Have you ever wanted to take your passion and turn it into a career? Many horseback riders dream of working with horses all day long. You might be wondering if it is even possible to make money working in the horse industry. These career paths are your answer if you’d still like to make a decent wage, but enjoy the type of work you do!
- Farrier – They provide care to the hooves of your horse. This may include trimming, shaping, applying shoes, and resolving lameness. Depending on experience and location, farriers can charge as little as $60 for shoes or as much as $300. Salaries can range considerably, but the average reported is around $92,623 a year.
- Veterinarian – Services such as annual exams and shots, emergency care, reproductive health, and soundness evaluations can all be part of their job duties. Those with an established practice may yield approximately $85,000 annually.
- Dental Technician – Earning as much as $76,000 a year, dental technicians float teeth and resolve problems in the mouth.
- Sales Representative – Those specializing in the sale of equine products and feed may make nearly $70,000 annually. Some jobs may be inside sales or outside sales, depending on the company and position. Many will require at least some travel.
- Mounted Police Officer – By enforcing the law and controlling crowds, the average mounted police officer yields around $53,000 a year.
- Broodmare Manager – They assist in the breeding operation of show or race horses. This can include foal watch, teasing mares, and the aftercare of mare and foal. Salaries are about $40,000 a year.
Choosing a career in the horse industry can be difficult, but with proper research you’ll be on your way to a high-earning equine position!