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11 Ways How To Make Money With Horses

Right up front, if you are interested in horses because you want to make money, find another interest. The only ways people make money from horses themselves involve exploitation. Examples include racing, breeding, some forms of competition and horse slaughter. For the most part, horses are a costly hobby and interest. The expense is well worth it to people who truly love horses. All others need not apply.

Having said that, if you are a true horse lover who wants to make a bit of extra money for tack, feed, veterinary expenses, farrier fees and the like, there are quite a few paying tasks involving horses that you may be able to take on.

In this article, we share few simple ideas to help you make a little money with horses. Read on to learn more.

11 Ways How To Make Money With Horses

1. Offer your services as a tack cleaner

Cleaning and organizing saddles, bridles, blankets and other equipment is a task that is often thrown by the wayside. Offer to clean tack and help organize tack rooms for an hourly fee. Remember to charge a bit more if you must supply your own cleaning equipment and materials.

2. Provide a grooming service

Study up on methods of braiding and dressing manes and tails, clipping and general grooming. Many horse owners who show or compete with their horses would be happy to have a reliable groomer come and take these tasks off their hands. If you do well, you’ll have a long list of clients before you know it.

3. Provide barn, stall and equipment cleaning services

If you’re physically up to it, cleaning out trailers, barns and stalls is a job that’s always in need of doing.

4. Offer a manure cleanup and hauling service

Regular stable and paddock cleaning results in mountains of manure. Offer to haul it away, and if you have the space on your property, compost it and sell it to gardeners.

5. Provide pasture care and weed removal

It doesn’t take long for weeds to take over a pasture and crowd out the grass. This is especially true in pastures that are over-grazed. Add weed removal and reseeding services to your manure removal service for a complete horse property maintenance package.

6. Seek work as a general stable or farm hand

People who own horses for pleasure but also have busy, demanding work schedules may not have the time to feed and water on a regular schedule or turn their horses out for grazing every day. Just a few clients could keep you very busy on a regular basis. This service is also valuable for horse owners who want to be able to go on vacation without worrying about their horse’s care.

7. Exercise horses

If you are a skilled rider, you may be able to find work exercising horses for busy owners. Knowing how to lunge a horse also comes in handy for this sort of service.

8. Become a farrier

Hoof trimming and shoeing is a great way to make money with horses. This is not a task you can simply take up, though. It takes several years of training, experience and certification to become a qualified farrier. Once you’ve completed training, this is an interesting career that can earn you a living and save you money when it comes to your own horses’ hoof care. If you are interested in this career, visit the American Farriers Association for more information.

9. Training horses and teaching riding can be a bit risky

Even if you’ve had lots of experience and success in riding and in training, remember that there’s quite a bit of liability involved in training and in teaching riding. If you want to pursue these avenues of income earning with horses, it’s best to work under the auspices of an established stable or training facility that has set hiring policies and liability insurance in place. If you want to set out on your own, be sure to get proper training, certification and insurance.

10. Lease your own horse

Consider leasing out your horse for a couple days a week for a little bit of extra income. This could be 2-3 day a week lease, and you can also request that the other party be responsible for insurance and vets bills – it all depends on your lease agreement.

11. Write article about horses

Share your love of horses and your knowledge skills and abilities by writing online articles about horses. Some online websites will pay directly for well-written articles. You can also set up an account with an online content site that offers the opportunity to monetize your work. This is a great way to make a little money by sharing the same information you may already be sharing free of charge in horse-focused social media groups.

Make Money, Have Fun And Gain Experience

You won’t make a fortune helping horse owners with the many tasks surrounding horse ownership, but the money you make could certainly help you care for your own horses. If you haven’t got a horse, performing these types of tasks provides a great opportunity for gaining experience. It also offers a way of saving up to purchase your own horse.

Nicky Ellis
Nicky has been an editor at Horses & Foals since 2017. Horses have been in her life from her earliest memories, and she learned to ride a horse when she was 5. She is a mom of three who spends all her free time with her family and friends, her mare Joy, or just sipping her favorite cup of tea.


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