You live smack in the best state to trot that vet tech degree with a bit more schooling and land a job teaching Ag classes.
Make a better than decent salary, teach kids about caring for and you are still immersed with animals...
Think it is Pinellas County that had a equus dominant Ag class, specific to domesticated hooved livestock that not only did normal learning of rote stuff but also had a breeding stallion, mares, babies and the students worked hands-on in that program learning how to do, why you do, when you do, and when you don't but to call a SOS cause you got big problems..
I don't know if that particular class still exists but the Ag stuff does and it can branch to many other woven intricacies of animal husbandry.
Personally, I would not
want to be a farrier or trimmer for anything.
Not every horse is nice nor are their owners..
The nice animals are great, but you always have a few that rodeo time, injuries occur, you get hurt can't work and damages to your spine don't heal ever quite the same...yea, not going down that path.
Watch your farrier move after doing your horse and a few others...ask him how his back and body really are...
Do you want to become a vet...6 years more of intense education plus internship, huge incredible debt and if you want to make a good living you go small animal cause large animal vets get banged up, hurt and I'll catch you next time for bills paid..
Small animal vets, you want to go home with Fluffy, pay the bill now before out the door is allowed. Done.
Being a "trainer" sounds wonderful, glorious a job but in reality back-breaking work and you are ripe to be injured...then what?
What you propose doing of flipping...you need to buy and sell in 3 -4 weeks time at most to make a profit.
Can you train and flip one that fast?
Every day after eats your profit margin up fast...
Everything you have considered sound great but there is little money in it that you describe.
High risk jobs, physically your body is beat by the time you are 40 - 50 at most...
Wonder why CA does what he does the way he does it?
Cause he beat his body up trying to make a name for himself before he became a gimmick same as any other "known" trainer out there...so now he is marketing fodder and prances around a ring, a far cry from the trainer he once was eons ago when he really was training.
You describe living on a working ranch...we have several members here who do that...
Hopefully they will join in the discussion and explain about the less glamorous side to their lifestyle of hard work.
It takes a very special person, a unique personality to work so hard day in and day out 24/7 often for peanuts. 40 hours a week, not likely...work till done is much more like it.
The good ones make decent to good money...but they had to prove themselves and earn it every step of the way and still need to be a leader of the team or be pushed aside.
I myself worked the horse barns...never a holiday off.
Worked sick, worked injured...special occasion - not till I finish my work and pray for no emergency to happen as I close for the night.
I was paid really well because I worked for a wealthy family beyond most peoples imagination...but I worked hard for my money.
That was great till I wanted, needed some me time.
You can't push and punish your body like you are referring to doing for literally 40 years and expect to be healthy and carefree no aches or pains...it doesn't work that way.
You can't afford to retire early cause you live paycheck to paycheck as most of us do.
You have to think about not tomorrow or next week, month or year...but think about do you want to be doing this 20 years from now? Really?
And finally, what you think about doing now is as a hobby...
Once it becomes your source of income some of the rosy glasses tarnish and a different side of the industry is revealed. Some of the reason my answers in posts seem so harsh is the rosy glasses were ripped off years ago and reality is a tough educator.
I went from my dream job of working with horses to walking away totally...the horse crazy girl...done, fed-up, no more.
Don't allow your passion for the animal to destroy you when it is no longer fun but a dreaded job that is killing your spirit, breaking your back and bones and you no longer want to do...
I strongly urge you to find something where you can have horses as your hobby, a part-time venture to play and dabble in but not as your sole source of income cause the fun stops when the reality awakens and the bills to survive arrive...
Good luck...consider wisely and choose a career where there is a need for your talents 20+ years further in time...
You're young, retirement isn't but a blimp on the horizon now, but getting to that blip so you can enjoy it....very precious.
A job that pays well, has perks of vacations, holidays, time-off paid, friends and companionship in shared activities and that can afford to keep your passion alive and going forth, health benefits and retirement...now that is a dream job to pursue.
Keep horses as a passion and hobby, not to make your living solely by...that would be my "motherly" advice to any child.