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UPDATED: 5 November 2020
1. What is a horse products designer?
A Horse Products Designer is a person who designs, produces and sells products produced specifically to be used for horses.
They may design and produce the following:
- Tack (equipment or accessories equipped on horses, such as saddles and reins)
- Gear and clothing for the riders
- Cleaning/grooming products
- Carts, carriages and buggies
Horse shoes are discussed under a separate career – Farrier
2. What do they do?
Art & Design / Business / Farming & Livestock Management
Horse Products Designers normally focus on one or both of the two specific phases of producing accessories, designing (sketching), or manufacturing. Creative individuals can cover both where difficult manufacturing processes with heavy and expensive machines are not required. Large companies normally cover both of the designing and manufacturing, or outsource the manufacturing to a partner company.
Large companies also produce a much wider array of accessories, and will hire creative designers to join their team. Successful individuals normally design specific lines of items (such as saddles) for specific horses that fit them physically, or according to the designer’s artistic flair.
When you do decide to work with specific horses, good knowledge and understanding of it’s purpose and behaviour is extremely important when you are designing accessories.
- Research on specific horse to understand what it needs
- Sketching rough designs
- Brainstorming ideas
- Producing products
- Testing manufactured products
- Communication with manufacturers, distributors and sales teams
Where they work:
In most cases the designer will work in a private studio or workshop, or even in an office setup as part of a larger design company.
Those working for existing companies can earn around US55,000 per year. Owning your own business could mean less, but it could also lead to a very successful income.
Private product producers normally have their own businesses. Those that work for existing companies may start as apprentices, but can be promoted to lead designers/producers.
The most difficult part of this career is the long hours. If you are starting your own line of accessories, you will find that having your own business can be strenuous with a lot of planning, marketing and related stress. But it is ALWAYS well worth the effort!
Future Growth and Possibilities:
The market is growing really good, at almost 10% per year.
3. Which Skills are required?
The skills required for a career as a horse products designer can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Basic design techniques
- Basic understanding of tools used
- Basic customer service skills
- Good health and physical fitness
- Basic computer literacy
4. Which Subjects must I have at School?
These subjects are the ones recognized around the world. The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!
5. What will I need to Study?
Generally, Horse Products Designers must have at least a minimum of a high school diploma when starting your own business. Designing horse products is far more reliant on apprenticeship, but some companies might require a minimum of a diploma and extensive design experience to be employed.
Most accessories designers do take short courses to sharped their create skills. This might also include design software courses for those that use the PC to finalize their designs.
In addition to creativity and a passion for horses, other skills necessary to make it in the manufacturing business include marketing and advertising skills, so you can find clients, business savvy so you can keep your business afloat, good managerial skills if you have employees working under you, and excellent bookkeeping/accounting skills to keep track of the money you’ll be making.
The duration of short courses differ, but can range from a few days to a few weeks.
Possible Preparation Path(s):
What is the general preparation path(s) to this career?
Possible Combined Career Paths:
It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.
Stepping Stone Career:
Being an accessories maker can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).
You can begin as an apprentice designer after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.
Some of the possible paths:
Training and apprenticeship:
Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need will be acquired through on-the-job training. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.
If you do want to work for a business, entry level positions (or junior positions) require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.
Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior person or expert. The more hands on careers, such as animal trainers might require apprenticeship.
Join the Horse Products Designers Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!
Average level of education for people entering the career:
6. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations
Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.
Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.
Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in STEP 8.
7. Where can I study further?
All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.
See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards animal care and training.
8. Join the OZT community
Join us as a special member and learn more about becoming a Horse Products Designers.
Members of the Platform have special access to:
- Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
- Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
- Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
- Make friends around the world and share knowledge
- Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!
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