Horse jobs are available in a variety of
fields and specialties.
Requirements for each job type also varies based on experience and
level of training or education.
Have you been dreaming of working in the
equine industry but aren't sure which career would be right for you? If
you have had a lifelong love of horses, then maybe a job working with
horses would be a great option to consider.
Jobs range from veterinary medicine to training to general farm work.
Finding the right horse job to suit you is very important. If you are
considering a job in the horse industry I highly recommend doing your
own research at home. The more you understand about what each job
requires, the better choices you will be able to make about which horse
job is right for you.
Working in the veterinary field is one of the most common choices for
those getting into the horse industry. There is a need for qualified
equine health care professionals. Horse jobs in the veterinary field
usually include working as a veterinarian or a veterinary
technician. To work under either job title you are required
to have some educational training and experience.
To become a veterinarian working with
horses you will have to plan on committing to at least 8 years of
college. Vet school programs are graduate school programs lasting 4
years in length, following the completion of an undergraduate degree.
There are some instances where you can be granted early entrance into a
veterinary graduate program, but it depends on which school you are
technicians work under the direction and supervision of the
veterinarian. There are a variety of training programs available that
range from certification programs to 4 year degrees from universities.
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You can also seek a career specializing
in the dental field. An equine
dentist is specialized to work with a horse's teeth. They offer
services from basic teeth floating to surgeries to even cosmetic
procedures. Dentistry is a veterinary specialty and you will also have
to go through an accredited veterinary medicine program.
Another horse job option is to work as a
farrier. In this field you
specialize in trimming feet, making shoes, and setting shoes. It is a
field that will always be in demand because every horse needs to see a
farrier. There are school training programs to become a farrier and I
also recommend spending some time with a one to get a real experience.
Since many horse owners have horses to
ride and show, there is a need
for training horses and riders. A horse trainer has many options open
as to which discipline they have experience in for training. There are
pleasure horse trainers (western pleasure, hunter under saddle),
reining horse trainers, cutting horse trainers, and jumping horse
There are college programs you can look into for becoming a trainer. I
do have to say that not all of the best trainers in the country learned
their skills in college. A lot of trainers have a lifetime of
experience to offer their clients.
There is an emerging field in the equine
industry targeting therapeutic
treatments for injuries and disease. In this field a common job is to
offer horse massage services. Just as a massage therapist works with
people, a career in equine massage provides a similar service to