honestly, its better to do what will make the best money, then do something you love. You want to be able to afford horses, and being a professional rider, horse trainer, riding instructor, etc will most likely not make enough money.
My mother is a engineer and she works for the military. She didnt want to do this as a carrier, but it makes great money, and she can afford a great house, having 3 cars and a motorcycle, and the horses.
She always told me never go to college for the most "fun" thing you can study because its the easy way out and you'll struggle later.
My aunt was an engineer making great money, but she quit to "do something she loves", and now she's dirt poor and has to stay with her abusive boyfriend so she has a roof over her head.
If you really want to work with horses, I would recommed Vet tech or Veterinarian. Both of those carriers were in Time Magazine on their best jobs for upcoming years list.
Im sorry if I didnt give you the answer you wanted, or if I sound cynical, but im truely trying to help you out. You want to afford horses, and you want to live confortably. Professional rider, instructor, horse trainer are deffinitly not the way to go. Keep horses your hobby, or as a second job to a job that makes better money.
I understand what you're saying, but that is all entirely opinion based and not helpful to me at all. My BIGGEST pet peeve is when people try to pass off opinion as fact. Some people can do something they hate just for the money, I cannot. I would much rather not have a significant amount of money and do something I love every single day then spend my life miserable slaving away at something I dislike just to have some extra cash.
I appreciate that you are trying to help, but these are things I have considered. At this point, a career in veterinary medicine does not seem to be the best choice for me. I feel as though, although it would make me feel good about what I do, I would not actually enjoy it.
I would like a career in the equine industry because, as much as I understand money would not be fantastic, it is quite possible to make enough to live comfortably, and although I may not be able to have my own, I will spend my days working with horses and truly enjoying myself.
I really do appreciate that you are trying to help though.