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post #11 of 12 Old 11-28-2012, 04:28 AM
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I was just like you a couple years ago Flora, except I knew that I didn't have the talent to ride for a living.

You should broaden your mind. There are plenty of horsey jobs without needing to be the best rider. You could be a groom, stablehand, equine nurse/vet, equine masseuse... But none of them are particularly well paying jobs. One of my TAFE teachers multitasked and made a good living for herself - she was a teacher, a competitive show jumper, and ran an equine massage business. Another was a teacher, trackwork rider and racetrack clerk.

I have problems that restrict me from physically working with horses, so I'm opting for the next best thing - administration on one of the large horse studs.

Honestly, horses are better as a hobby unless you have a lot of money to back you and a heckload of talent. But even so, there are plenty of options. Volunteer at a horse rescue. Find a horse breaker that could use an apprentice. Work on your grooming skills and become a professional groom. There's always a way to keep horses in your life.
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post #12 of 12 Old 11-28-2012, 05:06 AM
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I've always thought about doing a horsey career, and haven't so far, and I'll share my reasons.

There seem to be mainly three sort of people in the horse industry (IME): those who work for themselves and get by with hard or sporadic work, those who own businesses and those who work for people who own businesses.

You can start up your own business, maybe doing some training and instructing, I've known a fair people who do that, maybe equine photography or massage on the side but a lot of people just scrape by. In the end they sometimes can't even afford horses of their own.

You could work for someone else, which is always good experience, but the pay in the horse industry isn't great, and it might be near impossible to get ahead.

Then there is the third catagory. I don't know what its like where you live, but all the leading riders don't just ride, they teach, train etc. They often run properties offering these services, and often don't ride their own horses. Then there are the riding schools, the large scale breeders etc. These people have often been into horses for generations, or had land, or money. Not all, but a lot of them.

If you don't have money being whatever you want to be is going to be hard. Getting anywhere will cost a lot. Even if you get some great training you're still going to need the money. It is a lot of outlay for very little return.

My theory was to go to uni, so later on I can have choices, whether to save up for my own property or just keep horses as a hobby. And as a student I was pretty broke, but I had a fair bit of time to ride.

I'd really be careful about your choices. There is little to no money in horses, and they require a fair lot of money to do anything. Whatever you do, make your plans and be realistic, rather than hopeful, and see if your choice is really feasible.
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