I disagree. As a graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Equine Studies I have to say that my degree was 100% worth it.
I came from an extensive equine background growing up but learned more in the 4 years of college than I ever could have dreamed. I met qualified instructors who challenged me to achieve my goals and pushed me to do my very best in every task asked of me. I also received my equine massage certification through my program and had the opportunity to take an internship of a lifetime through connections I made in college.
While I do agree that the equine industry highly relies on connections, it's also about how you are going to stand out from the rest. How will YOU be different than the millions of other horse-crazy people who would love to work in a barn or for a equine company. With a degree, you become a PROFESSIONAL, because you work hard and you earn it. Don't let anyone tell you what you should and shouldn't do. If you love something enough, no time or money spent will be wasted