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        01-10-2011, 12:44 PM
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    I agree with Beau Baby. The degree isn't really worth isht. If you really want degree with horses, I would look for a college/program with internships integrated into the program.

    I am planning on attending Black Hawk College-East Campus for an A.S in Equine Sciences. One of the reasons I like the BHC East program is because they require every equine student to complete at least one 11 week internship with a sucessful person in the equine industry in the area of the students interest.

    If you cna find a place that will intergrate internships into the program is great. Not only for the experince, but for the connections. The horse industry is all about connecting. That's how you find jobs. That's how you find horses, because a friend of a friend has a champion WP horse for sale. The more people in the industry you know, the more resources you have to become sucessful.
         
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        01-10-2011, 12:51 PM
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    Antoher thing you sould look for is competiton programs.

    BHC East has a horse judging team and a horse show team. These types of programs will give you experience in showing and judging, as well as having somebody there to help you get bettter in these areas.
         
        01-10-2011, 01:40 PM
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    Weanling
    BHC only does Western though and they are a community college. Just an FYI for the OP.
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        01-10-2011, 09:19 PM
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    Weanling
    Great posts, Strange and upnover. That's basically what I was trying to say, but I'm just not very skilled with words. Degree itself means virtually nothing. The horse business is all about what you've done and who you've done it with. Majoring in equine studies in a college with a subpar program and not interning anywhere will get you nowhere. In fact, it may hinder your ability to enter the horse world.
         
        01-10-2011, 09:33 PM
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    Originally Posted by Romantic Lyric    
    BHC only does Western though and they are a community college. Just an FYI for the OP.
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    BHC does more than just western. There are plenty of people who go for english degrees. The more popular program is the western, but they teach dressage, jumping and english pleasure.
         
        01-10-2011, 09:51 PM
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    Weanling
    They only have a western team that shows in ISHA. As far as I'm aware there's no English team. I've been there several times and never seen an English-type horse there. Maybe they use their QHs for jumping and dressage, but that would limit the students' experience in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, they have a GREAT Western program, I just definitely would not go there if my goal was to study/master an English discipline.
         
        01-10-2011, 09:54 PM
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    Originally Posted by Romantic Lyric    
    They only have a western team that shows in ISHA. As far as I'm aware there's no English team. I've been there several times and never seen an English-type horse there. Maybe they use their QHs for jumping and dressage, but that would limit the students' experience in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, they have a GREAT Western program, I just definitely would not go there if my goal was to study/master an English discipline.
    I just went there this fall and they had several TBs and warmbloods doing demonstrations for their open house. They have a pretty good english program, but their western program is more popular (espically since the area is mainly western) I live in the same area as BHC.
         
        01-10-2011, 09:59 PM
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    Weanling
    Maybe they were loaners? More popular is an understatement. I'd say WAY more popular. I think that the fact that they don't have an English team speaks for itself.
         
        01-10-2011, 10:02 PM
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    ^ Nope. All were school horses. But there are more than a handful of people that empasize in english.
         
        01-10-2011, 10:03 PM
      #20
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    Originally Posted by Strange    
    Let me clarify what I said about attending a school with an Equine Science/Equine Studies program -

    I attend Colorado State University, easily one of the top if not the best Equine Science program. Internships that are not associated with the school is REQUIRED for the degree, and it must be at least one semester. You MUST have 24+ business credits (about 6-8 classes, including thinks like agricultural economics, etc.) and most people actually minor in business. IF you take colt training classes you end up working with a horse from weaning to first under saddle work. EVERY equine class has a lab at least once a week, so you're basically forced to learn not only theoretical aspects of horses but to be able to put them into practice.

    The problem with going for a veterinary degree or pre-vet type of undergraduate studies is that it really teaches you a limited amount about the horse industry. Its focus is on science and beginning to work from a molecular level to an organismal level. When pursuing veterinary things you don't actually begin to specialize until, approximately, your second year into vet school. You don't specialize in anything during undergrad. So unless you actually go to vet school and come out with high marks and a DVM title then it's pretty useless as undergraduate studies.

    I suggested an Equine Science/Studies + working student because that is what I am currently doing and while I'm taking a year off now to actually be a working student, everything I have learned from Colorado State + the 13 years I've already ridden and worked with horses has been a wonderful foundation for the work I've started doing working with my new boss/trainer.

    Just my two cents. Getting a degree in general is useless unless you get a lot of practical experience in the field you intend to make your career in.
    I agree with every word. The place that I was going to go to school, Vermont Technical College, has a 4 year B.A. In Equine Studies. You have to take riding lessons the whole time you are there, one semester has to be driving, one semester has to be dressage, and the rest you can choose. You learn ALL about breeding. They actually will go through the breeding process with a mare from beginning to end while you are there. There are also zoology classes and vet tech classes.
    With everything that is horse related there are business classes involved as well, which you get a minor in. Its also one of the only reasons my parents approved, lol.
    You want to find a program like that. You can look at Vermont Tech if you want, but that is a long way to travel for you and your horse. You can bring your horse there, they have a super nice barn with a double wide indoor. I believe board is 500 and that includes everything but vet and supplements. I know California has some schools and that is close to Washington. You can try looking there.
         

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