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  • A day in the life

    Tell me about your job with horses...
    What's an average day like?
    What's your favorite part about the job? What about your least favorite part? If applicable, what were the college classes like (ex. equine business management, nutrition, etc.)?
    It's not quite time to be looking at colleges, but sophomore year is almost over and I just want to put some feelers out there for potential careers or things I want to aim for.

    ETA: Yes, I know nobody gets into this for the money
    Barn owner
    Barn manager
    Assistant trainer
    Equine nutritionist (or other specialist, please describe)
    Vet tech
    Other (please describe)
    If i smell like peppermint, I gave my horse treats.
    If I smell like shampoo, I gave my horse a bath.
    If I smell like manure, I tripped.

  • #2
    There's a ton of threads on this, but the general consensus is:

    Get a degree in something NOT horse related.


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by GoForAGallop View Post
      There's a ton of threads on this, but the general consensus is:

      Get a degree in something NOT horse related.
      Haha, I figured
      I was going to read the other threads but most of them ended up being about working student positions and/or trying to make it as a big time rider or trainer. I'm more interested in just seeing what it's like, and not just as a rider/trainer...I meant for this to be more of a "day in the life" type of thing.
      If i smell like peppermint, I gave my horse treats.
      If I smell like shampoo, I gave my horse a bath.
      If I smell like manure, I tripped.


      • #4
        It depends hugely on the type of environment, I was a lowly stable hand at an upscale barn and had three times as much work as I do now managing a small property.

        Occasionally I have to market to get new borders (read I slap something on craigslist)
        I then interview them and weed out the extra crazies. This only happens once in a blue moon.

        mostly I pick up poop, and move the manure pile around.
        Access body condition and create feed schedules and supplement recommendations for all three horses.
        I then feed
        Brush everybody
        turn them out / scrub water buckets and give hay

        I then go to school to be a nurse

        then give hay at one ish and work with the mare I have in for some basic training

        then go to school to be a nurse

        I then teach a beginner lesson
        and then teach the girl how to feed and muck stalls to work off her lesson. Essentially I do evening feeding and turn in/ turn out.

        I also deworm the horses and spend my days stacking 250 hay bails at a time.... It's a lot of work, go to school for something and enjoy your horses.... actually I'd just be a BM if I could but I need health insurance for when the pony kicks me during a trim or something unforeseen.

        I also trim feet on the side and do landscaping.... and i'm a photographer to help pay for my pony.

        I'm so sorry that was such a mess.... I need to go to bed lol
        Saddle Tree Acres


        • #5
          Originally posted by DottieHQ View Post
          It's not quite time to be looking at colleges, but sophomore year is almost over and I just want to put some feelers out there for potential careers or things I want to aim for.
          If you're interested in science, Animal Science degrees, even if you don't plan to become a vet, are valuable. Many schools have equine specific electives you can take that will appeal to your interests. Feel free to PM me if you want more information. Or if science isn't your thing, business degrees are always useful. If college is a possibility, start looking at the classes you're currently taking: what do you enjoy studying? and what are you good at? to figure out what degree you want to pursue. Don't think of it as "what job do I want --> what degree will get me there" unless you're thinking about a professional degree like an MD or DVM.

          There is money in helping equine professionals, not necessarily being the professional. Plus, better work conditions and hours; you can dedicate time to your own horse[s] instead of client's.

          But like I said, feel free to PM me.


          • #6
            Mine is only sort of horse related. I'm the nanny to a pro rider
            I live on the farm taking care of the baby. Travel to shows and to Florida during the winter, and go to the show a bunch during the day. When he gets older we'll be riding together. I also ride some of my boss's horses after my normal work day for fun.
            I got my degree in elementary education. Not required by all agencies though.
            Last edited by ellemayo; Mar. 29, 2013, 11:45 AM. Reason: added degree


            • #7
              I'm the barn manager and center director for a therapeutic riding center. I love my job. I check in with my barn worker when I arrive, and then do any special treatments/monitoring the horses may need. Then I spend a few hours in the office doing administrative tasks (rider intake, volunteer coordination, scheduling vet/farrier, development, bookkeeping, you name it) before I ride. By mid-afternoon I'm in the barn wrangling the volunteers who do evening horse care and support the therapeutic lessons.

              It's an interesting balance between administration and hands-on horse care. No two days are the same. Some days the administrative stuff takes up the whole day. Other days I'm in the barn, holding horses for the farrier or training a new therapy horse. I run errands, I work with the property owner, I do grantwriting, I go to resource fairs and meet potential clients... it keeps my mind engaged. My least favorite part is when my barn worker is sick and I have to do stalls/buckets/sweep on top of the rest of my job. :-/ I don't mind the labor, but there just aren't enough hours in a day.

              My major was agribusiness. I took a few equine classes and I spent a lot of time at the university farm, but I got the sage advice to not major in horses. Summer internships/work experiences were key to my acquiring the necessary skills to do this job.


              • #8
                Dressage judge.
                My Equestrian Art Photography page


                • #9
                  Stable hand
                  I turn the horses out and in, muck stalls/ paddocks, fed, water, and hay.
                  I work part time, it usually covers my board and sometimesy lessons.
                  I just graduated and am looking for a "real job"