When you get a call that your horse has an abscess, do you enjoy the process of soaking and wrapping? Do you smile when you begin the revamping or pasture management? Are you a morning person that loves the smell of fresh dew in the morning? Does the sound of grinding grain in a horse’s mouth make the hair stand up on your arms? Do you enjoy standing outside the show ring and coaching amateurs as they sport their show ring smile from ear to ear? Does talking to people and communicating about horses make you jump up and down? What about sharing your knowledge with the next generation of equestrians? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, a career in the horse industry is for you.
A career in the equine industry can mean can mean early mornings, long days, and sleepless nights. From staying up on foal watch to writing blogs, bottle feeding orphan foals and writing marketing plans, a career in the equine industry can be just as unique as you. The variety of careers available makes it easy to find what is right for you and your skills.
When people think of working in the horse industry the top two careers that come to mind are being a veterinarian or a trainer. Both careers are phenomenal ways to make a career in the horse industry, especially if it is what you are passionate about. If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Of course, no matter what you do it’s going to take a lot of time, sweat, and commitment. In the end, it will all be worth it when you get the rosettes at Scottsdale or save your first colic case. If you are passionate about equine health and aren’t afraid of a few little cuts, then hitting the books for vet school is in your future. If being in the saddle and outside around the horses every day is what you find gets you excited to wake up in the morning then clinics, apprenticeships, and soaking up everything you can from more experienced trainers is going to be in your career path. (see past AHL blog for tips on becoming an instructor: https://arabianhorselife.com/single-post/2018/06/13/Being-A-Successful-Instructor).
What about the people that market the trainers? Or the show managers that spend their weekends in a show office answering your questions about horse show classes? If you board your horse somewhere, there must be a barn manager/owner? If you are passionate about teaching, show the next generation of equestrians how to be a proper horseman/woman through 4-H or youth friendly clinics. These are just a few ways to be involved in the horse industry professionally.
The list is endless when it comes to careers in the equine industry. Whether you like mucking stalls or educating people about proper nutrition for their best friend, there is a spot waiting for you. Stay tuned as we explore different careers and interview a variety of professionals in various areas of the horse industry. We will take a look at professionals from farm manager positions, trainers, veterinarians, sales, and even maybe an equine lawyer or two. Make sure to share with us what equine career you want to learn more about.