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post #11 of 18 Old 05-09-2009, 03:11 PM
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I don't know about Iowa state.
Many places that offer an Animal Science program though, offer a pre-vet option which is many of the classes you would take in an Equine Science program (not sure about Equine Studies) including Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy, MicroBiology, Econ, Etc. The school I was looking at was in CT and was paired with their Animal Science program. This way, if you decide not to go into Vet school then you can work towards finishing up a 4 year animal science degree. You will have most (if not all) your science classes done, hands on experience with various animals, and then will be working towards most of your related classes.
The program here in MT actually requires you take not only riding and farm management classes but also to work with cattle, swine, and sheep. If you look around, there are many different variations of them.

I'm giving my advice from a student currently in college, so bare with me.

If you're not sure if it is for you, perhaps look into volunteering with a veterinarian...they almost all need an extra pair of hands.


Regardless of what you decide to do, I definitely think the people at LJ need to get their panties out of a twist and get over themselves. I think they had good intentions in mind, but people tend to just get snarky on the internet. If I read right, and you're not sure about working with horses or becoming a vet, then maybe a broader animal science type think would be a good idea.

As far as Iowa state, I don't think anywhere requires that you have more than a BS before getting into the vet/grad program...

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post #12 of 18 Old 05-09-2009, 08:02 PM
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Oh my, the live journal community holds some of the most all knowing individuals of the horse world and world in general.

Just kidding, of course. There is a great "New Yorker" cartoon that says "On the internet, no one knows you're a dog." You really don't know who wrote that, or why, or what knowledge they really have to back up what they said. If these people don't know who YOU are, how can they know that you couldn't make it in the horse world.

I really wouldn't give a second thought to someone saying something negative about me, especially some random name on the internet saying something negative. My screen name, LadyDreamer is nothing but an alias. A name that I can hide behind. What I write, may or may not be true. I say now, that all I say is true, but do you really know that?

I'd say, be careful when choosing a college for Equine studies. The college I just finished my first and last year with has nothing else that interests me, and their Equine Program I am not happy with. So I am leaving. All I can say is choose a college that could satisfy you in more than one area, in case one thing falls short of your expectations.
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Good point, LD!
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post #14 of 18 Old 05-09-2009, 09:57 PM
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What LJ community? The equine LJ communities are by far the cattiest I've ever been involved in.

I am very very selective when I post to equestrian because even if all I do is post a simple photo of Keegan SOMEONE will find something to pick on it about. Same with horse_photos. I can post, and wait a week and post again. And not a post between and someone will complain I post too much.

You can't win in any of those horse communities.

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post #15 of 18 Old 05-09-2009, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my, the live journal community holds some of the most all knowing individuals of the horse world and world in general.

Just kidding, of course. There is a great "New Yorker" cartoon that says "On the internet, no one knows you're a dog." You really don't know who wrote that, or why, or what knowledge they really have to back up what they said. If these people don't know who YOU are, how can they know that you couldn't make it in the horse world.

I really wouldn't give a second thought to someone saying something negative about me, especially some random name on the internet saying something negative. My screen name, LadyDreamer is nothing but an alias. A name that I can hide behind. What I write, may or may not be true. I say now, that all I say is true, but do you really know that?

I'd say, be careful when choosing a college for Equine studies. The college I just finished my first and last year with has nothing else that interests me, and their Equine Program I am not happy with. So I am leaving. All I can say is choose a college that could satisfy you in more than one area, in case one thing falls short of your expectations.

I know, but I'm a huge softie and let things get to me, reguardless of how false it may be.

I've decided on a community college, nearby, that I've heard good things about. Another poster actually got me thinking about fall back plans, and I think after my two years in Equine Science (or four, I have some thinking yet to do) I'll combine the degree with one in mental health. I forgot about the idea to help teenagers that I had a long time ago. It's mushy, but it might be something to pursue, and that way even if I am not directly involved I'll still have a reliable career.
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Very cool! That's what I am doing :) If you ever want to talk about it or if I can try to help in anyway, let me know!

Good luck
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good for you for trying ,i'm not really encluded in the horse comunity
On the net I don't own my own horse been out for a long long time never could afford it ,did used to work with them many years ago ,and don't really get answers from anywhere now I post ,i want to relearn (things have changed an awful lot in 25 years )as the children (they are adults really) have horses and ponies ,i was going to buy one last year as finally I had a bit more money ,but decided against it as I haven't got the time now and have lost my confidence ,i will get it back and am working on it ,the horse world is tough ,i remember that ,
there are a few places here ,that perfure you to have no experience at all it leads to an open mind ,look at all your options and if you can swap around later you will do it ,i've got a daughter that is doing a degree in agriculture ,from a small crofting background and she has just been offered a job with one of the top AA men in the country ,so it can be done if you work hard enough

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Lymie - I don't know where you live, but look into Meridith Manor is West Virginia. They offer an associates degree in Equine Science, and Studies, and you can take riding, training, instructing, equine massage, horseshoeing, performance, vet tech, and a whole slew of other classes. No experience or horse of your own necessary.

They aren't crazy expensive either.

Don't let what anyone says to you get you down. I wasn't lucky enough to be born into a horse family either, but I learned everything I could, where ever I could, however I could, and rode with as much frequency as possible. Now I've got my own horses - and they're all perfectly healthy,well trained, wonderful horses. I don't backyard breed and I haven't done any damage to the horse community.

People are jerks, and often in the horse world, you meet people who think they are high and mighty - that attitude won't get you far. Watch, those people will fall on their butts, and you'll have the last laugh.

Do what you love. Chase your dream. Learn as you go.

End of story.

(I feel like that last bit could have come from a country music song... lmao.)
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