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    Default Corporate/Office jobs in the Equine (related) Industry

    I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, but I was wondering if anyone has any sort of ideas about horsey jobs that don't involve actually working with horses on a day to day basis!

    I'm a recent college grad who wanted to please her parents by getting a job in the field they were both in prior to retirement, and we all agree now that it is just not for me!

    I'm interested in a job in more of a corporate setting, and was wondering if y'all had any ideas? Are there any equine companies headquartered here?

    I am NOT a sales person AT ALL! I've tried very, very hard but there is no legal dosage of Xanax that can get me through the day anymore... so those kind of jobs are out!

    I live in Texas, and I'd like to stay, but I'm flexible other than that!

    Thanks so much!



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    The first thing that came to mind for me was working as a receptionist at a vet clinic. It may not pay the best, but people are always looking for honest, loyal, hardworking employees, and there may be opportunities to move up the ladder eventually.



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    Becoming a horse insurance agent or claims adjuster?



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    1) Horse insurance agent
    2 Writer, editor, etc for horse publication (assuming you have excellent writing and potentially graphic design/photography skills as well)
    3) Retail manager in feedstore or tack store. It is sort of a sales job, but you don't usually need to "sell" as much as if you were doing something independent, especially in feed stores
    4) Feed nutrition specialist with nutrena/purina/pennfield, etc
    5) Look into corporate jobs with the bigger companies (or even the smaller companies) - Dover, Smartpak, magazines like the Chronicle (of course), Practical Horseman, Insurance agencies (Broadstone), the actual riding groups, USEF, USDF, USEA, USHJA all hire: see for example http://www.jobsinsports.com/job-list...gn=simplyhired - also check the various breed organizations, Advocacy with groups like the humane society (probably won't pay very well), Big farms, including racing and breeding farms have accountants etc of their own http://www.financejobz.com/employmen...gn=SimplyHired

    Good luck with the search!
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


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    scubed did a good job with that list. Most people I know went to work as office managers at ranches/camps, associations to run certain programs (AQHA youth program, etc), or things like horse insurance agents and such. I also know a lady who is a lawyer who handles equine-related cases (sales contracts, liability contracts/forms, cruelty cases, etc).



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    Another not mentioned is the horse product distributors - JPC, Toklat, ERS, Bradley Caldwell, etc. They have office staff and sales reps. Other smaller companies have reps as well - Moxie, Bobby's, and so on.



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    I work at a horse association doing customer service/data entry. Depending on the size, there are usually several levels from entry level (mine) on up to executive director. I am not a fan of sitting in front of a computer all day, but it is nice not to be roasting or freezing outside!



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    I wil be watching this thread closely! Though I assume my options will be limited given I live in a small Canadian province.



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    Horse shows for shows like.. HITS...

    I worked as the feed sec here in FL. It would be cool to travel the board IMO. Thermal, VA, NY and Fl...... Work hard but decent pay
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    Lots of equine related jobs. I often see interesting opportunities here: http://www.kentuckyhorse.org/en/jobs/s/



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    Quote Originally Posted by Personal Champ View Post
    Another not mentioned is the horse product distributors - JPC, Toklat, ERS, Bradley Caldwell, etc. They have office staff and sales reps. Other smaller companies have reps as well - Moxie, Bobby's, and so on.
    Do you know how one would go about inquiring for this type of position? Many ideas here wouldn't quite work with my area, but being the rep for products in my local/semi-local area is very intriguing.



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    I don't have a specific answer for you. I would think that inquiring to their websites with a resume couldn't hurt. I know sometimes they recruit at shows as well.



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    I worked for USDF and for a tack store and later their sister wholesale company. I knew I didn't want to work in a barn every day and wanted a more 'normal' job where I could have more fixed hours, vacation time, etc.

    Both jobs I found through their website, and knowing someone at the first job at USDF helped me. I literally drove to KY from PA and spent 3 days interviewing at USEF, USDF, and a large Horse Insurance company complete with a callback at USEF & USDF.

    Also, at the tack store/wholesale company I went to trade shows and events and whatnot, and was constantly talking to company reps. A lot of their jobs come by word of mouth, and for some of them, they started out with small companies and worked up to holding bigger accounts/multiple medium sized accounts.



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