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Make Your Passion a Profession: How a Career in Horses is Within Reach

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

Are you passionate about horses and looking for a rewarding career? Teaching riding lessons can be both fulfilling and profitable. After working as a horse trainer for years, I realized that the wear and tear on my body was not sustainable. While I loved working with horses and helping them reach their full potential, the physical demands of the job eventually their toll.


This is where teaching riding lessons can be a great alternative career path for those who want to stay involved in the horse industry but are looking for a less physically demanding role. As a riding instructor, you can still share your knowledge and passion for horses with others, but without the same physical strain on your body.


Teaching riding lessons is a great opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, from beginners who are just starting out to advanced riders who want to refine their skills. By tailoring your instruction to each rider's individual needs, you can help them reach their goals and develop their confidence and riding abilities.


Another benefit of teaching riding lessons is the flexibility it offers. As a riding instructor, you can set your own schedule and choose to work part-time or full-time depending on your availability and preferences. This can be particularly helpful for those who have other commitments, such as family or another job. On the Practical Riding Instructor Podcast (found wherever you listen to podcasts, we recommend the Apple Podcast or Spotify Apps) we have lined out how a boarding barn owner with a beginner horse could make enough on weeknights or a weekend day to cover their mortgage.


One of the biggest advantages of teaching riding lessons is that there are many more people interested in learning about horses than there are horse owners. This means that there is a significant market for riding lessons, particularly for beginners who are just starting out. If beginner riders are your focus you could easily network with more advanced trainers in your area to send each-other referrals.


Starting a riding lesson business can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. You can start small with just one beginner safe horse and gradually expand as your business grows. As you gain more experience and knowledge, you can also offer more advanced lessons and training services. If you're interested in pursuing a career as a riding instructor or running a successful riding school, there is a lot to learn. That's why our membership community is dedicated to providing comprehensive guidance and resources to help you every step of the way.



In conclusion, teaching riding lessons can be a fulfilling and profitable career for those passionate about horses and teaching. With dedication, hard work, and ongoing education, you can turn your love of horses into a successful career.

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