Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
The people I've known who went into horses as a career often struggle to get by. Some end up selling their own horses because they can't afford to keep their own.
I've got a mixed opinion on the whole "follow your passion and you'll make money" thing. I think it is true that if you love something you'll work harder than someone who doesn't, you'll stick at it longer and ultimately probably be better.
It's not that simple though. When you hear brilliant success stories of people they generally have generic skills that allow them to excel. Often these people are very personable and that brings them opportunities. Even then, there is lots of hard work, sometimes years working on virtually nothing.
I seriously thought about getting into horses when I was younger, even as a vet more recently, but the money was just so bad and the conditions poor that a lot of people, even if they loved horses, weren't happy. Then again, it might be something that would eat away at you forever if you didn't pursue it.
My advice to you, I think, would be to try getting into the horse world first, before spending that amount of money. Give yourself six months or a year and go get a full time job as a working student or something for a good trainer (if you can). Try it out and see what it's like, talk to people, network, make contacts, get super involved.
Also look at the course, what will it actually give you? What sort of position do you want? Make sure the choices you're making are actually leading somewhere, because these days a lot of people value experience over education. Map out what your long term plan is. If you don't know where you're going you'll never get there.
Selling/training/coaching isn't very specific. Do you just want to work as an instructor for a riding school? Do you want to open your own business? Those people who turn passion into money work towards goals with plans.
I did a qualification that I didn't fully think through, that I didn't fully plan with and in the end it hasn't done much for me.
Whatever you do, think it through, write down plans, possible choices and pathways. Be specific and research thoroughly.