Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
As was mentioned, taking on clients horses requires very good paper work, with everything well thought out and discussed before hand. Your communication skills have to be impeccable, both horse and human.
The Kennel tech position makes the most logical sense, financially. If you need to work to live at this point, stick with this option, and work through your physical issues.
Taking on projects. You are not likely to make money doing this right, but its fun. If the horse goes lame, factor in months of feed and vet costs. If you pick a crazy one, you wont make anything. If you end up with one that has issues or needs retraining, you could be looking at 6+ months of work. Any number of factors can come into play. It can take 1 month or 1 year to get a project horse to the point you think they are ready to sell. If you do go this route, write out a list of attractive qualities, wants and must haves. Must haves come first, like "sound, quiet, sane, not a problem horse, no major vices", wants could be "14+hh, stock breed, registered" and attractive qualities you should look for could be "Interesting color, attractive pattern, well bred, pretty face" -you get the idea. Don't EVER choose a horse because you like it for yourself, unless the type of horse you prefer is very sellable. I like opinionated, dominant horses, so not right for 90% of the recreational market. I bought a project horse once like this. I adored her, but she was a project horse, so she had to go. She took a year to find the right buyer, and needless to say, I did not make any money on her.