Barn Manager

Keep stabled horses fed, groomed, and comfortable.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$24,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Barn Managers do?

Though owning a horse is every kid’s dream, keeping one is a nightmare. One option for indulgent parents is a barn or stable. Like rented rooms, barns and stables provide horses with food, exercise, and care for a monthly fee. Barn Managers oversee the day-to-day operations of these horse hotels.

The job of a Barn Manager calls for a mix of both people and horse skills. You need strong communication skills so you can work with employees, letting them know what tasks they need to do, training new hires, or firing problematic workers. You also deal with customers, handling any problems that come up and working with them to understand any special needs their horses might have. A big responsibility of any Barn Manager is to gain the trust of your clients so they feel comfortable leaving their prized animals with you.

When not with people, you’re with horses, so you should enjoy spending a lot of time around these big animals. As a Manager, you do it all. This might mean ordering new bedding or feed, exercising horses, or training new colts.

You schedule vet checkups, fix fences, and arrange for manure to be cleaned out of stalls. You also keep close records of everything the horses do, and make sure to alert owners if anything seems off at all.

When not with people or horses, you deal with the business side of things. You create budgets, advertise the business, and order new supplies. You also stay up to date on barn insurance, and maintain farm equipment.

Should I be a Barn Manager?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Beef Cattle Operations Manager, Boom Master, Breeder Complex Manager, Brood Hatchery Manager, Brood Station Manager See More

    How to become a Barn Manager

    Most Barn Managers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9fafbh&chl=no+college+%2858%25%29|certificate+%285%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2829%25%29|master%27s+%281%25%29|doctorate+%287%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,58,58
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