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paintsrule 01-20-2010 03:52 PM

Degrees in equine related things?
I was reading a thread about equine jobs on here and some people were saying that going to an equine college and majoring or getting a degree in equine management or other equine related things is useless?

Can I have more info on this? I want to work with horses when I am older and thought that going to an equine college would help that happen more, but maybe not.

Soo, equine colleges, helpful or not? Give me your experiences, knowledge and verdict. Id love to hear from as many people as possible because this could change some things.


Tack Collector 01-20-2010 04:06 PM

You can always work with horses someplace, but seldom make a decent living at it. There is an ad on the Youngstown, OH, Craigslist for LPNs (licensed practical nurse) $28/hour and RN $35 per hour. At standard 2000 hours per year and those pay rates, $56k annually LPN and $70k annually RN. LPN training is 1 year and it costs $4500 to $12000 on average, depending on what state. LPN pay rates range $25 to $30 per hour. That might even be a total cost including books and supplies and uniforms.

If college tuition costs $22,000 per year and you go four years, that's $88,000 plus 4 years of books and living expenses for a BS/BA degree. If you are going to pay that, and even more importantly, if you are going to borrow that, make sure it will get you job that will recoup that cost and get you a nice standard of living. The state unemployment service in your area has a lits of high-demand occupations and what they pay. It should be published online. But may not be. Different states updated their list of training providers at different times of the years. The demand occupations are typically what the state had approved people to retrain for, so it you sift through the training providers list you can see what they see is marketable.

Respiratory therapy is another one that pays $35k to $40k annually and you only need an associate degree to get that.

All health careers require background checks, no felonies, good moral character, and pass the state licensing exam. Additionally, no visible tattoos or piercings. If you have them, they must be covered / removed. Don't decrease your earnings potential by getting tatts & piercings! Waste of money and it will go out of style and you'll be stuck with it.

eventerdrew 01-20-2010 04:09 PM

I am going to be attending a college next year that is considered an equine college. However, I would agree with the people who say that equine degrees are basically useless unless you are going to be a vet. I am getting a broad degree (English) and riding on the team. That's enough for me. Most lesson students don't give a whooey about a degree- it is all about how you train in the real world

sillybunny11486 01-20-2010 04:09 PM

I keep horses as my hobby, and make my money as an accountant, so I can keep them fed.

Unless you know someone its going to be hard to get into the business on your own. It can take a lifetime to get clients.

Tack Collector 01-20-2010 04:25 PM

starlinestables 01-20-2010 10:47 PM

Why do people think horse people don't make any money?! I went to an equine college and I learned A LOT. These days you don't have to really have a specific kind of degree.. just that you have one.

Anyways... I board between 18-20 horses and make about 25k on boarding.... I have about 10 students right now that take weekly lessons at $40 a pop. thats about 21k. I don't know how much I make in other services such as sheath cleaning, hauling horses, wrapping legs, injections....(I havn't gotten to that point in my taxes yet!) I also buy, train and resale a handful of horses a year... AND I do all of this with a 2 year old. I could make double if I wasn't a stay at home mom as well.

I say go for it!!! You can make a decent living with horses!

starlinestables 01-20-2010 11:06 PM

I wanted to add that YES you do need horse experience as well.. College degree doesn't equal talent. But don't think you have to go to a 1000 shows to get it either....

I went to Virginia Intermont and there were opportunities to ride several horses a day and even if you took just one riding class you still rode twice a week for class. The instructors also gave private lessons if you wanted even more instruction and can put you in touch with other trainers... My eventing coach trained with the O'Connors.

If you truely want a career in horses... it is really one of those things that you get out of it only what you put into it which means you have to work HARD.

dantexeventer 01-21-2010 11:36 AM

I'll chime in here, as I have in other threads, that if your goals are of the top-level competitor variety (and even if they're not!), there's nothing more valuable than a working student position. You will work grueling hours, learn things you didn't know you needed to learn, and get face time with the creme de la creme of riding. It's also a great litmus test - people come out of working student positions with a much better idea of what working in the industry is like, and many decide that they'd rather ride as a hobby, and do something else as a career. It's not for everybody.

mls 01-21-2010 11:41 AM

I did Business management for a major - equine fields as the minors and of course continuing education courses.

Jessabel 01-21-2010 11:52 AM

Maybe it would be more helpful to go into a certificate program. I'm planning on becoming a certified EFM at some point.

I was going to do a four-year equine science program, but it would be seriously expensive. It's all hands on, out in the field, working with horses and gaining experience and knowledge. I still don't know if something like that would help. However, some employers will find you more desirable if you have experience and a degree. Just be careful not to rattle off your education too much, or else any potential employer might think you're tooting your own horn and it'll make them run for the hills.

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