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JessicaLynn 03-11-2013 04:20 PM

Working toward a career with horses
I've always had a love for horses growing up, but due to the fact that my family simply couldn't afford it, was never able to ride either by taking lessons or owning/leasing a horse. Now that I'm 20 and have a part time job I'm putting my pay checks toward school and riding lessons. Because of the fact that I've only recently been able to begin lessons (less than a year) I have very little experience, but am determined to make working with horses my career in some/any way.

My problem is that I don't know how to get started or what career possibilities are realistic for me in this area. I'm not looking to make a lot of money- I realize that's practically impossible in this area :P. What I want is mainly to make enough money to live and to care for a horse of my own while working around the animals I love.

Does anyone have any advice, maybe a starting point as I work toward my end goal? Any advice is greatly appreciated :)

Ray MacDonald 03-11-2013 04:33 PM

Honestly, I would go for a job that makes good money and have your horses on the side.

It is very hard to make money on or with horses. Most people on here have a normal 9-5 job to pay for their horses.

autumnheart 03-12-2013 11:56 AM

This is definitely not a practical thing to want to do. But life isn't all about practicality. Follow your dreams...just remember, it will be hard. Extremely hard.

Cacowgirl 03-12-2013 03:19 PM

Especially since you don't already have lots of experience w/horses. Have you thought about working in a vet's office?

Ray MacDonald 03-13-2013 03:31 PM

You could be a vet or AHT

autumnheart 03-13-2013 07:43 PM

I've thought very seriously about becoming a vet tech before. That only requires two years of schooling, and a lot of colleges offer vet tech programs. If you want to incorporate horses into it at a later time, I'm sure that's possible.

Ray MacDonald 03-14-2013 02:47 PM

I have a lot of AHT friends that do tons of stuff with horses and other animals, it is also a steady, reliable job.

JessicaLynn 03-20-2013 10:27 AM

Thanks everyone for the great advice :)

Cruiser 03-20-2013 07:26 PM

Remember that just because you don't work with horses there is other jobs that are less direct. Working for tack shop, business advisory, vet offices, working for magizines or other publications, environment work (I can't think of the name, but works with farmers to make the farm more eco friendly, and other things), photographer, and more.

NovemberMist 03-27-2013 12:27 PM

It depends on how you want to work with them. You could work towards being a riding coach, or a trainer. You could go to farrier school, or do equine massage/chiropractor. You could do vet tech as other people have suggested. Barn management, etc. There are lots of horse-related careers, including professional riding (shows, etc.) trail guides, show/race/polo grooms, exercise riders, jockey. There's lots out there, it just depends on what you want.

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