to hear opinions from people actually involved in horses. I know I dream big but I'm willing to work my a$$ off for it.
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        09-30-2010, 10:15 AM
    Unless you have an unlimited trust fund and money to burn on marketing yourself, your barn, and your horses very heavily, you're not likely to make it big in the horse world. Even then, word of mouth will make or break you.

    Where is all this money supposed to come from? The people who have made it big all STARTED with money. Without the start up capital and top notch horses, facility, trainers and instructors on board, hard work just won't be enough.

    You have to be willing to start at the BOTTOM of the heap and work your way up. Nobody's going to hand you the keys to a fifty million dollar facility just because you want it.

    At 18 y/o you're still young enough to be able to dream big. That's good, but you also need to have a hard, practical streak and realize that for every one person who makes it big in the horse world, there are 10,000 more who don't.
        09-30-2010, 10:18 AM
    Well I'm giving it a shot. I know people have done it I've met them. I'm asking how to go about trying.
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        09-30-2010, 10:28 AM
    Start planning, and make sure it's realistic. What progress do you want to have in 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, etc. Write down every little step.

    Then go do what you write down.

    Good luck!
        09-30-2010, 11:01 AM
    Good for you for dreaming big dreams. :) I have that very same dream. Start a barn and teach lessons etc. I think its great to have a dream with something you love. :) I am 21 I have had that dream since I started riding when I was 7 years old.

    I would major in something and then minor in equine studies that's what I would do an that's what I am doing).
    I am going to school for my major then transfering over to get my minor in Equine studies mostly Barn management but also as a riding instructor and anything else I need in that Catagory.

    Good luck :)

    Edit: Of course I don't wanna be like a huge barn I wanna start of small so maybe start off as small and go from there.

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