Horse Jobs: What Equine Careers Are Out There For You?

I know that a career in the equestrian industry seems far fetched. You might be thinking how horse jobs are few and far between. Or how you’ll never find a job quickly enough or that will pay the bills. You might also be thinking that only the rich can make something of themselves in equine careers. After all, they are the ones who can buy the award winning horses, breed expensive studs and buy all the lands and equipment needed to run a horse business.

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It turns out, however, that there are more equestrian careers than you might think. There are even large equine centres that will let you start as a stable-hand-type learner/intern on a low salary with the promise of promotions and career tracking with the company if you prove willing to learn and hard working.

Do you have the instincts for an equestrian career?

If you love horses and you’ve been thinking about this type of career, then you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Would you prefer to live in the city or the country?
  • Do you like to learn by doing or learn in a classroom setting?
  • Do you hate getting dirty?
  • How do you feel about physical labour?

If you’re going to work with horses, you’re likely to be mostly living in the country. If the big city life is for you, you should probably steer clear of a career with horses. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t ride!

If you prefer learning in the classroom, this type of education is rare in the horse world. Most things are done on the job and through relationships with other people in the horse industry. There are very few university or college courses on equine business and they may not guarantee you a job. The exceptions to this would be a preliminary degree in business or in veterinary medicine.

If you hate getting dirty, imagine mucking out stalls, getting horses in the field on a muddy day, or grooming a muddy or dusty horse. It’s difficult to avoid these things in the horse world, especially when you’re just starting out in the industry.

Just like getting dirty, physical labour is a must with horses. Hauling hay, horse feed, equipment, tack, and water is all part of life with horses! This is good for your health and physique though!

If you have indeed got the instincts, then you could be a good fit for a horse job. The following are the BASICS about different horse jobs that exist and a quick overview on what they entail and how to get involved in them.

Management Equestrian Jobs


Horse Breeder

What you need:

  • Connections
  • Facilities or access to facilities
  • Horses to breed (especially stallions)
  • Capital to invest
  • Knowledge about equine genetics and what makes good composition
  • Understanding of horse reproduction
  • Knowledge about birthing, bringing up and selling foals

Where to start: Get a starting job at a stable that breeds horses specifically to sell, perhaps working as a stable hand.

Stallion Manager

What you need:

  • Connections
  • Facilities or access to facilities
  • Stallion(s)
  • Knowledge about equine genetics and what makes good composition
  • Understanding of horse reproduction

Where to start: Get a starting job at a stable that offers stud services, perhaps as a stable hand.

Broodmare Manager

What you need:

  • Connections
  • Facilities or access to facilities
  • Mares (one is usually not enough to do this as a career. You don’t want to over-breed unless she is of exceptional lineage)
  • Knowledge about equine genetics and what makes good composition
  • Understanding of horse reproduction
  • Knowledge about birthing, bringing up and selling foals

Where to start: Get a starting job at a stable that breeds mares (i.e. as a stable hand).

Yearling Manager

What you need:

  • Connections
  • Facilities or access to facilities
  • A source of yearlings
  • Knowledge about equine genetics and what makes good composition
  • Knowledge about bringing up and selling foals

Where to start: Get a starting job at a stable that sells yearlings (i.e. stable hand).

Boarding Manager

What you need:

  • Connections
  • Facilities of the size that you would like to board

Where to start: Get a starting job taking care of horses and start saving for facilities!

Athletic Equestrian Jobs


Horse Jockey

What you need:

  • Training
  • Connections
  • Small stature and weight

Where to start: Get a job riding racing thoroughbreds for their training.

Harness Racer

Coming soon…

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Medical & Healthcare Equestrian Jobs


Equine Veterinarian

Coming soon…

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Farrier

Coming soon…

Horse Dentition Specialist

Coming soon…

Horse Physical Therapist

Coming soon…

Other Equestrian Jobs


Groom/Stable Hand Content

Coming soon…

Horse Trainer

Coming soon…

Horse Rehabilitation

Coming soon…

Horse Behavioral Specialist

Coming soon…

Riding Instructor

Coming soon…

Conclusion


There are tons of horse jobs to choose from. Some you can start in right away whereas others you have to work your way up to because of the need for knowledge, resources and/or connections. But careers in the horse industry are definitely possible for anyone!

If you’re looking for some inspiration, I know that I often find mine in horse books. I have a list of my favourites you can read here!

For the dreamers out there, I found this awesome video from New Zealand – Windsor Park Farm : 

If you’re unattached and willing to re-locate (or are from New Zealand), this might be something to consider!

Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions! I would also love to hear your stories about how you got started in your horse jobs, if you would like to share.

Martina


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