Well you also have consider that most decent horse jobs are not advertised! The ones that do are crap to work for...in my experience. You may have to start there in order to meet some people.
That is where getting the foot in door and meeting contacts is so important in the horse industry. That is how you hear about the better jobs.
Also like bsms said....there are so many people who would love to take your place, so why pay worth a sh!t? It weeds out the weak hearted too. If someone is not completely invested and wants to make a go of it, they are not going to make that sacrifice.
It is a tough row to hoe for sure.
How are things out west?