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dixieandboo 02-14-2014 04:07 PM

Equine Careers
 
I was dead set on being a vet but I sat down and got to thinking I dont like seeing a animal die but I also dont want them to suffer so I decided no on being a vet. What are some other equine careers out there. Also anyone a Equine Geneticist? Ganetics was my favorite part of Animal Science classes. What requirements are there to become a Equine Geneticist? (Im not 100% certain thats what im doing but its certainly a possibility.) :)

Amba1027 02-14-2014 04:25 PM

Chiropractor, massage therapist, farrier, trainer, barn manager, riding instructor...

I don't know anything about being a geneticist but I found this:Horse Jobs – Equine Geneticist | The Equinest

Seems like you have to be really into science, so if that sounds like you, maybe look into it!

Khainon 02-18-2014 03:42 PM

farrier is a great career..though it is massively difficult...i am in an apprenticeship right now and my boss works me hard..my first time he trained me just in safety and i still rasped my hand on accident and got stepped on three times...by my own horse lol...and the school is three months and only about 3 out of every 12 people that attend actually make it through...it is not an easy career as some people make it out to be...you have to know the anatomy to a T so you dont end up crippling horses and getting yourself in trouble...you also need to deal with owners that think they know better than you when it comes to trimming..even if they have never trimmed a horse in their life. i pretty much put the farrier career right up there with being a vet...it is difficult but worth it if you can get through the first year or two

SlideStop 02-18-2014 04:03 PM

Id be wary of en equine career for several reasons. 1) they tend to not be very sustainable. It can wax and wane with the economy. You'll have to really be diligent about saving for retirement on what your making. 2) when you make a hobby into a career it can really get old fast. After working 8-10 hour a day with horses the last thing I want to do is spend more time with my horse. In my opinion the barn and horses should be time to relax and take a break from life.

Also, check your states laws. Every state is different regarding what you have to be to be a dentist, chiropractor, etc.
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DuckDodgers 02-18-2014 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by SlideStop (Post 4792122)
Id be wary of en equine career for several reasons. 1) they tend to not be very sustainable. It can wax and wane with the economy. You'll have to really be diligent about saving for retirement on what your making. 2) when you make a hobby into a career it can really get old fast. After working 8-10 hour a day with horses the last thing I want to do is spend more time with my horse. In my opinion the barn and horses should be time to relax and take a break from life.

Also, check your states laws. Every state is different regarding what you have to be to be a dentist, chiropractor, etc.
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This. I know of some people that have planned their lives very well and enjoy their lives as barn owners/managers. They run good operations, do training and lessons, hire people to do most of the "grunt work", and have their own personal horses to work with. But- both of the people that immediately come to mind have husbands that are vets :wink:

BUT- more than twice this number of people are those that are middle aged, fed up with their jobs, and never want to ride. My barn owner has several of her own personal horses, and she never rides them. Between running our barn and working at another barn during the day I have seen her saddle up and ride three times since I moved here in May. And all three of those times was because I practically begged her to ride with me! Last summer she wanted to make one of her geldings her "summer project". When it got a little cooler she thought it would be lovely weather to put another of her geldings back into work. Neither of those things ever happened. She's either caught up in barn obligations, too tired, or can't get the motivation up to do it. I don't blame her. After waking up at some ungodly hour, feeding our barn, caring for another barn, coming back to feed and clean stalls at our barn, I don't know how much time I'd want to spend with more horses! It's a similar story with my farrier and my old trainer. All of them love horses and care for their personal horses deeply, but they just can't seem to find the motivation to spend the time with them after a horse filled day.

Don't let this be discouraging- I'm just trying to make you aware that what seems like a good idea when you're in your teens or 20s may have gotten VERY old very fast when you're in your 50s!


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