Molly McMule's Horse Tales - 1001 Stall Stories

When I Grow Up

“Uh oh! Here comes the dentist. Guess it’s time for us to have our teeth checked and cleaned again,” said Equinox.

“Sure looks like it…but it’s not the same dentist that usually comes. It’s a lady! How about that!” said Beau. “I realize that more women than men seem to be interested in horses, but we’re pretty big animals, and she seems like a purty small person.”

“Well, the fact that she’s petite doesn’t mean that she can’t compete,” rhymed Ginny in a sing-song voice. “Seems like the male population thinks they have the market cornered when it comes to animal health care.”

“More and more, we find that women are making careers out of animals, and that includes horses, not just dogs and cats,” Molly added. “Think about all the people that love horses, and all the different occupations that they have.”

Desi said, “Let’s see how may different jobs we can think of that kids might want to get when they get out of college!”

Always ready for a game, Equinox came up with, “A veterinarian.” And then the others joined in, each one trying to beat the other one with something more unusual than the first.

“Jockey!” “Mounted Police!” “Park Ranger!” “Trainer!” “Groom!” “Breeder!” One by one, they called out their answers.

It wasn’t long before the answers came slower, and they had to think a little harder to come up with something more unusual.

“How about being a Musculoskeletal Therapist?” said Ginny.

“Well, you said it, but what is it,” asked Desi.

“The Musculoskeletal Therapist uses her hands to gently touch her ‘patient’ to relax and massage the body. It’s a way for the therapist to help relieve pain. Sometimes it’s used along with other alternative therapies such as homeopathy and herbal remedies. It’s a rather new field, but becoming widely accepted.”

“Hmmmm! That’s a tough one to follow. But here’s a new word for you…Equine Perinatologist. Can you guess what that person might do?” asked Molly.

“Only a mare might be able to guess that,” said Ole. But I think it has something to do with premature foals. Is that right?”

“Good guess!” Molly explained that it’s a very specialized type of veterinary practice. “It’s like working with newborn foals who have serious problems and must be cared for in an intensive care unit. It takes years of training and dedication. You must have very good grades in college and take special courses to even be considered for a veterinary school. There are only about twenty-six schools in the United States and only about one in every five applicants are accepted. So, you can see, only the best need apply.”

“People need therapy too, and more and more you hear about riding as therapy for all kinds of physical and mental problems. Riding can benefit people who have had brain or spinal cord injuries, strokes, and other ailments. It can help the visually and hearing impaired and seems to be very good for emotionally disturbed children, and adults also. I think being a Therapeutic Riding worker might be a really rewarding profession,” Ginny suggested.

“Okay, now how about some other things, not in the medical field? Let’s try for some fun type jobs,” said Beau. “How about a Polo Coach, or a carriage service?”

“Yeah. It would be a lot of fun pulling a wagon for rides in the park, or taking kids for sleigh rides in the winter,” said Desi. “Or, how about taking tourists for horse and buggy rides…or perhaps picking up the bride and groom for a ride to and from the church?”

“And, for sure, the newlyweds would want pictures for their albums. A photographer is a good job, and they can take pictures of all kinds of events. Professional pictures need special equipment that most ordinary people don’t own,” said Ole.

“Special equipment makes me think of a tack shop. Someone needs to make sure that saddles are fitted to the horse and rider. We know how important that is, don't we? And there has to be a place to get all the other things that the rider needs,” Ginny said.

“How about an artist that specializes in painting horses? Kids love to draw horses, so I’m sure that someone could decide when they are grown up that they will do portraits of horses for their owners,” Molly added.

It was taking a little longer for them to think of other occupations, although there are many. But then someone said, “How about people that rescue horses? Someone has to take care of the neglected and abused animals. There are some organizations like the Large Animal Protection Society of Chester County, PA, that investigate reports of alleged cruelty or neglect and try to correct the situation.”

“Guess there are a hundred different ways to help animals and earn a living,” said Desi. “I need to go to the barn…. the dentist is calling!”

Molly says if you really love horses and animals, there are many ways to earn a living while doing something you love. One good book, especially for girls, is “They Dreamed of Horses, Careers for Horse Lovers,” by Kay Frydenborg. But there are many sources to explore if you think a career with horses is for you. Check the Internet and you will find many websites that can provide information as well as the library. Look for Veterinary or Equine Health Careers.