I’m a full time student. I work on weekends along with managing to compete and own and care for my horse. I still live at home so don’t have too many bills to pay but I understand it does get hard. I’ve recently moved to my fathers and am expected to cover all costs that aren’t a ‘necessity’, such as my horse’s costs, competing costs (entry fees etc.) and my phone bills, etc.
I work at the local racetrack as a stable hand and I love it. I saw it as a job that would open up doors in my future and it already has. I work the morning and afternoon shift on Sundays and the afternoon shift on Saturday. I also pick up the odd shift in mornings before I start school and throughout the holidays.
So yes, it is hard and working with horses as you know isn’t a walk in the park. It’s very physical and can be tiring at times. But I think it is very important to have a job you love, so if working with horses is what you want to do then I say go for it. If you truly want it you can make it work. I can’t imagine myself working somewhere I was up happy with. I personally, would rather be working in a job I love than have a large income.
So good luck. Just be sure to get lots of sleep, look after yourself and eat well, you’ll be fine.