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.