There is a massive list of equine professions out there are for most people it’s their passion for horses that drives them to take up a career in that industry. There is no way on earth that we can possible list every profession that comes into contact with horses so we’ve just selected a handful to give you a run down on what they do and also what type and length of training goes into these roles.
Your journey begins well before you finish high school. Having a strong science and maths background will help you when applying to Colleges/ Universities. You will then commence an under graduate program focusing on science and maths before then proceeding to a Veterinary Science Doctorate. Being a qualified vet is really only part of the process. You need to have a good rapport with people and a reassuring and calm presence. You will be treating animals when they are at their most vulnerable and also working non business hours.
Qualifications for equine dentistry differ country to country. The qualification ranges from an 18 month course to an additional component of a vet doctorate. There are also apprenticeships that run for several years involving hands on work as well as study. As the majority of your work is done of site you will need the ability to work outdoors, in inclement weather and with disgruntled horses as well as their owners. Equine dentistry is as much about the education in dental hygiene as it is in treating cases.
This career requires physical stamina as well as excellent attention to detail, communication skills and organization. There is formal education for this field that covers equine reproduction and science however most people find they fall into this role with experience. The responsibilities are extensive. It entails handling stallions and mares as well as semen collection and artificial insemination.
Whilst there are formal qualifications and certifications in the different disciplines of riding most trainers transition from riding to training. They have practical experience and a built up exposure to differing temperaments of horses. A horse trainer lives and breathes the job. Depending on your stable size you may be feeding, grooming and training horses daily or providing lessons in a consulting forum. Trainers are continually learning and re training to keep abreast of new techniques and changes to the competing environment.
This is very much a hands on learning career. Stable hands are responsible for brushing and grooming of horses, mucking out stables, feeding, handling and leading horses. They will often exercise horses daily. If you want to become a part of a stable team then start with looking for work experience opportunities to get an idea of the role and work required.
Qualifications for this role differ country to country as well. Check your local Farrier Foundation or Organization for details on training and qualifying. Being a farrier is not an easy job. It is physically demanding for both men and women. There is an inherent danger at working in and around a horses feet. This is a role that requires trust and communication between you, the horse and the owner. For many this is a job that generations in their family have done before them so it then becomes a natural progression.
Having completed high school and an undergraduate program Equine therapist’s then study a master’s degree in rehabilitation therapy. Equine therapists more often than not deal with horses that have been injured or have been through trauma. They deal with varying physical, physiological and temperamental issues and perform different types of therapy on a needs basis. This can be a challenging role physically and emotionally and requires continued education to keep abreast of new techniques.
A vital role on the racetrack. This role requires an individual to have a great understanding of how horses move and think. They need to be able to read the body language of a horse entering the gates in order to keep all riders and their horses safe. Whilst there are no formal qualifications for this role it does require a deep understanding of how horses operate and move. It is such an important role in not only training young horses to enter and exit a gate but also in keeping race horses calm, clear and focused on the race ahead.
There are so many professions that have daily contact with horses. If you are interested in forging a career in this industry then contact people that are already in the role and ask if you can visit and see what it entails. This will enable you to get a clear understanding and view of the role before jumping straight in.
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