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post #11 of 14 Old 10-09-2013, 09:05 PM
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Isn't being an equine vet physically demanding?

I've always been one of those people that found a way to work for myself, and do very well at it, as long as I put in the hours to keep money rolling in.

I think, if you are really looking for something that is easy on the body and pays O.K., you might look in to house pet sitting. I would make $45 a night to show up around dinner time, cuddle up with the house pets and give them love and food and some exercise, and then head out in the morning. All you are there to do is keep them company, so there's a lot of couch and TV time. That was a really cheap rate, most other companies charged 80+ a night. I just didn't see a reason to stress over it, when I got more than I needed.

Working part time hours during the day with some dog walking, and letting dogs out at lunch, along with a few nights a week doing pet sitting, I was able to make 2k a month.

So... that's probably the least physically demanding animal job I can think of.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-09-2013, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
I'm sorry, but I have never seen anyone make any good money out of horses, just enough to scrape by, equivalent to working in a gas station. The hours spent training a horse for resale doesn't add to squat, working in a gas station pays better, in fact the amount of time you put into a project horse, you could work 2 jobs and make waaaay more money.
There are a lot of people who make decent money, and some make bank. I have two jobs- one buying, training, and selling horses, and the other is part time at a farm store. I make quite a bit more money with the horses, which is why I put in my two weeks at the store. It just depends on the time and energy you have. When it comes to horses, what you put into it is what you get.

But if it comes to health problems, a job in town at the kennel may be better. There you have guaranteed pay. Like I said before, everything with the horses is very subjective. (In the beginning at least.)

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My health issues I talked about are migranes mostly, which I think I could work around with horses more than a kennel tech. The other issues I could work through.

I'm not looking for an income to live on, because I don't need to for now. I'm mostly looking at something to do basically. I'm rethinking being a vet because of how difficult it's doing to be to get a job. And if I don't find one, bam I'm in debt. And I do petsitting too, but it's not often. Maybe once a month.

I'm not sure what career I'm going into, but I'm getting an Animal Science degree at least.

I really want to breed and train, but I know a lot of people wouldn't think it's a good idea.
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You also need to consider the market in your area. I know in my area, there is no way I would even break even if I were to flip horses. The market just isn't good enough for me to find a buyer for a horse with 30-60 days on him with a price tag big enough to cover all the feed and training I put into him. So, I'd be losing money on flipping.

I was a trainer and, while I never was short on clients, I seemed to only get horses in that had been through 2-3 other trainers and/or had hurt someone who had ridden them. I made more money training than I would have flipping, but it was difficult to afford health insurance and I got hurt more often than I would have liked. With doing it as a hobby just for some extra spending money, you could be more selective about the types of horses you agreed to train. You wouldn't be obligated to accept problem or dangerous horses because you needed the money to make your bills.
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