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post #1 of 31 Old 02-10-2014, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Question Is a degree in Equine Science worth it?

I've heard do's and don'ts about an equine science degree. I am an Air Force wife and have been currently looking at schools online that offer the program. Currently I train horses and I make good money doing so but I want to take it a step further. Equine Chiropractor has really stuck out to me, one of my horses has a back issue and it caused me to do more research and I just kept wanting to learn more! Is there job security in this field and does it pay well? Are there other options that I would have with this degree that might offer me job stability and a decent salary? Is an Equine Science degree worth it or will I just be paying $20,000 and end up having to find another job that has nothing to do with horses because the others don't pay well or I can't find an opening?
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post #2 of 31 Old 02-10-2014, 10:45 AM
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IMO a degree is just a pretty piece of paper in the horse world. People are going to hire because of experience, not because of paper. You'd be better off taking that $20,000 and putting it toward trainer under a really well known trainer. They horse world is all about experience and who you know.
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post #3 of 31 Old 02-10-2014, 11:39 AM
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I think you don't have to take equine science at all (here in Ireland) to become an equine chiropractor. You need to study the human body in college, then go and qualify as an actual chiropractor for horses, outside of college.
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I agree with Slide, despite having a Bachelor's Degree in Equine Science & Training, lol!

I triple-majored in Equine Business Mgmt, Equine Science & Training, and straight up Business, to cover all my bases. I currently work in the city, while my business degree pays for me to have a horse as a hobby. That said, I ADORED my equine university experience and it opened my eyes to the horse world in a way I would never have seen if I remained in my little town with my far-from-the-big-leagues horse scene. After graduation I went to work for a big name trainer and loved it, but within a few years I had decided horse training wasn't my true calling.

Incidentally, I graduated in 2001 and am still paying off my student loans ;) I'd have considerably more left to payoff if I was still working at the ranch, as I was making about 40% of my current salary.
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post #5 of 31 Old 02-10-2014, 11:45 AM
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Equine Science will not qualify you to be a chiropractor. If that's what you want to do you need to research the requirements for it - they vary. Some places require you to to to equine chiro school, some require human chiro certification first then equine.

Equine Science is typically the degree people get when they want to run a boarding facility or teach lessons or train. I was always told it was fairly useless to get though.
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I agree with all of the above.

I would think the best think you could do if you want to be a chiropractor is either go through vet school (probably not realistic), or apprentice under someone.

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post #7 of 31 Old 02-11-2014, 01:24 AM
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You could do equine massage therapy. Chiropractor's must be a vet where I live so that probably isn't feasible.
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post #8 of 31 Old 02-11-2014, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Massage therapists have to be a vet here too, as well as the next state that we will be moving to next year. After looking at the state laws, everywhere is different and being an Air Force spouse I will constantly be moving. I don't think that I will be able to do any of the things I want to do until he gets out in 5 years and we move back to TN.
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post #9 of 31 Old 02-11-2014, 12:23 PM
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What about getting a degree in business? That you can take anywhere! Not to mention it's going to look stellar on an application paired with horse experience.
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I also have a degree in Equine Science and Managment.......the most useless piece of paper I have and the most expensive. Granted I learned alot about the equine and thier workings but it got me little to no where in the job market. I was extremely disappointed. I was on the school's riding team and took several training classes though not nessesarily target classes to complete the degree. I learned alot on what NOT to do so that helped greatly. I eventually got a degree in Biology (but who the heck needs a biologist?.............nobody). So I say go into something specific. If chiropracty is your quest then go into that. If you just want to learn general information on horses or just want to have a degree in equine science to broaden or compliment your equine chiropractic quest then go for it. Equine Science by itself is pretty much just a piece of paper. Equine chiropacty requirements differ a little from state to state. Look into what your state says you need to have before taking classes. Getting a bussiness degree might end up helping you more.
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