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post #21 of 31 Old 03-01-2014, 03:37 AM
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There is an equine science program at my college. I've only seen the riding majors, but I'm not impressed with the riding and training techniques at all. You could learn just as much being a working student under a decent trainer.
It would have to be a very special trainer to have gotten me interested in one of those "working student" situations.

Getting paid at a successful barn with good, successful trainers always seems to be a better option.
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post #22 of 31 Old 03-03-2014, 11:35 AM
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Further education is never a bad thing. However certain degrees have a higher return than others. I've known a couple folks that went for an equine science type degree. They are now doing the same thing that they would have been doing had they not gotten that particular degree. Working at a barn for slightly more than minimum wage. Except now they have student loans to pay off.
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post #23 of 31 Old 03-29-2014, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! Sorry I've been super busy and have not had much time to get back on! I graduated high school last May and have taken the year off and I'm so glad I did! I would have wasted thousands of my parents money starting a degree that I thought I wanted for years and after seeing and actually working in that field decided it wasn't for me! I'm currently working with a trainer in my area that has the same views and ideas about horses as me and in the past month of doing so I've already learned so much! I'm still not 100% sure on what I want to do, but I'm sure I'll know it when I see it.
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post #24 of 31 Old 04-04-2014, 08:48 AM
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I will say though, I've personally seen people with degrees totally unrelated to a job with no experience beat out people with no degree and have experience.
Before I got my accounting degree (after wasting my time and $$$ on an equine science degree) employers would look at it on my resume and say "what the heck is that?!?!). An equine degree has no worth anywhere and not just in the horse world
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Wow, a lot of mixed feelings going on here. I'm going to be the odd one out to say that I also have a Bachelor's of Science in Equine Studies and it was 100% worth it. Is it harder to find a decent job, sure, but it is what you make it. I think it also depends on the school and type of degree/education. My program was strictly hands-on and covered a variety of skills, with no riding team, and only 8 graduates in my class. Being such a small group we had more time with our professors and it felt one-on-one rather than a "class". I also got my equine sports massage therapy certification through my equine program, along with the opportunity to take an internship of a lifetime that I only received through my college connections. My best friend actually dropped out of the equine program her first year, got an associates in business, and wishes she had stayed because she hates her job. Not saying everyone feels the same, but it definitely goes both ways. I spent my whole life listening to others tell me "You'll never do anything with an equine degree...keep it as a hobby" but with every horse comes a person attached with a checkbook. Trust me I am one of them! There are jobs out there...you may have to fight for them...but nothing worth doing comes easy
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post #26 of 31 Old 05-24-2014, 03:24 PM
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Most states now are requiring chiro/massage/dentist to work with/for vet and vet is to be present...which puts those that were doing those types of equine things, up a creek without a paddle.

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post #27 of 31 Old 06-05-2014, 02:52 PM
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I also have an Equine Science degree, and I did gain way better knowledge. It was also all hands on. I learned many things anatomy, health care, nutrition, and etc. I also was certified in massage and acupressure. I have a pretty decent job right now working in the racehorse business, which was always my dream. There are better jobs in the equine industry. Just have to find them.
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I have a friend who is an equine massage therapist and LOVES it! She was thinking about hosting a class for certification but she never got enough people to sign up :(
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Plus the equine massage therapist I know make some good body. Just depends where you live thou.

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Right now we are in NM. My friend is in TN. Unfortunately being a military spouse I will have to be moving around a lot.
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