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  • What is your Job?

    I am stuck at home again due to the weather and feeling very poor ATM. Another day off from work. Add the 2 I missed last week due to weather and I am feeling strapped!
    What is your job that lets you pay for your horse hobby?
    "I am a sand dancer... just here for the jumps!" - Schrammo

  • #2
    I'm a residential designer, meaning that I design high end custom homes. Right now we are doing a neighbourhood on a golf course up here that is spectacular.

    It doesn't pay for my sport... It pays for me to keep a horse. That's about it. I supplement it with freelance work doing permit drawings for people.


    • #3
      Communications Coordinator. Mainly ad design, website updates, brochures, etc. Some writing and editing (used to be an editor for a magazine and a staff writer for this company).

      I'm low-level, so no big eventing bills, but I'd get by. I'm very frugal, though.

      I could not afford the farm I have now, or four horses, without my husband's income!
      "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."


      • #4
        I made a thread like this a couple years ago when I first joined COTH when I was trying to decide what to major in so I could get a job to pay for the horse.
        It was really interesting. although I'm still floundering around at school.

        I'm 21, college student.
        I have 4 jobs.
        cleaning stalls and whatever else to work off 1/2 my board.
        a retail job
        2 restaurant jobs, one making pizza's and one working in a kitchen at a bar and grill... and if they don't let me start bar tending soon then I'm going to quit and go find a bar tending job someplace else.
        "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"


        • #5
          Research faculty at major university. My job pays for all of my horse related expenses, but I am fairly frugal in other ways, especially having a mortgage less than my average monthly horse-related costs and a 10 year old small car
          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


          • #6
            TIBCO Administrator (note I'm still newer so not getting paid as much as my colleagues, hoping for a promotion soon, or looking for a new job)

            It sucks but it mostly pays my horse bills (except for larger vet bills that I'm still paying off ) and about half of the mortgage I share with my fiance, as well as groceries and car insurance.

            I don't do anything else fun

            The horses are soon moving to my parents' farm where my board will be a bit lower and I hope to get to the point where I'm not skating by...


            • #7
              Soil Conservationist with the USDA. Doesn't support my horse habit though. I have a small farm where I board TB racehorses- that pays all my farm bills and horsey bills. Day job is only for insurance coverage and retirement fund. I always tease and say I go to work to relax!


              • #8
                Cardiologist. Good income, not a whole lot of time to spend it. I have very frugal habits as well, other than the farm and all that comes with it including a whopper of a mortgage. Other than that we are pretty debt-averse and trying to put money away for retirement, which isn't close yet but is "out there". I give myself a horse allowance and try to stick with it. There is no budget for crazy excess in anything, but we are OK.

                I spent many, many years on the lower end of low income, and have been in debt and had to work jobs that I hated simply to put gas in the car to drive to another job that I hated. Wouldn't want a job that I didn't like (even love) for any money, and thankfully I enjoyed the LONG road to get here because there were a lot of years where horses were so far on the back burner I couldn't even see them. What you learn during those times is that although it's hard to have horses in your life without considerable "disposable" income, it's not impossible.
                Click here before you buy.


                • #9
                  Starting young horses and retraining OTTBs, mainly event horses, with some sales. It doesn't pay my horse bills I gallop steeplechase horses for the sheer fun of it and to supplement income.

                  It's not a hobby for me, as I'm a pro, but if I was a very smart pro I would not own my own horses or only have one, instead of 2 retirees and 3 event horses, plus my DH has one greenie and his event horse I love my job, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world, although this weather has been really hard on income as well, no galloping in 2 and a half feet of snow!
                  WestWind Farms
                  Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.
                  - George H. Morris


                  • #10
                    I am an administrative assistant for a private investigator. I don't make very much, but I live at home with my parents while I save half of my income to return to school. If I had to live on my own and save for school, I wouldn't be able to pay for horses. Luckily, I have support for my basic living expenses and can.


                    • #11
                      "campaign associate" for a non profit... which makes me "financially aware" as my trainer calls it. I make enough to cover basic horse costs for one, and pay most of the bills. My husband, who was not foolish enough to work for a NPO, pays the bigger bills, but not for the pony.

                      I also occasinally cater small parties and I'm a Pampered Chef consultant... which basically supports my Starbucks habit (once a week!)
                      I have Higher Standards... do you?
                      Apalachicola Native (Alfie), '02 TB Gelding,
                      Wild Man of Borneo (Hank), '03 Redtick coonhound,
                      Augustus McRae (Gus), '01 Bluetick coonhound


                      • #12
                        I'm in law school aspiring to a career that will enable me to afford horses even though I will probably have less TIME and more MONEY! It's always a trade off....

                        That's not the only reason that I went to law school, but it was one factor in my decision.
                        "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant


                        • #13
                          I am Physician Assistant who just quit my job b/c I literally couldn't take the sh** in my dept & my supervising MD anymore.... Not really into workplace bullying as a "professional motivational tool" Actively interviewing & working w/ headhunter to find a new position w/ a better fit (know of any jobs out there??)

