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Horse Careers

Learn all about the horse careers available to horse people and those desiring to work with the horse industry. The horse industry has such a variety of vocational options. It’s not just about being a barn manager, trainer, or riding instructor. Horse Illustrated and Young Rider explore careers as an equine business marketer, equine body worker, veterinarian, novelist, nutritionist, equine extension specialist, horse photographer, mounted police officer, horse rescue director, horse show judge, university equine faculty, course builder, equine lawyer, show manager, horse camp counselor, saddle fitter, owner of a horse boarding facility, and much more. Find your perfect horse vocation.

Wrangling a Summer Job: Working as a Summer Wrangler in Yellowstone National Park

For many young riders, having a summer job that involves working with horses every day seems like an impossible dream.…

3 months ago

2019 Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference Celebrates Award Winners; New Board of Directors Announced

Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) members, instructors and speakers gathered in Houghton, N.Y., October 24-27, to participate in the yearly CHA…

9 months ago

Clydesdale: King of Breeds

We see them during the Super Bowl in Budweiser commercials. They tour the country, making special appearances as a six-horse…

2 years ago

Horses and Heels

Eight years ago, after losing a job through no fault of her own­ (the Cleveland-based record label she worked for…

2 years ago

YR Career Files: Professional Groom

When you think of what it means to groom your horse, you probably picture a hoof pick, some brushes and…

2 years ago

YR Career Files: Equine Business Marketing

"I certainly dreamed of riding as a career—what girl doesn’t dream of going to the Olympics!” says Amy Cairy. Learn…

2 years ago

YR Career Files: Hands-on Horse Experience

A horse has more than 700 muscles in his body. These all have to work together to keep him sound…

2 years ago

Life at Vet U

Being in vet school is crazy enough without cameras following you around. Morgan Taylor was one of the vet students…

2 years ago

YR Career Files: Equestrian Novelist

“There’s a whole other world out there waiting to be discovered in books,” says Jess Burkhart. She’s the author of…

2 years ago

YR Career Files: Equine Nutritionist

The next time you open a bag of horse feed, examine what’s inside. There’s probably some corn, oats, vitamins and…

2 years ago