Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
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.