Make Money with Horses

July 31, 2013
Don on Sheza
Don on Sheza

Education is the key to financial and career success in our knowledge based economy.
But what do you need to learn?
More and more people are discovering that while the world is changing, most educational offerings have not. So they are skipping traditional college programs which teach what they don’t need to learn and blazing new career paths by learning about the subjects they love.
Christopher Dalton is the 20-year-old owner of D Detailing, an auto care business he start while still in high school. According to USA Today, Dalton gave college a try, but quit after a semester, saying “why not take the money I’m spending on college and spent it learning what I want to learn.”
Dalton says he is making $150 per hour doing what he loves to do while friends who have stayed in college are going in debt with student loans and have little prospects for a post graduate job.
Unemployment for recent bachelor degree students was 12.6 per cent in 2011, the most recent year available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate was 7.7 per cent in 2007.
If the trend continues it could shake the very foundations of the more than 7,000 traditional college and universities which take in more than $147 billion each year in tuition and fees, according to the Department of Education.
Of course, certain degree graduates are in high demand. There are plenty of jobs for medical and engineering degree holders.
And there are plenty of jobs for those with equine study degrees or certifications. A quick survey of trainers, stables, tack stores and horse feed manufacturers reveals a need for educated personnel, but few applicants with “credentials.”
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in equine studies degree program boast of having jobs waiting even before they are awarded their diplomas.
Other colleges with equine study programs report the same success in graduates finding jobs. There are more than 200 colleges and universities in the US offering equine study degrees or certificates.
Getting an education to allow you to do what you love doing is the smartest move anyone can make to guarantee they’ll live the life they want.
Within the horse industry, there are dozens and dozens of different career opportunities from being an equine photographer to writing articles about horses to the traditional jobs of training horses or teaching riding.
The main reason jobs are so plentiful in the horse industry is that every 50 miles or so there is a need for more stable managers, trainers, and riding instructors. Then 50 miles down the road in any direction, the need is repeated.
For the most part, jobs in the horse industry are person to person positions, and the persons with the highest levels of academic achievement are going to be the highest in demand.
Without question the more you learn about the business you are in, the more you are going to earn.
A liberal arts education might be nice, but it won’t get you a job today.
Last year Texas colleges graduated more than 5,000 students with degrees in psychology. The state had 4 positions for such graduates.
In this information age it is more important than ever that you concentrate on learning about what you love. You can study anything you want, but you can’t study everything; there simply isn’t time.

Don Blazer teaches the course The Business of Making Money With Horses for