Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I'm at uni and I am always toying with the idea that I want horses in my future. I'd love to train them, and be a full time trainer and maybe a breeder. I also want a family.
The thing is that it isn't easy. To be a breeder you'd need a property and horses. You can't even get a mortgage without a job, and in this day and age its not easy, and sometimes impossible, to live off one income. Perhaps when your partner is more established in their career but that is usually a long way off.
Not to mention that breeding doesn't pay that well anymore. It depends on what you are breeding, but these days it seems you can pick up young stock dirt cheap, and the prices even of some reasonably nice bred horses doesn't seem to cover the Stallion fee and mare upkeep for the time.
That means that to get by you have to be breeding well bred, well handled horses that is valuable to a group that will pay money for them. So its not really worth breeding pleasure/all-rounder horses. In addition you have to get some really nice stallions, not just your local good one, and put them over some good mares, hopefully accomplished ones. To do all this you need a lot of money.
What I would do if I were you is aim to have a well paying career that you can use anywhere. An architect can make money in a city, but a lot of that money would go in ridiculously high rents and transport costs. But if you can a get a good paying job in a smaller town with cheap property then you'll be a lot better off. I don't know exactly what you are doing but think about your future.
Do what you enjoy and what you'll be good at. Changing to a course because you like the idea of it is never good - the reality is often different. Just try and make the best decisions to lead you where you want to go.
I don't think I am much help. I think if you enjoy architecture you should finish that. If you meet someone you love maybe your plans will change. Save money when you can and when big decisions come address them in relation to your goals.