Horse Jobs : What equine careers are out there for you?

I know that a career in the horse industry seems far fetched. You might be thinking how equestrian jobs are few and far between and 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 and 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.

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

  • Do you want 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?
  • Do you dislike physical labour?

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

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

If you hate getting dirty, then it’s worth thinking about mucking out stalls, getting horses in the field on a muddy day, grooming a muddy or dusty horse, etc. It’s probably 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 pretty much a must with horses. Hauling hay, horse feed, equipment, tack, water, etc. is all part of life with horses! This is good for your health and physique though!

The following are 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
  • knowledge about horse reproduction
  • knoweldge about birthing, bringing up and selling foals

Where to start: Get a starting job at a stable that breeds horses specifically to sell (i.e. stable hand).

Stallion Manager

What you need:

  • connections
  • facilities or access to facilities
  • stallion(s)
  • knoweldge about equine genetics and what makes good composition
  • knowledge about horse reproduction

Where to start: Get a starting job at a stable that offers stud services (i.e. 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 as you don’t want to over-breed unless she is of exceptional lineage)
  • knoweldge about equine genetics and what makes good composition
  • knowledge about horse reproduction
  • knoweldge about birthing, bringing up and selling foals

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

Yearling Manager

What you need:

  • connections
  • facilities or access to facilities
  • a source of yearlings
  • knoweldge about equine genetics and what makes good composition
  • knoweldge 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 options 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 caeers in the horse industry are definitely possible for anyone!

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 from New Zealand), this might be something to consider!

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