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Friday Feature: Horse Rider

What Type of Riding do you Dream of Doing?

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.

What Type of Riding do you Dream of Doing?

For posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“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

Friday Feature: Foaling Attendant

This week’s letter is F. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Employment Agencies (Equine).

A Foster Clydesdale Mare with a Thoroughbred Foal Nursing

In a way this week’s career is a niche market, but it genuinely is one that you can do most of the year, if you’re willing to travel between hemispheres.  A foaling attendant works nights, weekdays and weekends, depending on the stud they work on.

Their role is to assist mares that are foaling, particularly if there are issues with the delivery.  They are also often in charge of documenting the foal’s first drink, steps, passing of meconium (the first poo) and other general health.

Someone who is interested in work as a foaling attendant:

  • Should be ready to work nights (often from 9pm – 6am, but it can vary)
  • May like to undertake a horse breeding course or gain work experience on a large stud – Thoroughbred studs are often a great way to see a lot over a short period (a few months)
  • Should consider that their job will be in demand over later winter, spring and early summer
  • May want to gain contacts in the northern and southern hemisphere to be able to carry out the job year round
  • Will need to be very familiar with care of pregnant mares, the birthing process and neonates (young foals)

For posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“When will they make a tractor that can furnish the manure for farm fields and produce a baby tractor every spring?” – George Rupp

Friday Feature: Employment Agencies (Equine)

This week’s letter is E. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Driving.

Many Skills with Horses Need to be Learned to Gain Suitable Equine Employment

Although in 2000 at the age of 16, I was told there were no careers with horses, that couldn’t be further from the truth!  Over 100 equine related careers are listed on this blog.  In fact, today there are employment agencies that focus on finding skilled horse people, work in the industry.

Someone who is interested in helping others gain employment in the equine industry should:

  • Consider the need for a background in the horse industry and contacts that can be called upon – it will be easier to help others if you’ve already put in the hard yards yourself and established working connections in the industry
  • Have good people skills – this is important to establish working relationships with employers, as well as to help those looking to gain employment
  • Consider contacting established employment agencies that focus on horse related jobs – it would be easier to gain employment with an established business that helps others, than to try to set up one on your own
  • Be aware of any licenses or qualifications that are required to carry out specific horse jobs – when helping others find work, you need to know what they need to be able to do
  • Possibly have a background in recruiting staff / human resources

For posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“When in doubt, ask a horse.” – Author unknown

Friday Feature: Driving

This week’s letter is D. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Career Counselling (Equine).

Someone who has the skill of driving horses may be able to turn this into an income earner a few different ways.  Perhaps it’s through providing carriage driving services to the public, selling horses that have been started under harness or maybe through charging a fee to start horses in harness or via racing horses as is done with trotting and pacing.  I’m sure there are more options!

A Horse in Harness

Someone who is interested in utilising their driving related skills to generate income may need to:

  • Have the ability to start driving horses under the use of lunge lines
  • Be involved in the carriage driving competition circuit to build up awareness of one’s skills and develop contacts
  • Have horses trained in harness
  • Have carriages that can be used with driving horses
  • Gain a driving license to race
  • Gain local council permission to run a carriage driving business on the streets

If you have an interest in working with horses in harness, but don’t yet have the skills to run your own business, consider:

  • Contacting local businesses where you could gain work experience or employment
  • Reading as much as you can on the subject
  • Attending events that would put you in touch with those who are already established in the industry (sales, races, competitions)

For posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“If one induces the horse to assume that carriage which it would adopt of its own accord when displaying its beauty, then one directs the horse to appear joyous and magnificent, proud and remarkable for having been ridden.” – Xenophon

Friday Feature: Career Counselling (Equine)

This week’s letter is C. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Breeder.

Now in all honesty, I’m not sure that this particular equine related career exists – yet!  And yet, it would be my dream job.  That is why this blog came to be – there are so many opportunities to work with horses, sometimes those who want to do so don’t know what to pursue, or they’re not sure if they can make an income whilst working with this animal that they love.

What Work do you Dream of Doing that is Horse Related?

Someone who counsels others in regards to horse related careers would need to have the following:

  • An awareness of varying horse qualifications around the world, how long they take to complete and costs involved
  • Knowledge of what skills are desired in particular facets of the equine industries (racing, equestrian, stud, sales, endurance, carriage, instructing, etc)
  • Contacts across a myriad of horse related industries
  • Knowledge of what qualifications are required to carry out particular jobs
  • People skills
  • The ability to network and promote one’s services to potential clients

Although this is a niche market, I firmly believe there are many, many people out there who desire a career with horses.  If there was someone they could go to, to guide them on:

  • possible careers with horses,
  • courses they should undertake to get their dream job
  • and how to go about promoting themselves via networking and resume creation;

I think that person would over time be able to carry out equine career counselling as their dream horse career.  For posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“… the horse has been, of all animals, man’s most constant companion in work and leisure.” – Author unknown

Friday Feature: Breeder

This week’s letter is B. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Accounting (Equine Business).

