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Career Advice

5 Career Options for Horse Lovers

Any keen equestrian would probably tell you that they would relish the opportunity to shape their love of everything equine into a career. Luckily, there are plenty of career options out there for those that want to spend all day in the stables – and beyond!

Veterinarian

Probably the most glaringly obvious selection on this list, yet it will definitely be the most difficult – though if your love of animals extends to wanting to nurse each and every one back to health then this may be the job for you! To become a qualified vet, it takes five to six years of intense university study, with an expectation to constantly be refreshing and improving your knowledge with CDP (Continued professional Development Points) – this means you will need to put in at least 105 hours of additional study every three years.

Mounted Police

Often to control large crowds, like at a football match, the police force will make use of horses. To become a mounted police offer it will involve training as a regular police officer and when the time comes (after three years) choosing to specialise in that specific field. Although it isn’t necessary to have ridden a horse before,  it’ll certainly help your case!

Groom

A horse groom takes care of the most basic day-to-day care of the horse. Not just about making them look presentable, a groom needs to make sure the horse is getting everything it needs to be in top condition, whether it be making sure they’re getting the correct horse feed to noticing changes in behaviour that would imply something is wrong. While a relatively simple job, this is an important position in the stable as it is the groom’s responsibility to alert the vet if anything is amiss.

Riding Instructor

Are you somewhat of an expert when it comes to horse riding? Great, now impart your knowledge to the rest of the world! There are a variety of different riding disciplines to teach, from hunt seat to saddle seat, dressage to show jumping, there are so many different styles of riding to specialise in. Inspire the next generation of passionate horse riders and keep on passing the torch!

Farrier

For those not ‘in-the-know’, a farrier is essentially a cross between an equine chiropodist and shoemaker, they are responsible for the health of a horse’s hooves. This is quite a well-paid position because it requires a very in-depth knowledge of all things horseshoe, including how to fix a problem with a horse’s mobility to develop shoes that help to respond to any natural imbalance the horse may be suffering from.

There are plenty more career options to choose from when deciding which equine-related workplace would be suited to you. Don’t ever think that a job wouldn’t be open to you, all it takes is dedication, passion and hard work to break into the perfect career for you

 

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