Is my career choice a good decision?
I'm only a freshman in high school, so I am able to change my decision, but I think this is probably what I want to do. I just wanted some more peoples' opinions about it, whether I should minor in something else as a backup plan or something.
So, my plan is to major in an equine degree in college, probably Equine Studies unless there is a better one offered. After college, I really want to have my own farm for people to board their horses and be a horse trainer and a riding instructor. Do you think I'll be making enough to have a good and comfortable life? I don't know if I want to have kids yet, and if I do I'll probably only want one or two, so do you think I'd be able to provide for them (if they exist) and myself, plus a SO? Also, how long do you think it would take to build that business after college? I would have to buy the land/house/barn(s), make sure fencing was good, and that would be a lot of money alone. I also don't know where I would want to live, so any ideas of where would be the most beneficial/cost efficient/best overall would be great.
I've always wanted to work with horses, in Kindergarten when they ask you what you want to be, I said a Cowgirl. I showed and rode for a few years, but it was expensive and the horses I used weren't great (one was too old and the other went lame), so I've had to stop, and since then it's been my goal to make a life with horses. I also wanted to be a teacher for a while. I think this is what I really want to do. Are there any other little jobs I could do to make extra money if I need? Preferably including horses or teaching? Sorry this is so long, but any answers would be amazing!
If you're not currently a multi-millionaire, then doing a major in Equine Studies may not be the wisest move to make. There's not very many jobs for Equine Studies majors (unless you already own a large farm) and you'd probably be stuck working on someone else's farm for a low income. Horses are a financial investment like any other business, and you need lots of capital in order to have a successful horse farm. Capital (unless you are already a multi-millionaire) comes from savings, which comes from having a high-earning job, which comes from going into a high-earning major.
Instead, what if you do a lucrative major (STEM, medicine, law, econ .etc.) and then invest your savings into a horse farm? You'll make a lot more money from your job than if you did Equine Studies, and can also create a much larger farm due to your influx of capital. Depending on how much money you save up, you can buy dozens of acres of land (in a semi-rural area) and own dozens of horses. You can also hire all the labor you need, and pay for any upkeep you need. Become wealthy from your high-earning job, and it will be easy to have a large horse farm :)
You have received some really great advice to your question already! I would like to add a an additional comment.
First, I want to say how important is to be passionate about the career you choose! It's great that you know what you are passionate and that you are exploring career paths that will allow you earn income and provide while working your passion.
As mentioned previously, I would suggest volunteering and reaching out to others who are currently doing this and to ask for additional advice - I'm sure they would be open to being a mentor and giving you advice!
Best of luck to you!