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Work With Horses

If you really love horses, you might be thinking about a career that lets you interact with them on a daily basis. However, if you go to a job board and search open positions for a “cowboy/cowgirl” in your area, you might have a hard time finding many opportunities. Below are some legitimate career options for working with horses.

Equine Veterinarian:

Equine Veterinarians provide preventative health care for horses, and treat their injuries or sicknesses. However, becoming licensed in the practice involves a significant education commitment.

Equine Veterinary Technician:

Not interested in all the years of school to become a veterinarian? Equine Vet Technicians provide assistance to the veterinarian as they complete exams and surgical procedures. Typically, it takes about 2 years to obtain this degree, and you need to pass an exam to become licensed.

Equine Dental Technician

These professionals ensure that the horse can eat and perform properly, and also remove sharp points from a horse’s teeth (called “floating” the teeth).

Riding Instructor:

These workers supervise students and direct them in riding lessons/training sessions. They teach things like proper technique, and may specialize in a variety of riding disciples such as saddle seat, hunt seat, reining, dressage, and show jumping.


Farriers do things like trimming, maintaining, and balancing equine hooves (typically averaging about 7 times per year for each horse). Most farriers are self-employed and can learn the skill set by apprenticeship and a certification course.

Stallion & Broodmare Managers:

A stallion manager supervises the breeding and care of stallions, and are involved in scheduling breeding shed appointments, promoting stallions to the public, and supervising daily care. On the other hand, broodmare managers supervise the care of mares and foals, and are responsible for assisting with teasing mares, foaling’s, and keeping veterinary and productions records.

Exercise Rider:

Exercise riders work/run horses each morning, following the instructions they’re given by the horse’s trainer.


Grooms are the people who provide daily care for the horses under their supervision. They take note of any changes in a horse’s body or behavior that may signal the need for veterinary care.

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