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    04-12-2013, 03:23 PM
I would highly suggest considering what it is you would like to do with your degree upon completion of college. This should play a HUGE role in the college you are choosing.

For me, I selected my college not only based on the Equine Science degree it could offer me, but also on the broader degree and experience I could acquire in my desired field. I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2010 with a bachelor degree in Animal Science Business Management Option and with a minor in Equine Science. I had gone into college considering vet school but decided that life outside of work was more important to me. I chose the degree that I did because it gave me a broad spectrum of courses and experiences (more likely to also land a job). I studied anything from dairy cattle, dog nutrition, agricultural business management, equine repro, equine nutrition, equine training, etc. I knew that regardless of what job I ended up with, I wanted it to be in the agricultural field and if at all possible, related to horses. I got lucky and was able to land a job serving as an equine specialist for a local feed company after completing an internship. I do a lot of trouble shooting, answering questions, and marketing and sales. Overall, it's a decent job.

Equine Science degrees are a great resume booster but I wouldn't bank on them entirely. Experience and general knowledge in an array of different fields, in my opinion, will probably get you a lot further. Granted, that’s all depending on what you really would like to do in the long run.
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    04-23-2013, 11:48 PM
I go to Hocking College in Ohio for Equine Health. I have classes on horse riding, Equine anatomy/comformation, Equine Health, Equine massage, Equine Acupressure, etc. A lot of these classes have two different level classes.
    05-16-2013, 08:47 PM
I'm fortunate to have Murray State University close by, which has an excellent equine (and ag) program.
    05-19-2013, 02:01 PM
Originally Posted by WickedEasy    
I'm graduating early so i'm already planning on the college i'm going to attend! I have my mind set on an Equine Science degree, but there's a few colleges that i've heard who also offer equine massage therapy certificates and some horse trainer certificates? Alot of the horse colleges i've looked at are completely different. I'm mainly looking at Lamar Community College in Colorado or Meredith Manor in West Virginia. Anybody been to either of this? Or anybody have some other good equine colleges I could look at? By the way, my focus is western.
I graduated from Meredith Manor in 1994, and it was wonderful. According to their web site, a lot has been added since I was there. Regardless of your dicapline, they teach the basics of dressage. I ride western and it's amazing how well dressage works with western as well. So basically, even if you ride western you are also riding a bit of dressage. I learned more in two years there than I had had my whole life.

I earned my degree/certification in riding instruction.

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