Business or Hobby?

Are you involved with horses in the capacity of a business or hobby? Please explain in the comments below!


Total votes cast: 552

Comments & Write-in Answers

own/manager a boarding stable

3/13/2017 8:36:08 PM

best most costly hobby ever :)

3/13/2017 7:29:41 PM

Would have loved for it to be a business, but wasn't in the cards. :-(

3/13/2017 7:10:39 PM

I have 1 horse and she is used for trail riding

3/13/2017 6:32:41 PM

Hobby but starting to give riding lessons for a fee.

3/13/2017 5:12:52 PM

i love horses so much

3/13/2017 3:15:25 PM

Equine Sports Massage Therapy

3/13/2017 3:03:28 PM

Training and showing

3/13/2017 10:43:27 AM

I love horses I don't own one but I want one b/c their fun to ride and take care of

3/13/2017 10:39:59 AM

EAL-EAP facilitator and natural horsemanship instructor

3/13/2017 9:52:40 AM

breeding and sales

3/13/2017 7:58:37 AM

Rescue horses

3/13/2017 1:36:08 AM

Although it's nice to sell a foal now and then...

3/13/2017 1:12:56 AM

Pets,miniatures. Riding, Missouri Fox Trotter

3/12/2017 9:39:37 PM

maintain retired horses

3/12/2017 9:01:40 PM

Educating people on the first aid care of injured and sick horses.i am an emergency equine first aid

3/12/2017 7:28:22 PM

I have horses as a hobby.

3/12/2017 7:09:07 PM


3/12/2017 6:33:06 PM

im trying to find the money to get into it

3/12/2017 5:58:52 PM

i work as a groom on a competition yard on a stud

3/12/2017 5:20:28 PM

horses are more like my pets

3/12/2017 4:50:33 PM

Breeding quarter horses

3/12/2017 3:36:33 PM

I work as a volunteer at a 501c3 NPO in horse rescue and I have four horses of my own as a hobby

3/12/2017 3:25:02 PM

All aspects-buy, sell, board, train, teach, show, etc.

3/12/2017 2:48:25 PM

love horses

3/12/2017 1:37:26 PM

sometimes both when revenue flows are not as anticipated

3/12/2017 8:25:36 AM

I am retired and enjoying my horses

3/12/2017 7:58:22 AM

standardbred racing

3/12/2017 1:23:29 AM

Impact Flashing Leg wraps

3/11/2017 10:32:55 PM

working ranch horse

3/11/2017 7:49:34 PM

Volunteer, therapeutic riding program.

3/11/2017 7:48:26 PM

I'm addicted to horses, but not a good rider and no horseman.

3/11/2017 6:37:46 PM

equine business marketing

3/11/2017 12:36:15 PM

If by hobby you mean my therapist and me time. My horse keeps me sane in a world gone mad.

3/11/2017 11:34:07 AM

I help horses at a therapeutic riding center. I help trim their feet, train them do Masterson Method

3/11/2017 11:23:41 AM


3/11/2017 10:04:11 AM

Are pasture ornaments and give me my daily therapy

3/11/2017 9:47:08 AM

Equine photography and horse care services

3/11/2017 8:07:16 AM

Full time nutritionist, veterinarian, muscle worker and acupuncturist.

3/11/2017 1:41:18 AM

It's a life , more than a business

3/10/2017 7:39:00 PM

We raise and show working American Quarter Horses

3/10/2017 4:48:37 PM

I own 2 Tennessee walking horses. They are used for pleasure. My daughter & I trail ride them

3/10/2017 11:34:00 AM


3/10/2017 9:37:10 AM

I have one horse, and I don't even ride her

3/10/2017 9:31:20 AM

Own a boarding and training facility in Kansas!

3/10/2017 9:25:39 AM

Ride for pleasure, trail riding and camping with my horse.

3/10/2017 9:00:55 AM

Pets, and occasional beasts-of-burden :-)

3/10/2017 8:29:59 AM

More like 4-legged kids with no babysitter issues.

3/10/2017 7:24:29 AM

Both, really. Pleasure ride and Sheriff Posse

3/9/2017 11:59:39 PM

Stable manager with hopes to become a trainer/instructor

3/9/2017 11:17:07 PM


3/9/2017 8:21:02 PM

I occasionally make a little money, but its really not a business.

3/9/2017 5:09:28 PM

My horses are coaches in my Equine Gestalt Coaching business

3/9/2017 4:40:15 PM

Both! I'm a farrier plus I ride for pleasure

3/9/2017 4:36:03 PM

Came into employment in the horse industry (EasyCare) as a result of it being a life-long hobby.

3/9/2017 4:32:15 PM


3/9/2017 4:28:02 PM

race horses

3/9/2017 10:44:46 AM

We have 3 ~ Our youngest one that we ride and two older, beautiful lawn ornaments!

3/9/2017 8:02:51 AM

Equine Wellness

3/9/2017 3:05:10 AM

My 2 are my full time hobby and expensive ones at that!

3/9/2017 1:17:15 AM

Love to ride mountainous trails!

3/9/2017 1:16:40 AM

Had a general horse care business at one time, but now just enjoy my own horses.

3/9/2017 12:49:15 AM

Back yard lovers...and therapists!

3/9/2017 12:00:48 AM

breeding farm

3/8/2017 11:42:32 PM

Trail riding, get the feeling of complete happiness.

