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12 Career Options for Those Interested in Working with Horses

12 Career Options for Those Interested in Working with Horses

The equine industry is growing tremendously each year and this means that more career opportunities are becoming available to those job seekers that are interested in working with horses. While the jobs that are found in the traditional equine career path are growing, there is an increasing number of trades that were not previously associated with horses that are making their way into the equine sector. These are just a few of the many opportunities available to those that dream of working with horses.

1. Riding Instructor

A riding instructor watches over students and directs them in their sessions. They may demonstrate the proper techniques as far as jumping, reining, dressage, posture, and even Western trail riding. Generally a riding instructor charges by the hour but they may earn up to $40,000 a year.

2. Equine Veterinarian (Or Veterinarian Technician)

Here you will be able to provide preventative health care and treatment for injuries. There is a huge educational commitment that comes with this title, but the average salary is very promising. A technician will provide assistance to the veterinarian with exams and surgical procedures.

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3. Farrier

A farrier is responsible for maintaining the hooves of horses with trimming and balancing. They must see each client about 7 times per year. Many farriers are self-employed and learn the trade through certification courses or apprenticeships.

4. Jockey

A jockey is someone who races with a trainer’s instruction. There are strict weight and diet guidelines along with apprenticeship and training. Racing can begin at 16 but a jockey must be tough. The days are long and this dangerous sport can end with broken bones.

5. Groom

A groom provides the daily necessary care for the horses that are under their supervision, making sure to notice any changes in the behavior of a horse or any signals from their body language that might be a red flag for veterinary care.

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6. Mounted Police Officer

Horses are used for crowd control and as a deterrent to crime. First, you must be a regular police officer through the police academy and then work for three years before applying to be a mounted police officer.

7. Barn Manager

The daily duties of a barn manager include supervising and caring for the horses in their stable. They can be found handling horse care, scheduling deliveries to the barn of food and bedding, and managing employees.

8. Exercise Rider

Each morning an exercise rider will work horses on a racetrack and will follow instructions given by a trainer. These riders can be taller and heavier than jockeys.

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9. Racehorse Trainer

These trainers are those who are responsible for conditioning their horses to compete in events for racing.  They have to have an abundance of knowledge in every aspect of horsemanship and must pass a licensing exam in the state in which they wish to compete. A racehorse trainer will earn a daily rate for a horse that us under their care, as well as a percentage of their horse’s winnings.

10. Bloodstock Agent

In this position, you would evaluate horses at auctions and then bid on them on behalf of a client. You would arrange the purchase of proven racehorses, stallion seasons, or privately sold horses while keeping up with the online equestrian marketplace. Many agents are involved in the thoroughbred industry and will earn a commission for their services.

11. Horse Breeder

A horse breeder will arrange the matings that will result in foals. This could be arranging the mating of a certain breed or a foal that will be suited for competition of a specific type. The salary is varied widely and is based on what type of breeding is being done.

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12. Equine Nutritionist

Nutrition for horses is so much more than some hay and a scoop of pellets. There is an increasing need for nutritionists because so many individuals are not properly educated on feeding their horses. There are feed industry representatives, consultants, educators, researchers, and more. Generally a nutritionist will need at least a Master’s degree.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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