I'm going into my senior year of highschool and I'm sort of freaking out about what to do with my life after highschool. I've always loved horses, but owning my own riding stables or training horses for a living just doesn't seem like my thing. I'd love to train my own horses as a hobby, but I don't want to be breaking colts the rest of my life or teaching people how to ride. Anyways, I was thinking Equine Rehabilitation, but then I learned that you have to either become a Vet or a Physical Therapist first, and I am not really interested in becoming either of those.
Massage Therapy seems like another good option to me. I'm aware that they don't make a ton of money, but that's really not my top priority. I'd rather be happy in my profession than make a 6 figure salary doing something I hate. What I'm wondering, though, is whether or not you guys think this would be a good idea? There's no standard for Equine Massage therapists at the moment, but there's lots of companies that have training courses where you get a certification in the end. I don't really know who's reputable or not, though.
I was looking into going to William Woods University in Fulton, MO. But they don't have any sort of Equine Massage Therapy degree(no college does). Since I don't want to run my own stables or show or train for a living, would it be a waste of my time to go for the Equine Studies degree or Equine Administration? I don't want to get into student loan debt working for a degree that I won't really utilize.
I'm really grateful for any input that you guys could offer on this topic. Thanks. :]