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post #1 of 5 Old 05-21-2014, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Equine Science Certification

Hello everyone, I am interested in getting my certification in equine science as well as my more education on training horses as well to expand my knowledge. I am wondering if anyone has gotten their equine science certification and how much the books are on average. I already know the prices for the course, I just need an idea on how much the books are. Thanks Guys.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-21-2014, 02:51 PM
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Equine science degrees get you almost nowhere because the equine industry is all about on-the-ground experience. Everyone I have ever met who got one still wound up working an on-the-ground type of job where hands-on experience trumps book knowledge. Unless you're going for an actual science major with a focus on equines (reproductive biology, veterinary, behavior studies), save yourself the money and just buy or rent the textbooks you would use. Services such as Chegg allow you to rent textbooks for a quarter of the cost of buying them outright.

If you want to learn to train, the best thing is to find a trainer who would be willing to take you on as an apprentice or a working student. Many big-name trainers like John Lyons have apprenticeship programs where you go do several weeks or months of intense, focused study, or work with a trainer locally who is certified. These do cost money but if you find a trainer you really like, and want the business boost of being able to claim yourself as certified, so much the better.

You can find as much information online from reading, watching videos, and reading articles for free as you would taking a course you'd have to pay for. Check out Coursera, which runs free online courses, and they have two equine courses.
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Hello everyone, I am interested in getting my certification in equine science as well as my more education on training horses as well to expand my knowledge. I am wondering if anyone has gotten their equine science certification and how much the books are on average. I already know the prices for the course, I just need an idea on how much the books are. Thanks Guys.
The books are going to vary just like with any college course. You'll need to know the specific books that your instructors will use. Your school can usually give you a rough estimate of all costs involved with a program.

Honestly, you'll be better served getting at least a traditional 2 year degree in something and getting hands on training under good trainers. Definitely go to school, but sign up for a working student program around your coursework instead of chasing equine science. The degree doesn't help much and you won't have much of a backup plan if you get hurt and can't ride/train full time.

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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Save your money and work under the guidance of well known trainer! Equine college is practically useless.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-22-2014, 10:04 PM
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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
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