Complete list of Jobs that involve horses (almost)

“I am in love with horses and your blogs. Unfortunately I live in the city with no access to horses. I am sixteen and curious if you could give me a few possible jobs that involve horses, outside of vet and farrier.” Thanks Paula S.

I remember when I was a kid the only jobs I could think of that involved horses were vet, farrier and jockey. For some reason I over looked some jobs that were right in front of me, for example, magazine writer. I read a horse magazine but didn’t really think about all the job opportunities that were offered inside of that: writer, photographer, editor, etc.

The list will be really, really long when you really think about it. So long in fact that the shorter way to find the answer may be to start with some of your other strengths and then see how they could intersect with horses. If you love long car trips, you could be a horse hauler. If you love kids, you could specialize in beginners camps. If you like braiding hair or grooming, you could become a groom on the hunter circuit. If you have a background in something like music ask yourself how that could intersect with horses.

Full time job grooming horses

This website has jobs listed for grooms.











I can start a list here and then people can add comments with more job ideas. I will try to remember to update the list:

  1. Barn Manager
  2. Horse Trainer
  3. Stable Hand
  4. VetTech
  5. Farrier
  6. Therapeutic Riding Instructor
  7. Horse Sitter
  8. Horse motel owner
  9. Assistant Trainer
  10. Riding Instructor-many levels, basic to Olympic
  11. Clinician
  12. Groom
  13. Stall Cleaner
  14. College Professor
  15. Stunt Rider or Double
  16. Circus Performer
  17. Web Designer
  18. Social Media
  19. Graphic Designer
  20. Mounted Police
  21. Writer
  22. Horse Artist
  23. Horse photographer
  24. Show photographer
  25. Magazine photographer
  26. Movie producer
  27. Screen writer
  28. Professional Rider
  29. Horse Show Manager
  30. Judge-many levels from Open show to breed specific
  31. Ring Steward
  32. Course Designer-trail, jumping, etc
  33. Jump Designer
  34. Mounted Guide-work for someone or own your own
  35. Design Horse Communities
  36. Dude Ranch Hand-work your way up to manager
  37. Dude Ranch Manager-work your way up to owner
  38. Dude Ranch Owner
  39. Horse Camp Owner
  40. Horse Camp Counselor
  41. Carriage Driver-weddings, events, downtown
  42. Rodeo Crew
  43. Rodeo Promotor
  44. Rodeo Clown
  45. Rodeo Pick Up Rider
  46. Jockey
  47. Racehorse Trainer
  48. Horse Expo Manager
  49. Exercise Rider
  50. Outrider at track
  51. Breeder
  52. Breeding Manager
  53. Broodmare Manger
  54. Stallion Manager
  55. Foaling Attendant
  56. Breeding Technician
  57. Massage Therapist
  58. Rehabilitation
  59. Equine Dentist
  60. Nutrition Specialist
  61. Feed Store Owner
  62. Feed Sales Rep
  63. Custom Leather Work
  64. Silver smith
  65. Inventor
  66. Clothing designer
  67. Gun smith (mounted shooting)
  68. Saddle maker
  69. Bit maker
  70. Announcer
  71. Auctioneer

What can you add to this list?




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  4. Sevgi D.S. on November 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Equine assisted coach, equine facilitated learning specialist, equine assisted psychotherapist… And similar titles in the equine assisted learning, growth and therapy field.

  5. Sunny on November 15, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Custom jewelry designer; Mane & Tail braiding specialist;

    • Paula S. on November 17, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      How much does a mane and tail braiding specialist make? It was a career my former teacher suggested.

  6. Kelsey xman on November 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Ribbon designer.
    I dream to be a rehabilitation worker. Specializing in ottb

  7. Alexandria on November 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Equine chiropractor!
    I will start college next fall, and I plan on attending vet school once I’ve completed my undergraduate studies, and going on to animal chiropractic school after that (8.5 years of school!)

  8. Stacie Lynch on November 15, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Breed Association positions, Breed Secretary, registration, etc.

  9. Kristi Brown on November 15, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Handler for pony rides. Training miniature horses to become guide horses, and other therapy types (physical, speech, behavioral and occupational). We’ve provided some of the therapies listed, but have the best results working with children with autism. Also, rescue services for horses (fundraiser, grant writer, program manager, safety manager, lobbying for laws to protect horses). The list is far reaching. There are many established jobs/careers, but use your imagination. Try to find things your good at, or passionate about, and then decide what direction you want to go. You can’t go wrong with passion and hard work. Good luck!

  10. Pam on November 15, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Occupational or Physical therapist that uses hippotherapy as a treatment modality!

  11. Kayla on November 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I would love to do any of these jobs, but after watching so many good horse people like you communicate with their horses, I’ve fallen in love with the idea of training. I want to be a trainer when I grow up, I’m only 17. I don’t go to a barn or take too many lessons, I lease a family friends horse on their property. He’s still green and I’m still learning. I used to end up more on the ground instead of in the saddle, but after watching your approach, we’ve improved. So I just have one question, to what extent are u allowed to do trial and error with a horse just starting out and what’s the best way to listen to your horse (according to you)?

  12. Dawn on November 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Hunting Outfitter, Wrangler, Transporter for hunting.

  13. Amanda on November 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Freestyle choreographer 🙂

  14. Amanda on November 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Equine chiropractor

  15. Joasia Carson on November 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Oh Stacy!  You are my heroine!  I’m a teacher, so are you.   Thank you for opening the door of inspiration and ideas for Paula S. and all the others seeking to “live their bliss”.Jmt Carson  🙂  

  16. darlaflack1 on November 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    If you have no access to horses to ride you could perhaps volunteer at a therapeutic center to get your feet wet. Stacy has given so many options, but you have to get some hands on experience I think. Go to horse shows, pony club lessons, and hopefully be able to actually get on a horse to get that experience. You are young, so go hunting for the many opportunities that exist. The racetrack is a great place to learn a Ton, Quickly. Good luck girl!!

  17. Janette on November 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Ps, my sister travels the world as a horse photographer. She has had a media pass to four Olympics now, thanks to her dedication and passion for horses.

    • calli on July 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      that sounds like a fun job but does she have to drive or does someone else drives

  18. Janette on November 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I work as a barrier attendant at the race track. There are too many jobs at the race track to name them all. A passion for horses is the only qualification you need to get a start at our local race, but it can lead to a full time occupation. Even the lady that collects a urine sample from the winning horses is just there so she gets contact with horses.

  19. Misty on November 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Event promoter, promoting shows, roppings and other horse related events

  20. Paula S. on November 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Wow. Thank you Stacy so much for answering,and with such a list. I have decided I want to be DVM that specializes in horses and part times as a riding instructor and perhaps horse trainer. I would love to attend Findlay University,but tuition is high and I am one of seven. So MSU will probably be where I go unless I can get scholarships and financial aid. My grandmother has been trying to discourage me from going to vet school. My goal is to graduate a DVM and certified riding instructor,get 250+ acres of land and operate a dude ranch/boarding and teaching center. You are such an inspiration. Thank you again so much for answering my question.

  21. Kate on November 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    That’s quite a list!! 😀 I want to go to college to be a Vet Tech. It’s getting close. 🙂

    Can I make a suggestion for another article? I’d like for you to watch this video and then share what you think about it. Thanks.

    • Kate on November 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Sorry, I put in the wrong video. Hopefully this one is the correct one.

      • Kate on November 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm

        -_- Again, sorry 🙂

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