Opinions on Equine Studies
I was talking to the woman that owns the barn where I used to ride and I mentioned I wanted to maybe transfer somewhere where I could get a degree in Equine Studies. She basically told me it was a bad idea and not to bother. What do you all think?
i have a degree in Equine Science. i learned bunches and had a blast, learned really neat things about other animals as well.
i remember (this was several years ago too) one of my teachers telling me that the equine department did better grade wise than the engineering department, however when graduating, only 16% on equine majors left with jobs...
so i see that as the only downfall
Thanks for your input. I think I would have a great time too. I usually hate school but I find everything having to do with horses interesting and I keep wanting to learn more. I think it would be a really good idea for me to do this.
The job thing is kind of what she was talking about but she said no one would care if you had a degree in Equine Studies or not, which I don't think is completely true. I think it depends on what you want to do.
I am currently looking at schools and trying to figure out what needs to be done to transfer but its freaking me out a little lol. I've never lived away from home before so I didn't want to have to go too far but the closest college that offers Equine Studies as a major is 3 hours away. I know that probably doesn't seem like a lot but the farthest away any of us has ever gone is a little over an hour. My brother can still come home any weekend he wants but 3 hours seems like it would be a lilttle much for me to do that. And that's if I get into this place. Plus it's in New Jersey and I'm sorry but I think it's really dumb that you can't make left turns in Jersey. It would drive me nuts. I already get lost pretty easily so not being able to make a left turn would just make things even harder for me. And now I've gotten sooooo far off topic lol. Can you tell I'm nervous?
If you want to go into research or get an Equine Science degree with upper level work, its worth it.
If you want to ride/train/show/give lessons/board/etc it's not worth your time.
As far as like...barn management? I think you'd be fine. If you want to work managing a breeding barn or something, some reproduction classes would be good. Otherwise I'd say just go for business.
Where in Maryland are you? There was a school that had equine science I was looking at outside of columbia.
There is a course starting the week after next at the Gwyndwr University in Wrexham.Wales UK A 3 year course - cost £3250 per year plus board & lodge. It leads to a B Sc (Hons) in porse Psychology.
The course covers all the things you'll ever want to know about horses.
Trouble is, it would be a long way for you to commute.
I'm about 45 minutes outside of DC. I know there's an ES program at Maryland University but they only offer a certificate not a degree. The only school I found that offers a degree is a community college. I haven't looked at it yet. Which college were you looking at?
Maybe that was the one. I don't remember the name, but it was in either DC or baltimore. I was looking at their Psych program but I saw they had an equestrian center and program.
The thing I don't like about getting a degree in horses, is I feel they aren't teaching you anything you couldn't learn hands on. The job market for horses is fairly small and it's hard to transfer a horsey degree to any other job posistion.
At my school, it's fairly easy to get into the equine classes as a non-major if you can prove you are competent around horses so that may be an option. Or possibly a minor. I know ARIA does a stable management program but that too is a certificate not a degree but I have found with horse related jobs, they want more real world experience than a degree.
What was the school you were looking at in Jersey?
The thing is, whatever degree I get is basically going to be usless. I went to art school for a couple of years which I felt was a complete waste of time because no one is going to care if you went to school or not when they're looking at your art. I learned a few things, but nothing I couldn't have picked up elsewhere. Right now I'm working towards a general studies degree. As I said before, I hate school. So if I just keep going with general studies, once I get that degree that will be it for me as far as school. Once I get a degree in something I'm done. If it were up to me I wouldn't even be bothering with a degree at all (which I know might not be the smartest decision) but my parents are requiring me to get a degree in something. It doesn't matter what it's in.
So I'll either do ES or general, but I would like to do Equine because I actually have an interest in what I'd be learning. Plus a lot of the programs have you doing internships so you do get a lot of hands on experience. Doing ti on my own feels like it would take longer because I've had so much trouble just finding a barn to ride at, finding a place that would actually teach me the things I want to learn feels like it would be impossible.
Centenary College is the one in Jersey I'm looking at. But I'm leaning more towards one that I found in PA since I would like to be closer to home.
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