Jobs with Horses
Jobs with horses aren’t difficult to come by. In fact by typing the phrase into a search engine you’ll find a host equine job vacancy boards available at your fingertips.
People often work with horses as they choose to do ‘something they love’. Patience and a desire to succeed in your chosen career path is must, especially when the odds are against you. Although there is a variety of job types so to speak, competition is high and wages can be low to start. Be sure it’s the right industry for you, choose your direction and go for it!
Different types of jobs with horses
As with any industry, there is a whole host of different types of equestrian work available throughout the UK and the rest of the World! From a groom to jockey, nutritionist to marketer extraordinaire, here’s a non exhaustive list of vacancy types;
Wages vary according to experience and qualifications. Groom vacancies typically start with an apprentice type position, often with the opportunity to be taken on when the apprenticeship has ended. Should this happen, minimum wage can be expected. Working as a groom would typically follow a career level up to head groom or yard manager.
Journalism – working as a journalist for a publishing company can expect up to £28,000 per year although this can vary depending on the size of organisation you may work for. Trainee positions can expect from £13,000 rising with experience and time in the industry.
Sales – whether you’re selling advertising space or riding holiday a basic sales wage can sit somewhere around £15,000 – £18,000. A commission is then usually earned when targets are met.
Hours of work
One thing is for sure, hours can be long and irregular. If working as a journalist expect to work out of the traditional Monday-Friday office hours. You’ll be required to report on news stories as and when they happen, whether this be at 6.ooam on a Monday morning or 9pm on Saturday evening. Travelling to equestrian events is often mandatory so having your own transport is advantageous.
Working directly with horses stipulates irregular working hours. Expect to work long hours or in some instances up to six days a week.