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post #1 of 12 Old 11-27-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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A future with horses?

So I'm totally new to this and feel slightly odd turning to the Internet, and consequently complete strangers, for advice but i hate talking about this with those I'm closest too just right now.
I feel like everybody is too close to my situation and will try push me the way they want rather than what will work for me....

So I come from a completely non-horsey background and while my dad can be reasonable helpful around them sometimes, he still knows nothing about them, has no interest in them and my mum puts her foot down all together to coming within feet of them. I don't mean t sound ungrateful because without them I definitely couldn't even of gotten this far with horses but sometimes I do look at my friends and their parents and wish. Could experience a Little of what they have.

I am 16 now and have been riding since I was about 8/9 and am completely and utterly obsessed. I honestly can't see my life without horses but I've always just asumed I'd never be good enough to survive in the equestrian industry. However now inversion applications are drawing closer, I just can't see myself doing anything else. I am reasonably academic, but I just can't find anything that really interests me.

So really I think what I'm trying to ask is, even though you don't now me, or my riding ability, do you think there is any point me trying to peruse this career. If I take a year off like I ntend to next year, I would have to try to persuade my parents to consider buying a horse, which is possibly on the cards, although I know both my parents would really rather not.

I'm going to speak to my riding instructor hopefully tomorrow and see hat she thinks, if I'd be wasting my time and completely stupid to try a career with horses, possibly eventing and teaching, but I really just need some advice.

Please help me, I think I maybe just needed to vent but some feedback would be great. IVe seen so many people receive such useful advice here so I was hoping somebody might have some insight into my situation. To be honest, I haven't even told my friends I want to ride or work with horses for a career, I dont think they will respond well.... :/
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-27-2012, 05:12 PM
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In the same boat. I came from a very horse orientated family but they don't take me seriously when I say I want this to be my career, so I just don't tell them.

I don't think its unreasonable if you have the talent and the ability, but I would maybe ask your trainer of you can be an apprentice under her and work and learn what it's all about. I've been trailing after my trainer for the longest time trying to learn her ins and outs for training and riding and every day she sprouts something new on me that I didn't know before. People will also take you seriously if you build a reputation through her instead of if you just go out on your own.
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-27-2012, 05:16 PM
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Every horse obsessed girl thinks she wants a career in horses. Not everyone is skilled enough to to become a trainer or pro rider, and just because you ride well for your age doesn't mean you have the ability to teach anyone else, or that you're going to be the next Amy Tryon.

Speaking to your trainer is an excellent idea, as she knows your skill sets better than anyone else. I hope she's at least honest with you about the real struggles of trying to make a living in the horse industry.

Expect never to own your own home, and if you get hurt your income stops. You'll need to pay for long term disability insurance out of your own pocket, as well as major medical. Also, you'll need liability insurance because if you have clients, you could be sued if they get hurt.

It's a hard life, and many trainers retire fairly young, if they're not already disabled, and go into something else that will help pay the bills.

It's not a glamorous lifestyle, and you're at the mercy of the economy and your clients.
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post #4 of 12 Old 11-27-2012, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I just feel like everybody will judge me for wanting this career and nobody really thinks its a good idea.
I hunk that sounds a good idea but my instructor just runs a riding school , so I Dont know how long that experience would keep teaching me things about if I want to ride for a living... :s I have just started lessons with another teacher wh does do eventing though so I might speak to her abut it to..?

Thanks for your advice :)
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post #5 of 12 Old 11-27-2012, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Speed racer - I totally get what you're saying... I have absolutely no idea if id be good enough to go anywhere, and I get it's a highly unstable lifestyle.
I just don't know what to do, knowing my instructor, she will almost definitely be honest with me, hmm... It's a lot to think about...
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-27-2012, 05:25 PM
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I'm not saying don't do it, just saying you need to look at it realistically.

If you think it's something you really and truly want to do, just remember there are a lot of risks physically as well as financially.

I've known many trainers over the years, and they eventually move into the regular work force because their bodies and pocketbooks just can't deal with continuing to work 18 hour days with large, sometimes dangerous animals.
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post #7 of 12 Old 11-27-2012, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, thanks for the advice, it definitely is a lot to thnk about... :)
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-27-2012, 05:47 PM
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I didn't come from a horsey family and did not come from a horsey town. I got a pre-vet degree with a major in Animal Science specializing in Equine Industry and it was the most fun and biggest waste of money ever. I learned that if you want a career int he horse industry, experience is where it is at. But you need to do something to keep you eating and housed while you are doing that. You should always go for your dream but you can't live on dreams.

If you really want to work in the horse field then volunteer and intern in different fields. My advice would be to find a career and do horses on the side and slowly gain the knowledge and experience you need to do what you want. See if you can intern with your trainer.
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post #9 of 12 Old 11-28-2012, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hmmm, Thanks :) it does seem a lot of people think that is the route to take :)
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-28-2012, 03:09 AM
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As a pro rider is pretty unlikely that you would make it. Obviously I have no idea how well you ride or anything, but so few people do make it compared to how many would love to be at that level - so just on stats alone, it's unlikely.

Being an instructor is entirely possible if you get enough experience and have the skills. But most instructors are scraping by financially.

If I were you, I'd go to college for something more tangible and pursue the horsey stuff as well. That way you always have something to fall back on.
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