Horizon Structures Presents Series: Should You Make Your Horse Passion Your Job?


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by Nikki Alvin-Smith

 When it comes time for a career choice the common advice is that if you find work doing something you love that you’ll never work a day in your life. That works on paper, but it is not true for everyone. The reality is that working day in and day out in a job that entails doing something you love can actually result in burn out and the whole plan can seriously backfire.

If you have a true passion for horses and serious talent training and riding them then taking on the focus and single-minded pursuit of an equestrian athlete’s quest for success at advanced levels in sport may be the perfect career choice.

Perhaps you love the idea of nurturing horses and would like to operate an equine rescue or take up life as a medical professional in a veterinary or adjunct medical field.

But be aware that when you are working with horses on a daily basis, and dealing with all the complications and difficulties that can occur working with them and their owners, over time the passion that once ignited you to follow your love of horses can diminish to barely a spark.

Whether the job entails talking horses all day at the office working for a retailer or manufacturer of equine products or service provider, or is a hands-on horse position, burnout can creep up on you. For example, the veterinary community sees a high level of burnout in ambulatory care providers. Working on a daily basis in the horse world as a groom, competitor, barn operator or horse caregiver can be exhausting mentally and physically.

Horse lovers across the world fall into 2 major groups. The hobbyist and the professional. There is nothing wrong or second rate about choosing to stay an amateur rider or horse owner, with horses in the backyard or at livery where the horse barn is a place of respite from the toil of everyday working life.

The Horse Barn As A Retreat

The choice to make the horse barn a place of respite, to refresh and rejuvenate body and soul is often a lifestyle choice that makes perfect sense and can help maintain balance in both family and personal life journeys.

Consider the benefits of sharing time at the barn with friends and family as a place where caring for your horse(s) evokes a feeling of harmony and makes you happy rather than a pressure cooker of managing staff, other people’s horses, financial issues, and legal liability risks of running a horse business.

The ability to mitigate your own stress levels caused by the incessant demands of today’s world through interaction with horses on a low-pressure level can equate to sincere enjoyment and health benefits.

If you have a job doing something non-horsey, you may also find yourself better able to afford more time (and have more money to spend) working on your own horse and riding than being overwhelmed with the needs of clients and other people’s horses or working in a job ‘thinking’ horses all the time.

A modest barn in your backyard can serve as a true oasis for your horse passion.

Barns that are designed to address basic horse care needs, such as a simple two stall shed row with a supply room and overhang make a great choice for keeping a couple of horses right outside the back door. This 2-stall design offers both form, fit and function and the advantage of a small footprint.

The realization of a childhood dream to own horses and to keep them in your own backyard as a person in their ‘vintage’ years can make retirement a completely new fun chapter in your life. Special barn design ideas for the vintage rider/horse make life as straightforward and safe as possible.

Whatever style of horse barn you choose, allow your head rule your heart when it comes to barn selection and follow logic to make the best choice. Financing options, ‘to the penny’ quotes for the purchase, delivery and set up of the almost ‘instant’ magically appearing modular horse barn makes modern day horse owning a viable option for most horse lovers.

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 About Horizon Structures:  One horse or twenty, there’s one thing all horse owners have in common…the need to provide safe and secure shelter for their equine partners.  At Horizon Structures, we combine expert craftsmanship, top-of-the-line materials and smart “horse-friendly” design to create a full line of sheds and barns that any horse owner can feel confident is the right choice for their horses’ stabling needs.

All wood. Amish Made. Most of our buildings are shipped 100% pre-built and ready for same-day use. Larger barns are a modular construction and can be ready for your horses in less than a week. All our barn packages include everything you need –

Horizon Structures also sells chicken coops, equine hay feeders, greenhouses, dog kennels, 1 and 2 car garages, storage sheds and outdoor living structures and playsets.

Headquartered in South-Central Pennsylvania, Horizon Structures, LLC is owned by Dave Zook.  Dave was raised in the Amish tradition and grew up working in the family-owned shed business.  He started Horizon Structures in 2001 in response to an ever-increasing customer demand for high quality, affordable horse barns.

For additional information about the company or their product line, please visit their website at https://www.horizonstructures.com

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Horizon Structures LLC, Atglen, PA
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Tel: 607 434 4470
https://www.HorizonStructures.com

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