How to Find Equine Jobs

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There are many equine job openings out there, but it can often feel like quite a challenge to find them. After determining what type of equine job you are interested in pursuing, you must do your best to uncover both readily available job postings (such as those posted publicly on websites or in print) as well as hidden job opportunities that might only be discovered by networking and word of mouth.

Here are some great sources for finding equine jobs.

Utilize Equine Job Search Sites

There are many online resources available for equine job seekers. There are a number of niche websites dedicated to equine job searches (including major entities like Equistaff, Yard & Groom, and HorseJobs). You also may find positions on the general job search sites like CareerBuilder, Indeed, and Monster.

Make the Most of Internships

Completing an equine internship puts you in direct contact with industry professionals, and you may even be rewarded with a permanent job placement at a farm after successfully completing an internship at their location. Many equine internship groups also provide job search assistance for their graduates, posting job listings via email or establishing an alumni association (the Kentucky Equine Management Internship is one organization that is particularly noted for such services).

Consult Veterinarians and Farriers

Equine veterinarians and farriers have daily contact with many farms and equine facilities, and they often have advance notice when positions will soon become available on the farms that they service. They also may be willing to put the word out to such facilities that there is a qualified person available for hire.

Additionally, equine veterinarians may also be hiring their own veterinary technicians and assistants to work in the clinic or ride along on rounds.

Visit Tack Shops

Tack shops are places where horse people tend to congregate, and many shops feature a bulletin board where local jobs are posted and where job seekers can post their own notices of availability. The tack shop owner may also know of additional leads or contacts in the area that might be worth pursuing, so be sure to chat with them when you stop in.

Leverage College or University Connections

Your college or university may have the inside track on some upcoming jobs, so don’t forget to check for any job postings that come in directly to your school from employers. Additionally, professors are often asked by employers if they have any students that they would recommend for specific positions. Be sure to let your professors (current and former) know that you are looking for a job and supply them with a current copy of your resume.

Visit Show Grounds and Racetracks

Open positions may be advertised on bulletin boards or in printed programs at horse shows. Job postings for racetrack positions may be posted in the track kitchen or racing office.

As you attend any equine event be sure to keep an eye out for places where jobs might be advertised.

Check Magazine and Newspaper Ads

Industry magazines (particularly those concerned with showing and racing) often have job postings on their websites and in the classified section located at the back of the publication. Your local newspaper can be another good source of available openings.

Do Some Face to Face Networking

Face to face networking may be the most important thing you can do to find an equine job opening. Don’t be afraid to walk around at equine events and strike up conversations with other horse professionals. Let them know you are looking for leads on potential jobs, give them a very brief “elevator speech” that describes your key skills and experience, and ask them if they know of anyone you should talk to.

If you are lucky, they might even provide a direct introduction to a potential employer.