Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I think what many people are suggesting about a dual specialisation is a very good idea.
As mentioned, horses are a "luxury" so whenever anything goes bad, ie. Economy, drought etc. the horse industry is going to be the first one hit because it is a luxury hobby. And being in America, well your economy isn't looking so great these days, and I wouldn't rely on it bouncing straight back.
By all means pursue a horse career but don't just pursue a horse degree. It would be a pretty stupid move right now to limit your options that dramatically. A degree just in horses isn't really going to qualify you for much else, at least if you have a business, or even liberal arts, second major you can demonstrate skills you use in a variety of work places and careers.
I know at my university you can do a second major "out of faculty" so while I am in Social Sciences/Arts, I can study a business, science, maths, or even equine or canine studies unit, and if I so choose, turn that into a major.
I just looked at the MM site - do they any offer a proper qualification? Or are you just forking out thousands for a random course? If they are just 12 week courses you could do them in the future.
If you ever want to really have and compete horses, having a stable income is one of the few ways of getting there.