Breeding Horses can be Incredibly Rewarding, but Hard Work and Time Consuming

It is possible to be a person who breeds horses for a living.  It should be noted however, that a successful breeder needs to be able to:

  • Cater to a niche market – there needs to be a demand for what is being bred
  • Support financially the cost of keeping mares, foals, young stock and/or stallions
  • Have somewhere to keep a number of horses
  • Be patient – it takes 12 months to breed a mare and generate a foal and even longer to sell the progeny
  • Turn out the sale horses to a high standard or pay for someone else to do so, so that they’re presented well to potential buyers

An awareness of a mare’s reproductive cycle, and how to care for her during pregnancy and feed her appropriately are important.  If owning stallions, knowledge of live covers and/or artificial insemination as well as appropriate training and handling of entire horses is also vital.

If you plan to breed horses, but only provide the financial backing, then you’ll need to find an appropriate property (stud) on which to keep the horses and will be charged for the staff knowledge and experience with regards to the care of stud horses, breeding fees and agistment costs.

For posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“Breed the best to the best and hope for the best.” – Breeder’s axiom

Friday Feature: Accounting (Equine Business)

This week’s letter is A. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Welfare (Equine).

Well we’re back around to the letter A for the third look at an equine related career that falls under this letter of the alphabet.  It’s tax time in Australia with the end of the financial year marking a busy period for accountants!  This is no different for the equine business than for any other business – finances need to be in order.

To be able to seek advice and help from an accountant who is familiar with the equine industry I believe is a big bonus.  If those helping out in the financial area of your business are also familiar with common terminology and costs in the equine industry, so much the better.

If you have an interest in providing financial services to equine businesses, consider:

  • They may not be your only market, particularly if you’re starting out
  • Getting an accounting/financial qualification
  • Ways you can market yourself to those in the horse industry – at sales, competitions, information sessions
  • What you can offer to the equine business that is different to other financial advisers who aren’t familiar with horses

For posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“Don’t give your son money. As far as you can afford it, give him horses.” – Winston Churchill

Friday Feature: Welfare (Equine)

This week’s letter is W. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Veterinary Nursing.

In today’s society, the welfare of animals is greatly promoted.  Equine welfare is no different.  Many may think of equine rescue set ups around the world when they think of work relating to horse welfare.  There are in fact many organisations that also work to promote horse care and educate ignorant owners and workers.

What does a Healthy Horse Represent in Your Mind?

If you have an interest in the welfare of horses and raising their living conditions in your area, consider:

  • People can do things out of ignorance, not out of cruelty and need to be approached respectfully to advocate change
  • That the job could involve seeing a lot of under-conditioned and poorly handled or mistrusting horses
  • Equine welfare jobs can come in the form of work with the RSPCA, governing sporting bodies (EFA/FEI, Pony Clubs, HorseSafe) as well as equine rescue businesses
  • How you can educate yourself to be a better horse owner/handler
  • Having an open mind

There are many possibilities to pursue this passion as a line of work.  It may involve physically working with bringing horses back to health, educating people about horse health and care, developing educational resources or even being part of an ethics committee that outlines rules for horse care and handling in a particular organisation.

For posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“When my health and strength are gone – when I’m getting old and feeble, and my long life’s work is done – don’t sell me to cruel owners, to be slaved to my latest breath…” – Author unknown

Friday Feature: Veterinary Nursing

This week’s letter is V. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Track Rider.

You may have a passion for helping injured horses, but not be interested in pursuing the role of a veterinarian.  Rather than needing to go to university to gain a degree, a veterinary nurse is able to complete a qualification at TAFE whilst also working in a clinic, gaining hands on experience.

The catch often is being able to acquire work in a clinic – don’t be afraid to volunteer your time!  This can be a great way to build up contacts and then gain work in a field you’re passionate to enter.

Veterinary Nurses may be Required to Help Newborn Foals

If you’re interested in becoming a veterinary nurse, consider:

  • Your focus won’t be solely horses
  • You may need to work night duty and cover weekends
  • You’ll be working with animals that often will be in pain
  • You may be able to focus on a particular area down the track, such as neonatal care (foals)
  • If you work in an equine clinic, there will be seasons of work where particular tasks are really busy or non existent (eg, birth of foals, xrays for horse sales)

Being a veterinary nurse will require that you undertake study to gain a qualification.  For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“Lessons from your horse: when you’re feeling financially secure, let me teach you the meaning of ‘veterinary services, additional.'” – Author unknown

Friday Feature: Track Rider

This week’s letter is T. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Steward.

Many people love the idea of riding fast horses – not me, I’m a sook!  Although they may aspire to be a jockey, their physique may not make this possible.  It is however possible to be taller and weigh more than a jockey and still ride track work.  That is, ride horses on a racecourse in anticipation for race day.

Does Riding Fast Horses Appeal to You?

In fact for many, the opportunity to become a jockey is first formed through riding track work.

If riding racehorses appeals to you, consider:

  • A need to know racing rules and regulations
  • The need to ride horses at timed work
  • Early hours will be a non negotiable
  • Busy days will often be race days, which will include weekend work
  • Riding happens at most stables 6 days a week and will involve riding many different horses each morning

You need to have your track rider’s license to be able to ride racehorses for a trainer.  For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“What a creature he was! Never have I felt such a horse between my knees. His great haunches gathered under him with every stride, and he shot forward ever faster and faster, stretched like a greyhound, while the windbeat in my face and whistled past my ears.” – Arthur Conan Doyle