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post #1 of 6 Old 12-29-2012, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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going to college- equine ideas for a major or minor??

im going to college here in january, I have to take my generals first but then was going to concider entering a vet tech program. I also concidered a fall back plan of some type of equine management, or stable management type programs.

What are some other ideas I could look into as equine career opportunities?

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-29-2012, 05:40 PM
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There are many Equine Career opportunities. There is Message therapist, rehabilitation therapist, chiropractor, nutritionist, working at a breeding farm, the list is really endless.

I'm personally attending college to get a degree in Equine Health. I'm very big in the racing industry and i'm looking forward to working at a rehabilitation facility for injured racehorses and show horses. Or i'm also looking into maybe working a stud farm. I'm really up to anything that is in the racing industry and I want to try different jobs until I find something I want to do.
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I just graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, MO with a minor in Equestrian Science and I loved it. They have a wonderful equestrian program with a lot of great opportunities. You can get a degree in Equine Business Management, Equestrian Assisted Therapies or Equestrian Education. They also have a great Pre-Veterinary Medicine program now that works in conjunction with the University of Missouri-Columbia's Veterinary Program. You can earn Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) certification and I believe the therapies concentration can be shaped around either mental health needs or physical health needs.

For the major I think you still have to take one riding course each semester and for the minor I only had to take three riding courses total. They offer Saddleseat, Huntseat, Western, and Reining.

The best thing about this school is their instructors also have a lot of real world experience and connections in the equestrian community so you can get hooked up with several incredible internships and jobs after graduation. I spent some time over the summer of 2010 in PA working for and having my horse trained by a World Champion Dressage rider, an opportunity I don't think I would have otherwise gotten without the help of my incredible Dressage instructor who was at Stephens at the time. There have been several girls who have gotten internships in the Saddleseat world at places like DeLovely.

One thing to remember, it's a small private all girls school but the campus is literally a few blocks from downtown Columbia and the University of Missouri campus and you have ample opportunities to take classes at Mizzou and be involved on their campus as well I kinda miss Stephens if you can't tell hahaha
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its nice to see a couple people pursuing something equine as well! I had a different post similiar to this one, and most people are saying don't go to school for equine and I should get a business degree instead, but I love horses and I want to do something I love as well as something practical.

Like, hero- that's what I was thinking, race horses need alot of therapies and injured horses need alot therapies too so just as an example that would be a great place to go use your degree.

I really don't want to get a business degree, id like to do like rehabilitation, massage therapy, or vet tech specializing in lameness or reproduction or just something down reproduction in general, like AI or something.

I just want to make sure that its not a waste of time like everyone is saying it is on my other post. Kinda discouraging!

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I just graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, MO with a minor in Equestrian Science and I loved it. They have a wonderful equestrian program with a lot of great opportunities. You can get a degree in Equine Business Management, Equestrian Assisted Therapies or Equestrian Education. They also have a great Pre-Veterinary Medicine program now that works in conjunction with the University of Missouri-Columbia's Veterinary Program. You can earn Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) certification and I believe the therapies concentration can be shaped around either mental health needs or physical health needs.

For the major I think you still have to take one riding course each semester and for the minor I only had to take three riding courses total. They offer Saddleseat, Huntseat, Western, and Reining.

The best thing about this school is their instructors also have a lot of real world experience and connections in the equestrian community so you can get hooked up with several incredible internships and jobs after graduation. I spent some time over the summer of 2010 in PA working for and having my horse trained by a World Champion Dressage rider, an opportunity I don't think I would have otherwise gotten without the help of my incredible Dressage instructor who was at Stephens at the time. There have been several girls who have gotten internships in the Saddleseat world at places like DeLovely.

One thing to remember, it's a small private all girls school but the campus is literally a few blocks from downtown Columbia and the University of Missouri campus and you have ample opportunities to take classes at Mizzou and be involved on their campus as well I kinda miss Stephens if you can't tell hahaha

Im still new to this college thing, so what did you major in? And then you just minored in equine science obviously.. I could choose something equine or not equine for one or the other?

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The good thing about college is you can basically make your degree anything you want, to a point. I majored in Psychology because my career is already in Law Enforcement and I wanted to stick with that.

I think if I had gone to college in the traditional sense instead of waiting until after I was older (I'm 28 this year) I would have majored in one of the Equestrian degrees. My other issue was I wanted to focus on Dressage and the dressage instructor left after I was there for a year, which was sad because I loved her!

If you're interested in racehorses Stephens and Mizzou have a lot of students who have had internships with KEMI (Kentucky Equine Management Internships) and got to experience first hand the world of Thoroughbred racing. All of them who have done it have said it's a great experience. www.kemi.org is the address if you wanted to take a look at it, I'm not sure if there is an internship for rehabbing racehorses but they do one during the racing season and the breeding season.
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