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post #1 of 7 Old 11-18-2017, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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A career in the equine industry?

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I'm posting in the hopes of getting some advice. I'm currently a high school student trying to decide what career to go into. My main dream is to work in the horse industry as a riding instructor. I have made a back up plan on what other careers would interest me if my dream didn't work out. If I do decide to take this career path I already have a college picked out to take their Equine Studies program. I know the health risks that come with it and the money that has to be put into it(I currently own a horse so I already know the costs)I was wondering; can it really be made into a career to support yourself and your horse?
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"Yes," says boots hesitantly.

If you find a niche in the market where you want to live. Especially good with young riders? Older riders? Returning riders? Showing western, english, over fences? Hard working and easy to get along with?

It helps if you have some success at something behind you. Or if you have worked for someone who has and they will funnel potential clients when they are too busy.

Any opportunities to be an assistant to someone in your area?

Does the school you are hoping to attend have a great record of placing graduates? Will they let you contact some of them?

Best wishes in developing your career. And have fun along the way.
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Study the market carefully. Decide how you want to sell your particular skills to the people in "need" of it. Diversify your skill set as much as you can. A combo with something like therapeutic riding and/or horse training may be helpful. Take some business and accounting classes - you never know whether that might be a tie breaker for a barn or stable to hire you. They may not have enough clients to keep you busy, but some clients and the company books might just do the trick. You get the idea.

While you are not looking for a job yet, see if you can interview some barn owners/managers about their ideal instructor. Then you can work that and turn around and put it into your resume. You don't even have to hide the fact that you did prior research on how to position yourself well in the market! It shows you really want it.
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"Yes," says boots hesitantly.

If you find a niche in the market where you want to live. Especially good with young riders? Older riders? Returning riders? Showing western, english, over fences? Hard working and easy to get along with?

It helps if you have some success at something behind you. Or if you have worked for someone who has and they will funnel potential clients when they are too busy.

Any opportunities to be an assistant to someone in your area?

Does the school you are hoping to attend have a great record of placing graduates? Will they let you contact some of them?

Best wishes in developing your career. And have fun along the way.

Thanks for the reply!
There probably are opportunities to be an assistant but I haven't came across any recently. Mostly because I do not know a lot of the horse people in my area very well. The school does have a pretty good track record of placing their graduates in either internships or long-term jobs. But that's due to not having large classes graduating with the degree. They would probably allow me to contact graduates if I asked.
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Study the market carefully. Decide how you want to sell your particular skills to the people in "need" of it. Diversify your skill set as much as you can. A combo with something like therapeutic riding and/or horse training may be helpful. Take some business and accounting classes - you never know whether that might be a tie breaker for a barn or stable to hire you. They may not have enough clients to keep you busy, but some clients and the company books might just do the trick. You get the idea.

While you are not looking for a job yet, see if you can interview some barn owners/managers about their ideal instructor. Then you can work that and turn around and put it into your resume. You don't even have to hide the fact that you did prior research on how to position yourself well in the market! It shows you really want it.
Thanks for the advice! I am primarily a Western rider but, I have been researching on other disciplines to try to expand what knowledge I have. Therapeutic riding is pretty popular in my area due to there being a lack of it, so that's one thing I have been looking into. The college that I am looking at requires two business and accounting classes for the degree so that will be covered.
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Isn't Ohio where the AQHY Congress is? I'm in your position (although don't know exactly what I want to do, just that it has to be in the horse business!) and reading this was thinking "If you could establish yourself as a 'personal trainer' of sorts to get people to Congress, I'd feel like you'd do well."

I agree; interview barn owners, or even other trainers. That way you can get to know what classes to take and what you want on your resume.
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Isn't Ohio where the AQHY Congress is? I'm in your position (although don't know exactly what I want to do, just that it has to be in the horse business!) and reading this was thinking "If you could establish yourself as a 'personal trainer' of sorts to get people to Congress, I'd feel like you'd do well."

I agree; interview barn owners, or even other trainers. That way you can get to know what classes to take and what you want on your resume.
Yes. But, I haven't been to Congress in a couple years so I'm not sure how much it's changed. My main goal at the moment is just to try to talk to some of the local barn owners/trainers.
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