This week’s letter is H. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Groom.
Now this is a broad category that probably requires a bit more of a set focus.
It is possible to ride horses for a living, but the discipline in which you do so will dictate your hours of work, skills required in the saddle and even potential to earn income.
Although all are horse riding related, it is very different to play polo for a living, exercise racehorses, ride horses as a jockey, aim to reach the Olympics as an eventer or excel in dressage.
Someone who is interested in pursuing a career as a professional horse rider should consider:
- Getting as many hours in the saddle on varying horses as possible
- Finding a good instructor to guide them
- Setting goals to achieve results at competitions
- Which discipline they want to focus on after becoming established as a rider
Horse riding is a great sport; if you can make a living from it and are passionate about it – all the better! It doesn’t necessarily mean needing to have your own horse – you can rider other peoples’ horses for a living. The difficult bit is proving your capabilities so that others will want you to ride for them.
For posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:
- The Interscholastic Equestrian Association
- Professional Riding: Polo
- Professional Riding: Polocrosse
- Profile On: Janelle Pitts
- Provision of Funds Through Naturevet
- Riders for Helmets
- Profile On: Jane Savoie
- Ride and Tie
- Profile On: Brooke Sweeney, Apprentice Jockey
- Profile On: Karl Anderson
- Friday Feature: Jackaroo/Jillaroo
- Friday Feature: Mounted Police
- Friday Feature: Track Rider
- Trackrider Course in Victoria
- Track Riding of Racehorses
- Spring into Action
“A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper. But a bad rider won’t hear his horse even if it screams at him!” – Author unknown