I love horses and I’ve spent a huge part of my life riding them. I just love the connection that the rider can have with the horse and how much they need to know each other to work together. However, I’d lie if I told you that I’ve never thought about becoming a trainer. I believe that the connection you have with the horse becomes even deeper when you train it, not to mention that you earn money doing what you love. But that’s the thing – training horses and making a living off that is not as easy as it seems. You have to spend a lot of money in order to earn money, and sometimes, it doesn’t pay off. Let’s take a look at how you can train horses for a living.
Treat it as a business
If you want this to be your only job, you need to approach it in a business-like manner. This means being smart when you make business choices and with a clear head deciding what is best for the business, aka you.
You cannot let your emotions govern the way you work, which is especially difficult when you work with animals. However, it is necessary. If you were a manager of a bank, you wouldn’t give out bank loans to anyone who walks into the building, would you? You would loan the money to people who can prove they can return it in a set amount of time. This is how businesses function if they don’t want to run into a risk of going bankrupt. Therefore, think of your job as a business, and don’t make choices you wouldn’t make if you were running any other type of business.
Your own facility
This is the tricky part. If you have to pay to go to a facility and train a horse there, you are basically paying money to work. If you want to maximize your profits, you need to first invest in your own facility that you can work in (and where other people can pay you to go there and train horses as well). If you’ve ever been to such a facility, I don’t have to tell you that you need a lot of open space. A LOT. Which basically means buying a huge land, which, obviously, not everyone can do.
You can also find a facility that is owned by someone else but doesn’t charge much for training sessions; however, these are not easy to find.
Be the best you can be
When it comes to training horses, you need to know the craft well – it is very easy to see when the trainer isn’t good enough because the horse won’t behave like it is supposed to. Make sure that you are good at what you do, get as much experience as you can and then you can cash in on your skills. Finding a good trainer can be tricky, so if you are good at what you do, you’ll find work easily.
Lastly, you need to market yourself so that people can find you. This is something you can do on your own, but it is also a good idea to hire a marketing agency to promote your business. You will spend money on marketing, but the return is worth it.