Quick tips for applying!
Try to find as MANY scholarships as you can! Not as many people are trying to become equine vets, so pursue scholarships in that area. Doing a bunch of community service will boost your chances of getting scholarships. Maybe donate your time to a Therapeutic Riding facility? Scholarship foundations want to know that the recipient of their scholarship definitely cares about those around them.
Also, apply to many big ticket schools: UC Davis, UCLA, UCSB. The more schools accept you, the more other schools will want you.
Also, if you can't get into a UC, don't worry! The community colleges often have a system where you can go to a CC then apply to a UC. Just make sure you get the classes that you need!
The CC in my town, SBCC, is #1 community college in the US so a few of my friends have come to Santa Barbara to go to SBCC and transfer to UCSB.
I'm also going through the process of applying to schools, but private art schools!