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I am a certified riding instructor with over 30 years teaching experience.
Worked for many barns, at racetracks, academic schools (I ran the riding
programs), taught a college equestrian club, and more. Over the years I
worked my way up to my own facility and a full-time job there primarily
instructing. I took care of the farm and animals alone too, as I couldn't
I too never lived in decent housing, never had much money - it nearly all
went back into the farm and business so I could continue in the work I
loved. I'm not complaining, it was a choice I made. I made enough to support
my half of household expences and allow me to compete in endurance. I had
my own facility for 13 years.
There was one catch: I was married, the farm was in both our names, and
although I made a small profit in my business, I could not afford the
mortgage alone. It became necessary for me to divorce, and my husband
refused to let me buy him out (I hoped a house-mate would enable me to
afford the payments). I even had the new mortgage approval. Unfortunately
my husband's vindictiveness led him to forego payments, leading to
foreclosure, leading to affecting MY credit, and to make a long story
shorter, I lost the farm, and with it my source of income. I even had to
buy his "half" of my business to prevent all my horses being sold to the
killers (who lived down the road from me and made a deal with my husband).
All this info. is to caution any one who's looking at making a living with
horses that even if you do manage to beat the odds and support yourself
doing something you love and are good at, you are incredibly vulnerable to
it all being taken away - often for the precise reason that you do care
about the animals welfare and behaving ethically.
I feel very sad to say unless you have enough independent means, it would be
much safer to have a non-horse job for primary financial support. Otherwise
a lifetime of work and investment can incredibly easily disappear, which is
depressing, to say the least!
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