Due to the wide range of professions available within the horse industry, an equestrian can be anything from a horse trainer and manager to an equine sports massage therapist. The common denominator between all positions is the hands-on working environment where horse care and training are an integral part of the daily routine. Equestrians prepare horses for competition in a variety of disciplines, manage equine diet and nutrition in preparation for breeding, and work with students of all ages to improve equitation.
Each position in the horse industry is available in a variety of concentrations, or disciplines. Horse trainers, for example, may work in the fast paced three-day eventing discipline or choose the slower paced alternative of training horses for a lifetime of kid's lessons. Barn managers may choose the rigorous responsibilities of an elite dressage facility or a structured but less intense position at a therapeutic riding camp. The concentration chosen will depend on the horseman's area of expertise and preferred discipline.