Jobs with Horses

Careers and Jobs in the Horse Industry

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If you love horses you might be thinking of planning a career based on their care or use or supporting a breed or sport. Here is a list of jobs with horses or related to the horse industry.

  • Rider Riders may exercise race horses, be paid to school or warm up performance horses, or catch rides at shows or other events. The article Jobs Riding Horses outlines careers that entail riding horses.
  • Farrier  Farriers care for horse’s hooves and apply and remove shoes.
  • A veterinarian will look after all aspects of a horse’s health, from digestive issues to lameness problems. Some specialize in breeding stock, lameness or other aspects of horse health.
  • and Veterinary Assistant  Vet techs are licensed professionals trained to assist vets in all procedures including surgery. Vet assistants may work with vets, but are not licensed and may have a more administrative role in a vet clinic.
  • Instructor/CoachMost instructors and coaches also train or board horses, or have other work either within or outside of the horse industry.
  • Trainer Trainers may start young horses, deal with problem horses, or give clients’ horses specialized training.
  • Groom Grooms may look after the day to day care of a horse, or a stable of horses, and may prepare them for competition or sale.
  • Jockey Jockeys ride race horses in competition.
  • Saddler Saddlers make and repair all types of saddles. Some may specialize in a particular type of saddle.
  • Harness Maker Harness makers may make bridles and other gear for riding horses, or they may make driving harnesses for light and draft horses. A harness maker often does repairs and may work on items that are non-horse related.
  • Saddle FitterA saddle fitter may travel to stables to fit saddles and then take the saddles to be adjusted or repaired.
  • Equine ChiropractorAn equine chiropractor may give horses chiropractic adjustments. Depending on the regulations they may also be a veterinarian or human chiropractor.
  • Carriage Maker/RepairCarriage makers make and repair horses drawn vehicles, or parts of the vehicles like shafts or wheels.
  • Equine Massage TherapistMassage therapists help solve muscular tension in horses to improve quality of life and performance.
  • Mounted PoliceMany major cities have mounted police units for crime prevention and crowd control
  • Equine PhysiotherapistA physiotherapist may help with equine muscular and biomechanical problems.
  • Equine NutritionistA nutritionist may formulate concentrate mixture, or they may analyze a horse’s feeding program and make suggestions for optimal health.
  • Stable ManagerStable managers oversee the care of horse stables, and any employees. They are responsible for feeding programs, choosing feeds, stable hygiene,  horse health, lesson scheduling, event planning and many other aspects of horse ownership and stable management. This can be a 24X7 responsibility.
  • Barn HandA barn hand may be a jack-of-all-trades and be responsible for everything from horse care to machinery and structure repair.
  • Pony Ride Operator Pony rider operators may work in one venue, caring for ponies and providing children’s pony rides. Or, they may travel to different events to set up their ponies and provide rides.
  • Pony Party OrganizerPony party organizers provide pony rides and pony themed favors for kids’ parties.
  • Trail GuideTrail guides take out individuals or groups on afternoon or overnight trail rides. Some might provide hunting or fishing guidance as well.
  • Guest Ranch Operator/EmployeeGuest or dude ranch operators and employees help tourists enjoy a ranch lifestyle holiday.
  • Insurance Broker/SalesEquine Insurance brokers specialize in the unique needs of the horse industry, from providing insurance from simple liability for individuals to event, coach, or breeding farm insurance.
  • Tack Shop SalesThose who run or work at tack shops provide a wide variety of products for horse owners.
  • Show JudgeShow judges may specialize in specific disciplines and need to know the rules and requirements of their sport.
  • Show ManagerShow managers are the event managers of the horse world.
  • Show Support Staff (Stewards)Show require a lot of support staff, from secretaries to ring stewards.
  • Lab TechnicianLab technicians work with veterinarians or other equine medical professionals testing and researching.
  • Web Site DesignerSome website designers specialize in the horse industry.
  • Writer Writers in the horse industry provide copy for newspapers, magazines, websites both in and outside of the horse industry.
  • Hay Dealer Hay dealers buy and sell hay.
  • Photographer Photographers specializing in equine photography may take photos for individuals or may be present at events.
  • Artist Artists in many different medias often specialize in horse themes.
  • Carriage Tour DriverThe carriage trade is falling out of favor in many places. But, there are still opportunities for carriage operators to cater to weddings and other special events.
  • Trucker/Horse TransportHorses haulers are frequently called on for both short and long haul horse transportation.
  • Breeder Breeders usually specialize in a specific breed or type of horse. Many show their horses and promote their breed.
  • Dealer A horse dealer buys horses and sells them to clients. Many specialize in a specific type of horse or horses for a specific use.
  • Farm InspectorFarm inspectors may inspect farms for the animals welfare, or they may inspect breeding stock for entry into programs or stud books. Some may work for insurance companies or other agencies.
  • Therapeutic Riding Instructor/Support StaffTherapeutic riding schools require a lot of support staff for an effective and safe program. Many positions, however, are volunteer.
  • Jockey ValetA jockey valet may look after a jockey’s gear and clothing and may take on some of the duties of a horse groom. They may help the jockey dress on race day and may assist with the care of the horse following a race.
  • Hot Walker/Pony RiderA pony rider escorts racehorses to the gates and hot walkers hand walk horses to cool them out after exercise or performing.
  • Seamstress/DesignerSome sewists design and manufacture clothing for riders, drivers and horse lovers. They may make custom clothing, or design or assemble for mass manufacturing.
  • Toy Designer/ManufacturerToy designers and manufacturers produce toys for children and collector items for adults.
  • Software Designer/ProgrammerSoftware designers and programs make software for the horse industry, from tracking spreadsheets for individual horse owners to breeding databases for registries and other associations.
  • Track Support StaffRacetracks require a large staff—from judges and other officials, barn staff, grounds keepers and accountants to servers and cleaners in public places.
  • Carpenter Carpenters may build stables, jumps or other paraphernalia for the horse world.
  • Jump/Course DesignerJump designers create interesting but safe jumps, while course designers layout challenging by safe courses for jumping competitions.
  • Breed InspectorA breed inspector travels to stable to approve breeding stock or may attend shows or other events to approve stallions, mares or foals.
  • Artificial Insemination SpecialistAI specialists may oversee all aspects of artificial horse breeding.
  • Catch Rider
    Catch riders attend horse shows and ride horses for clients, often on short notice.
  • Equine Dentist
    Often dentists may also be veterinarians.