Anyone attend/have opinions on College Equine Studies Programs?
I'm sure this has been on her before but I couldn't find all that much when I searched.
Anyway, I recieved my BS is Equine Business/Management/Marketing in May 09. I've been ridining/showing since I was six. I appreciate the degree, but the bill was outrageous and Montana isn't all that great IMO.
I felt the best three months I had were at my internship in Texas and my trip to Congress, wow I learned a boatload. Otherwise, just alot of ladies in one barn with alot of drama!
Sooo, opinions? Who has/is atended/ing an equine studies program (and where, if you feel comfortable sharing) and how is it going? What is your plan afterward? What classes do you take...etc. Just interested in other's experiences. Was it worth the student loans for you?
I got accepted to SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Cobleskill, and Delaware Valley, all for equine studies. I didn't take them because after doing a few interns and just watching trainers/career horse people in general I found that I really wanted a stable job and paycheck. The trainers I know would get paid one day and not the other, or would have one horse in at a time to having five+. And not to mention if I really wanted to I could learn all of the things without paying thousands to go to college. You don't need a piece of paper saying your a trainer. So I'm going to SUNY Canton for Vet tech and Veterinary management because you do need a piece of paper for that.
However, if it was my absolute passion and I couldn't imagine doing anything else it would be worth it.
Don't take this the wrong way, as it's just my opinion...
I will be attending Midway College in the fall. It's a very nice school with an excellent equine studies program. That's what most of the girls go there for. People are shocked when I tell them that I'm majoring in English with a minor in Equine Journalism because everyone else does equine studies. However, I tend to think that the equine studies degree is rather pointless honestly. Most students and barn owners don't give a hoot if you have a degree. It's all about how you put your knowledge into action.
Ditto the other 2 posters. I know BOs are here who wouldn't touch someone with an ES degree with a 10 foot pole. Especially if you don't have a strong background with horses. Their mentality is just because you read the book and passed the test doesn't mean you can really do all those things well.
They'd rather have a highschool drop-out who has owned horses and worked in a barn most of their life working for them.
Good stuff to know. I'm thinking about going back to school for therapeutic riding. Do you think a program like that would be worthwhile?
After attending, I happen to agree with everyone else. I did enjoy the vet/repro, management, marketing, and nutrition aspects of the program. The judging program was amazing and the instuctor (an internationally carded AQHA/NRHA judge) will always be my favorite. But the riding was just a bunch of AQHA trainers/judges teaching riding lessons. It wasn't a very even program either, those who came from a show background were treated much better than those who came from a ranch. It very much catered to those of us who wanted to show/train stock horses for our future career. Everyone else was kinda out of luck. Great for me, as this is what I do, bummer for others.
I can honestly say, the biggest learning experience was my internship with John and Jill Briggs. I learned more about shows and training in three months there than four years at RMC. Plus I got to ride some amazing talent and meet some great people!
My advice to anyone thinking about training as a career....only do it if you love horses...and nothing else. I worked seven days a week, close to eighty hours total. I had no life, and a terrible sunburn. I decided this was not the career I wanted. I now work at a Bank and bring home more than I would in two months as an assistant trainer. I enjoy my steady paycheck and train my own horses as a show hobby.
I always thought that I would want to go to college and get an Equine Studies degree but the more I thought about it the more I figured it would be a waste of time and money. You can learn all you would in the classroom by just working at different stables and farms. I have devoted my life to learning about horses and managing and working different places, and I managed to do it while getting paid rather than paying to learn it. Also no one cares about the degree. What owners want is experience and great references. Plus it is a very difficult career to make a living out of. If you don't mind being poor 90% of the time then do it. Otherwise stay away from the horse careers.
That's exactly what I thought. That's why I'm going for vet tech and veterinary management for a steady paycheck. And although I love horses alot I want them to be just a hobby.
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