It can be incredibly daunting to launch your career within the horse world. Whether you’re switching careers, or starting from a young age, it can be difficult to figure out how to go about it and what kind of job suits you best. Don’t worry though! I’ll go through the many possibilities and types of jobs that you you can find in the world world. You’ll be surprised about the variety, and there will be something fit for you, no matter your experience in horses.
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7. Guide or back up guide These are amazing jobs that allow you to see lots of nature and wildlife from horseback. If you want to guide in big 5 area, you’ll need to get some certifications.
9. Groom Don’t want to ride as much as a guide or train, have a look at a grooming position! You’ll be taking care of the horses, feeding them, turning them out and possibly doing stable or farm maintenance.
10. Office jobs I will get back to these later, but a horse riding company also needs an office, so imagine all the different jobs needed.
11. Logistics Lots of horse safari and trekking companies need drivers! The logistics can be complicated and often a logistics driver is needed to set up lunch for guests, drive to sundowner spots to pick up guests and so much more.
12. Accommodation and hospitality Chefs, managers, interior designers, and any other job you can possibly think of that is needed in a lodge and in hospitality.
13. Anti poaching This is a topic that is incredibly dear and important to me. Horses often help with anti-poaching.
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Which ever discipline you’re good at, there is an opportunity to become an exercise rider!
14. Dressage rider
15. Showjumping rider
16. Eventing rider
17. Polo rider
18. Racing exercise rider
Also: saddle seat, trotter, western, endurance, and all other disciplines!
Grooms are needed wherever there are horses, and in every discipline!
25. Trekking and safaris
26. Stud farms
27. Farm and stable work Perfect for those of us who don’t have a lot of experience with horses yet but are interested in working on a farm!
28. Au pair/gardener/housekeeper There are lots of families and private farms that need a groom who can also help with the kids, garden and around the house.
29. Riding school This is absolutely perfect if you have a teaching certificate. However, there are many possibilities even if you don’t, as long as you have some experience and a great sense of responsibility.
30. Start your own company You can create a website or social media page to get clients. You can teach anything from riding, to training, to groundwork and horsemanship and so much more. Nowadays, lots of people have Pivo, which allows them to get online lessons with their horse.
Perfect if you don’t have enough horse experience yet!
32. Social media manager
35. Personal assistant
There are endless possibilities, anything you can think of that a company needs. You’ll be able to start an office job and learn about horses in the mean time. Eventually you might even be able to shift into working with the horses!
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