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Title: Equine Industry Careers

Equine Industry Careers
  • Equine Science I
  • Scott Robison

Essential Skills
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Technology Skills
  • Responsibility
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Management

Industry Specific Skills
  • Interest in horses
  • Mobility
  • Particularly in racehorse industry travel may be
  • Jobs may be seasonal
  • Willingness to Volunteer
  • Having an open mind

Importance of Volunteerism
  • The horse industry thrives on volunteer
  • Volunteering helps you make contacts
  • Volunteering is a great way to get experience and
    develop skills through hands on activities
  • Good way to find out about potential jobs

Having an Open Mind
  • Do not limit your objectives/goals when
    considering a career in the equine industry
  • You may have to work into a career gradually
    (either part-time or volunteer)
  • Many people who work with rodeos or horse shows
    are bi-vocational (they work a regular job
    during the week).
  • Diversifying your skill set (learning new skills)
    will help you find a job/career
  • A good way to find out about jobs and to learn
    more about the industry is to subscribe to trade

Careers in Equine Science
  • The careers in the industry fall into several
  • Directly, Daily contact with horses (Primary)
  • Supplies and Support Services
  • Horse shows and Rodeos
  • Racehorse Industry
  • Recreational Careers

Primary Equine Careers
  • Veterinarian
  • Mounted Policeman
  • Horse Breeder
  • Riding Instructor
  • Trainer
  • Stable Manager
  • Farrier

  • Diagnose and treat horses for disease prevention
    and cure
  • Also maintain horse health
  • Required to have a four-year degree plus a
    doctoral degree in veterinary medicine (DVM)

The Vet School Issue
  • NCSU is the only school in NC with the degree
  • There are only 27 vet schools in the USA
  • In total they accept 3000 students per year
  • Vet school is much harder to get into than
    medical school
  • While a 4 year degree in Animal Science is most
    common, almost any degree is acceptable for

Vet School Student Profile
  • In 2007 the average first year vet student
  • Had a 3.54 undergraduate GPA
  • Was 24 years and 2 months of age
  • Had been in college for just under 4 ½ years
  • Was most likely female

Non-Typical Vet Careers
  • USAF Special Assistant for Biological Warfare
  • NASA- Astronaut
  • Wildlife Veterinarian
  • Agroterrorism Planner/ Coordinator
  • FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
  • EPA Environmental Response Team
  • USDA Food Safety Inspection Service

Mounted Policeman
  • Mounted Policeman were made famous by the Royal
    Canadian Mounted Police (Mounties) who are
    basically the Canadian FBI
  • The job requires a college education in law
    enforcement that should be supplemented by
    education and experience in horse care and

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Horse Breeder
  • Horse Breeders develop and manage equine breeding
  • They should be familiar with traditional breeding
    as well as techniques such as artificial
    insemination and semen collection
  • The education/training must include a strong
    emphasis on equine reproductive physiology and
    equine behavior

Riding Instructor
  • Riding Instructors teach others how to ride
  • They should be familiar with horse and human
    behavior as well as equestrian principles.
  • Riding instructors may have formal college
    education or significant hands on experience and

Horse Trainer
  • Horse Trainers train horses for different
  • They should have a strong understanding of horse
    behavior and have patience
  • They should relate well to horses in order to
    overcome the fears of horses
  • Training may be formal or informal

Stable Manager
  • Stable managers run horse stables
  • They should have a solid understanding of the
    proper care and feeding of horses
  • They should be able to manage employees and make
  • Much of the work involves working outside and
    with horses.
  • Training is typically on-the-job.

  • Farriers care for horses feet, which includes
    trimming hooves and shoeing.
  • Farriers often travel from farm to farm to
    provide services.
  • Training is almost always done on an
    apprenticeship basis.
  • Most farriers are self-employed.

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Careers in Equine Supplies and Support
  • These careers may involve direct contact with
    horses but not typically on a daily basis.
  • These jobs typically provide things that are
    needed by those working in the primary careers.
  • Tack and Equipment Maker
  • Extension Horse Specialist
  • College Professor
  • Commercial Feed Manufacturer
  • Horse Trailer Designer

Commercial Feed Manufacturer
  • These jobs involve the production and processing
    of horse feeds
  • Therefore a good knowledge of the digestive
    physiology of horses is important
  • They must also have a knowledge of feeds and the
    nutritional values of feed supplements
  • NCSU offers a minor in Feed Mill Management

Horse Trailer Designer
  • These careers involve designing (and building)
    horse trailers
  • Designers must be able to satisfy the demands and
    concerns of horse owners
  • This career typically involves little direct
    contact with horses.
  • Education may include graphic design as well as
    basic agricultural engineering.

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Tack and Equipment Maker
  • These people design and make tack and other
    equipment needed in the equine industry
  • They must understand the role that equipment
    plays in a successful equestrian activity.
  • They will usually work more worth riders and
    owners than horses.

Extension Horse Specialist
  • These government/university employees work with
    horse owners and other professionals on issues of
    horse health and management.
  • They are typically either county extension agents
    or university specialists who give free advice.
  • A masters or doctorate degree is needed to be an
    extension specialist.

College Professor
  • College professors provide instruction to
    students for a career with an equine science
    major or minor.
  • A doctorate degree is required to be a professor.

Careers in Horse Shows and Rodeos
  • These careers often involve daily, direct contact
    with horses but require travel to different
    places on a show or rodeo circuit
  • Ringmaster
  • Rodeo Cowboy/Cowgirl

Horse Show Ringmaster
  • The ringmaster provides direction for the orderly
    flow of a horse show.
  • This job is often done on a part-time and
    volunteer basis.

Rodeo Cowboy / Cowgirl
  • These people must be extremely skilled in riding
  • They must be willing to travel.
  • No formal education is required but considerable
    practice is required to become successful.

Racehorse Industry Careers
  • Often these careers are a blend of primary
    careers and those jobs on show/rodeo circuits
    that may be in direct contact with horses on a
    ranch in addition to traveling on a race circuit.
  • Jockey/Exercise Rider
  • Racing Chemist
  • Handicapper

Jockey / Exercise Rider
  • Jockeys ride horses during races.
  • Exercise riders ride horses during training.
  • Jockeys must be extremely competitive.
  • These jobs are often secured through
  • Jockeys may be paid a percentage of the purse or
    a standard fee.

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Racing Chemist
  • Racing Chemists, or drug inspectors, take and
    analyze blood from horses to check for the use of
    drugs and steroids.
  • Racing Chemists must have high moral values
    (honesty) to insure test credibility.
  • These people are sometimes employed by states
    where horse racing is popular.
  • College degrees, often advanced degrees, are

  • Handicappers set odds on horses in a race.
  • They must understand the pair-mutual system.
  • They should be fair and ethical in handicapping
  • Degrees in statistics are often useful for these

Recreational Careers
  • These careers involve those who organize the
    direct sporting activities and trail rides for
  • Field Master
  • Direct hunts and horse activities for sport and
  • Must be responsible enough to ensure the safety
    of all participants.
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