School building are built for functionality and efficiency, but they also often have an unrealised beauty to them.
Every town needs a school, and as towns grow, old schools are left and sometimes fall into disrepair.
But these optimists have claimed some fascinating and beautiful old school and turned them into their homes. Take a look below.
1. School House in country New York.
This tiny school house is located in an isolated township in country New York, in America.
The quaint interior and the buildings isolation make this a delightful little getaway. Most of the woodwork is original, and objects like the library ladder when kept to retain the building’s character.
2. Highschool converted into apartments.
Highschools are often brutally functional; with cold metal railing and simple layouts.
But for some, that’s the perfect starting point for a living space. This old high school was refurbished and divided up into apartments.
3. Toronto High School from the 60s.
This Toronto family bought an entire school that was built over 70 years ago.
The left most of the interior intact, changing only what was required to make the building more energy efficient and easier to heat.
4. Tiny school house in Canada.
One of the benefits of converting an old school is that they tend to be quite large, which is great for big families.
Not so with this school, which must have had a single class (and a small one at that). This tiny school is now a tiny cottage for a small family to live in.
5. Australian industrial school.
Old technical schools are often filled with big, clunky furniture and rough brick. And that’s exactly what some people are looking for in a home.
The amazing building is a perfect example of the overlooked potential of old school buildings.
How To Earn Money In The Horse Industry
Working with horses is, most often, about the love of it. Those of us willing to dedicate our careers to the wonderful animals aren’t necessarily in it for the money.
But what does it take to support yourself while working with horses? How difficult is it to work in the equestrian industry?
A few points always come up:
- Working with horses requires long hours.
- Working with horses can be hard work.
But anybody who is passionate about horse work knows this. In fact, it’s part of the reason the equestrian industry is so attractive. Spending all day throwing yourself whole-heartedly into good, hard work is a great thing to do.
So let’s look at some of the different professions, how they make their money, how they’re involved with horses and what it takes to get there.
A farrier, as most of you will know, shoes horses. This can be a lot of work and can be quite difficult, but if you are confident you can build up a solid client base after you’ve become qualified, it can be a very solid profession.
Income: Average $42K per year. Range from 30K to 68K.
Professional Eventer –
Trying to make a living off prize money is very, very difficult, particularly for those in Australia. The Adelaide International is the biggest of such events, and has a total prize pool of only $120,000 (spread across all events).
To double the difficulty of making money this way, transporting, training and keeping horses costs a lot of money. Eventing is usually supported by teaching classes, training horses or other side professions.
Income: Some events in America (such as the Kentucky events) can earn an eventer 70 – 80,000. But that’s for first place.
The prize money for horse racing is a lot richer – and the industry is much healthier in Australia. The Melbourne cup is not only a popular Australian event, but is large by world standards.
An important thing to remember is that winnings are split up between a lot of people, including investors, and the jockey may only be paid an agreed wage.
Income: Winning the Melbourne cup earns $3.6 million.
Trainers prepare horses for events. Respected trainers have usually proven themselves with a strong performance record.
Income: Approximately $43,000 per year.
Equine Veterinarian –
Equestrian vets are specialized and go through large amount of study and qualification. Because of this, they can earn relatively high salaries but require at least 4 years of study.
Income: Average $62K up to $89K per year for senior vets.
Mounted police officer –
Mounted police officer positions are relatively limited but offer a very stable way for people to move into a profession that involved working with horses very closely.
A mounted police officer has a primary horse for which they are responsible, but also does general stable maintenance work as well. Being in the police force, it can involve relatively interesting and intense work, as well as allowing opportunities to meet new people and expand your life experience.
Income: During training, you’ll receive an income of $45K, which then goes up to $62K.
Equine Dentist –
Similar to a vet, this requires about 4 years of study and involves specialising to horse dentistry after a broader study of veterinarian science.
Income: $42K per year.