Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
To be honest, I don't think there is a lot of work in horses, and the people who are somewhat successful at it usually don't have degrees in a related field, they just work at it, get jobs, experience and they're talented. Even a lot of trainers, instructors, breeders even vets aren't that well off.
Really think about what you want in the future and then think if it's realistic. Like it sounds good and all to make horse feeds and exercise plans... but have you ever hired someone to do that for you? I never have, in fact I've never met anyone who has. That is the kind of knowledge most experienced horse people have without needing degrees, maybe people would get the information from trainers, instructors, vets etc but I don't know if it would be a field to get into. If you wanted to do feeds for a company then I'd imagine you'd have to look into getting into research which is different again.
To have a job with agriculture I'd probably look at doing an Agribusiness degree or something, or look at specialising in a field, like environmental farming, waterways conservation and care, soil management etc. Look at what is going to be needed in the future, which is probably going to be higher yield farming etc.
Or if you are interested in health become a human nutritionist.
It's up to you, but I really don't think a degree in a horse field is going to get you farm. Most well paying horse jobs will incorporate a lot business and management principals rather than those covered in equine/animal science.