Equine breeding managers oversee all aspects of the horse breeding process from insemination to birth. In addition to extensive knowledge of equine breeding techniques and equipment, breeding mangers are also well versed in watering and medicating foals. Breeding managers may also oversee ranch staff and other aspects of horse farm management, from stable maintenence to feeding and grooming.
According to May 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, animal breeders earn an average annual salary of $35,620 per year. This data is echoed by a 2010 report co-authored by veterinarian William P. Rives that stated that equine managers earn between $20,000 and $30,000 per year plus free board and meals. Experienced breeders in the occupation's highest earnings percentiles average $57,400 per year, according to BLS figures.
Industrywide Salary Comparison
The average equine breeder salary is on par with several other occupations that deal with animals on a full-time basis. For example, the average salary of animal trainers is $31,110 per year, according to BLS data, a rate that is 13 percent less than animal breeders. Animal caretakers earn a mean annual salary of $22,070 per year, according to BLS figures, 45 percent less than breeders on average.
Equine breeding managers work for several different industries. Those employed in the spectator sport industry breed horses for racing and other equestrian events such as show jumping. Other horse breeding managers work in scientific and veterinary fields to foster particular breeds of horse or to study their breeding habits, genealogical traits and genetic makeup.
Relevant Background and Skills
Aspiring equine breeding managers should posses formal education in equine husbandry and breeding techniques, ideally in the form of an an associate or bachelor's degree. The BLS reports that most if not all equine trainers spend the early part of their careers under the guidance of breeding veterans to acquire first-hand knowledge on breeding tactics, common problems and foal care basics. Patience, organization and a good rapport with horses are also valuable skills for those interested in pursuing the profession.