3/8/2017 10:40:42 PM

Always a hobby .... my money pit, but worth it all!

3/8/2017 8:57:22 PM

PATH certified Therapeutic riding instructor

3/8/2017 8:51:39 PM

Both. I own horses and riding is my hobby but I'm also a barefoot trimmer and vet tech

3/8/2017 8:04:40 PM

I have two horses that I right for pleasure in the beautiful remote area of the Big Bend in Texas.

3/8/2017 7:51:25 PM

i have had horsese for several years

3/8/2017 7:24:28 PM

horse therapy

3/8/2017 6:53:50 PM

I have a six stall barn with two of own and I board 4 horses.

3/8/2017 5:51:16 PM

I am an authorized DAC Vitamin and Mineral Supplement dealer in Southern California.

3/8/2017 5:34:21 PM


3/8/2017 5:13:38 PM

Best Hobby there is!

3/8/2017 4:55:33 PM

Thoroughbred racehorse trainer

3/8/2017 4:46:33 PM

Hobby doesn't even begin to describe it. It's a lifestyle. But not, for me, a business.

3/8/2017 4:39:19 PM

Supplement business CEO

3/8/2017 4:27:24 PM

Breed sport horses as eventing & H/J prospects

3/8/2017 3:39:42 PM

We own a boarding stable and offer training and lesson. I am also in vet school studying equine med!

3/8/2017 2:04:26 PM

I used to own a horse motel in CA for 11 years before moving to KS. Decided to enjoy retirement.

3/8/2017 1:58:55 PM

There should be a choice for both. I train and give riding instruction, but also keep my own horses

3/8/2017 12:30:55 PM

They are the air I breathe. Is breathing considered a business or a hobby?

3/8/2017 11:41:50 AM

Business in season. Ride for please both in and off season

3/8/2017 11:33:39 AM

I'm a Groom for Dressage Barn & also a 'Critter Sitter'

3/8/2017 11:30:12 AM

Although I do make some freelance income related to horses.

3/8/2017 11:08:47 AM

Both, My business is an equine reference lab. I also own several horses that I trail ride.

3/8/2017 10:50:23 AM

Equine Bio Security and First Aid Instruction

3/8/2017 10:49:35 AM

Boarding and lessons

3/8/2017 10:15:20 AM

I am blessed to have HNR horse rescue located on my property in Michigan.

3/8/2017 10:12:09 AM

Technical Large ANimal Emergency Rescue

3/8/2017 10:07:11 AM

I have horses to ride and compete on, but I do not earn any income with them.

3/8/2017 10:02:49 AM

Have a retired TB and also QH for pleasure riding.

3/8/2017 9:49:51 AM

Hobby, or should I say addiction! Just two mind you.

3/8/2017 9:10:01 AM

Care for 9 horses daily as a hobby but work off board each day for 2 to 10 hrs depending on day.

3/8/2017 9:01:50 AM

Time spent out on the trail,in the barn and in the pasture with my two TWH is major stress relief!

3/8/2017 8:28:33 AM

equine chiropractor

3/8/2017 7:51:50 AM

ponies are my hobby fixing, making horse related equipment is my business

3/8/2017 4:09:52 AM

Running a boarding stable with 7 horses

3/7/2017 11:53:23 PM

I bought a farm for the love of my horse and 'adopted' 2 horses+ 1 Llama

3/7/2017 10:00:36 PM

I look after horses at their own homes for clients who travel or work away

3/7/2017 9:55:15 PM

Hobby.......the horses are what I spend my income on!

3/7/2017 9:10:47 PM


3/7/2017 8:06:17 PM

my own pleasure

3/7/2017 7:25:11 PM

My horse is not just a hobby--he is my post-retirement reason for getting up everyday!

3/7/2017 7:13:16 PM

It's more of a lifestyle, really.

3/7/2017 5:28:06 PM

We have a commercial barn on our farm - we aren't involved. Strictly hobby for us.

3/7/2017 5:06:29 PM

Hobby. In a business, too many personalities to deal with-not for me.

3/7/2017 5:05:31 PM

Boarding Facility

3/7/2017 4:43:13 PM

Have my horse at home now and ride for pleasure. No longer show.

3/7/2017 3:05:35 PM

just ride for fun

3/7/2017 1:37:32 PM

Offer Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies to Children with special needs & Military Vets

3/7/2017 1:13:33 PM

An expensive, time consuming hobby of 5 horses-wouldn't have it any other way!

3/7/2017 12:56:38 PM

Barn/Broodmare Mngr of nearly 20 yrs. I find it more fulfilling to work w/horses than own one.

3/7/2017 12:15:04 PM

'Hobby' doesnt describe Passion, does it?

3/7/2017 12:09:47 PM

I haven't figured out how to get rent out of them, yet!

3/7/2017 11:15:19 AM

We used to have a breeding & training operation, but now it's primarily hobby.

3/7/2017 11:13:58 AM


3/7/2017 10:30:57 AM

I trail ride

3/7/2017 10:13:02 AM

Pleasure riding and training

3/7/2017 10:06:53 AM


3/7/2017 10:04:07 AM

No business, but volunteer for Ohio Horseman's Council

3/7/2017 5:17:28 AM

Rehab and therapy

3/7/2017 4:52:43 AM

I just love having my 2 Arabians to hang out with,brush,ride and listen to them munching on hay.

3/7/2017 1:22:14 AM