                          In the meantime, horse bills + massive grad school loans are paid for by my DH's income & the extra $ from replacing our bimonthly housekeeper with yours truly. Unfortunately, we had planned on finally buying a house this year, but now I don't think we will be able to--love living in the DC area
                          And the wise, Jack Daniels drinking, slow-truck-driving, veteran TB handler who took "no shit from no hoss Miss L, y'hear," said: "She aint wrapped too tight."


                          • Original Poster

                            keep 'em comng

                            Thank again all....
                            Starting to feel better. Thought it was just me who was on a tight budget ALL the time.
                            I was a bartender way back in my 20's then I got into being a title closer thru a friend and when 2 kids came along things slowed down. Not long after #2 the real estate market tanked and I just started adding more clients to train as there were less and less closings. It went from a small hobby to help supplement the income to a full time job. I love it but I am limited in the hours I can work. Just trying to tread water until #2 is in Kindergarten and I can work more days....
                            ...but by then I am sure #2, my daughter, will have caught the "bug" and I will looking at ponies! She loves the horses now and gets mad when the pony ride is over. How long does it take to get from 3 to Tadpole? ;-)
                            "I am a sand dancer... just here for the jumps!" - Schrammo


                            • #15
                              I'm a desktop support technician / end-user analyst / IT guru (aka, I fix computers) for a very specialized branch of a large entertainment company. They pay decent and have good benefits, but I think I'm getting lowballed nevertheless (ah well, it's a name that will look good on the resume in five years or so if necessary)

                              It doesn't pay for horse ownership yet, but it does pay for my lessons and my gear (I'm a re-rider, so I'm upgrading all my personal riding gear that's 10 years old and falling apart). It'll pay for some competition as well, should the opportunity present itself. And once I've finished paying off my debt from my poverty years (steadily chipping away.. just paid off the last of my credit cards last week!), I'll likely be free and clear to finally have a horse of my own (probably in 2012, when the truck is paid off).
                              The Western Adventures of Loki, a Florida Swampdog in Los Angeles


                              • #16
                                High Tech Marketing

                                I'm 36 and am a Sr. Marketing Programs Manager responsible for Global Demand Generation/Lead Generation for an end-to-end Networking company here in Silicon Valley.

                                I love my job and it definitely pays the bills quite nicely. However, we are house poor (ranch poor , so are not rolling in the money by any means!

                                I am mostly just having fun with the horses and we keep them at home now, so I'm not spending much on competitions or clinics. We do some Hunter Paces, local events, etc. Nothing recognized. My favorite is to just go XC schooling, actually!
                                Equine & Pet Portrait Artist
                                **Morgans Do It All**


                                • #17
                                  Work in HR for the gov't but also do boarding, retraining and sales as a second income.

                                  Ishi is totally right on when she talks about not owning a lot of personal horses I would be doing quite well in terms of cash flow if I didn't have three of my own and tons of vet bills which have been generated by them trying to kill themselves off.

                                  I am in my late 20's and although money is tight I consider myself very well off for my age and we own our own farm so at least I am building equity in something that is mine. I try to invest every penny that I make and pay off bills before buying anything. It will continue to be a struggle for the next few years but I love the lifestyle so I won't complain. We are house poor so not a lot of showing or other activities but in a few years I think that will all change.


                                  • #18
                                    Full time telecommuter senior systems analyst for a major health insurance company. DH is also in Information Technology and works from home for one or more clients as a consultant. I used to be a programmer, switched to the systems analysis 3 years ago. I've been in this field for 25 years, and have lived very comfortably. I also do some free lance writing for equine publications, for fun and a bit of extra spending cash.
                                    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                                    • #19
                                      Independent Finance & Admin Support, specializing in Govt Contractors. Wasn't always fun getting here, put in too many hours in my first 5-10 years, but now I'm reaping the reward - I have carved a niche where I'm in demand and can set my hours and work a lot from home. I'm pulling off the "impossible", small farmette mortgage, 4 horses, one even could afford to board at an indoor this year (thank goodness!) on my single woman's salary. I've made over six figures most of this decade, but I still don't feel "rich", and I watch every dollar! Next year the rig will be paid off, and I can use that extra to fund a nice show season - I might start to feel "rich" then!

                                      For you college grads, I got here by coming out of school with a bragworthy GPA in a liberal arts major, sticking with a job I didn't exactly love for long enough to gain respect for "getting the job done", gaining an industry reputation for working well in a team (working with plenty of people I wouldn't give a rat's rear end about in real life, but learning to just "get along" and get the job done, quite a rare and valuable trait I've found, in business ) without causing drama, being very flexible and ready to work with whatever changes where thrown my way.

                                      You'd likely have to put in some 10 years like I did in a certain industry to be able to fly solo like I am now, but if you can find the patience, it may be worth it!

                                      Of course all this was Plan C, when plan A (be born into wealthy horse loving family) and plan B (marry wealthy horse loving man who accidentally keeled over after changing his will) failed to come through for me...


                                      • #20
                                        I've been a secretary, a waitress, taught 8th grade, tutored, been a technical writer, and now I teach rhetoric in a university graduate program. (I have a PhD in BS!) All of the jobs allowed me to have a horse, and now I can actually afford to compete, and my schedule is flexible enough so that I can compete.
                                        --Becky in TX
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