Post # 1
So I have been looking for a new equine job since September. I am not being picky about what I apply for, and don’t HAVE to be in the same field (breeding.) I would be fine working with a breed organization or a show organization or some sort of boarding facility or nutritionist. But I am absolutely out of ideas of where to look for jobs, I just can’t find anywhere to even apply to!! I haven’t let my employer know I want to leave yet so it’s tricky trying to use my connections to look for openings. I don’t know where else to go to find something, any ideas? :/
Post # 3
I would look at race tracks, completions, shows, organizations. Even just calling around. I’ve had several jobs in the field but I’ve stumbled into them all but I know there are places. You also might try reaching out to breeders (such as KU), local breeders, ferriers, equine vets, and feed suppliers. Most of that business that I have dealt with has been word of mouth.
Post # 4
@Equine_Breeder: Come to Kentucky! 🙂
Post # 5
What’s your experience/training? I have a friend who’s working as a groom/excercise rider for a grand prix jumper in the states, but she obviously has a pretty high level of riding experience.
Are you a certified instructor? Maybe you could find a niche in your area to teach? For example, I do equestrian vaulting and in our area (western Canada) there are only a few clubs, so they get tons of students. There are some good vaulters in Texas (Gabe Aniello, the Geislers, etc) but I’m not sure exactly where they are. If you wanted any info on vaulting, check out http://www.americanvaulting.org
The nice thing about vaulting is you only need a couple of horses for a club, and just about any horse can do walk, which is where you’d start out…that’s all sort of assuming you would be interesting in teaching/having or being responsible for horses/etc.
I think a lot of it is word of mouth, though–talk to the tack and feed stores, as I’m sure you know, those guys know EVERYTHING about everybody and their horse!
Do you have any local online horse networks? Or even friends at other show barns that might know someone who knows someone? Can you talk to your vet? They should know the breeding world pretty well…
Post # 6
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I found my current position on yardandgroom.com! You can post a resume as well as personally contact potential employers. You could also try contacting nearby schools or private farms; even if they don’t have something available, they may know of someone with an open position! Good luck =)
Post # 7
Without knowing your specific skill set and/or interests, it’s kind of hard to help. Even though they are both horse related jobs, mucking stalls is totally different from working in marketing for a breed org. I second yard and groom for barn and riding jobs. Also look at area organization classifieds and even craigslist. However, at the end of the day you should have a more clear idea of what kind of job you’d like to get beyond just relating to horses somehow.
Post # 8
Word of mouth is so important in the horse industry. I don’t think I ever applied for a job. I just put feelers out with people I knew. I even had a boss find me a job at another farm once. It was a small place (20 client horses and 5 of our own) and it got to a point where it just wasn’t enough for me. We talked about it and she called up the owners at a much bigger farm nearby and basically got me a job. I helped her out until she found a new girl and I still ride horses for her occasionally. I eventually got out of the industry because it was too political for me, I was a hard worker but not a great networker so it was hard for me to get anywhere. I hope you can find something. Do you have any friends who could help you out with asking about openings but not let it slip that you’re the one looking? I think that would be your best bet.
Post # 9
I found my current job through yardandgroom, but due to my husbands job we have to stay within an hr of his work And it’s been more of a national site. I never thought of calling my farrier, that’s a great idea! Our trainers are very close with my boss and would tell her so I can’t use them. But I have office and breeding experience, not training so thata okay. I will see if our old farrier could help too!
Post # 10
I worked for a couple years as an assistant trainer at a show barn. I had been riding with my trainer for a while and she knew I was capable of a lot of things other riders weren’t. It was an A Circuit jumper barn so everyone knew how to ride, but most didn’t know much about their horses or how to care for them. So she had me helping her out around the barn in exchange for riding her fancy import horses. Eventually it got to the point that she was very reliant me and I was officially offered a job. I taught lessons, rode training horses, assisted with sales, and helped out at shows. It was a great gig but I think the only reason I got that job was because my trainer knew me and knew what I was capable of. At shows, I was well known enough that I would have other trainers approach me about possibly working for them, but working with horses is a tough and I knew my heart wasn’t in it for the long haul.
The whole point of this long winded story is, do you have anyone that can vouch for you? Out where I am (SF Bay Area) I think there is definitely a need for people doing a similar job to what I was doing. I would have never gotten that job or had trainers approach me, based off my riding record. It was because I was there constantly, working hard that doors starting opening for me. Well that, and that fact I am an expert mane puller 😉
Post # 11
I work very closely with our vet so he knows I’m educated and a hard worker. However when I asked him he Wasn’t much help and didn’t know of anyone that was hiring.