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post #11 of 15 Old 07-21-2010, 08:50 PM
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Well l just checked out Mt. Holyoke, where my trainer went, and the University of Findlay on my trip out east. l believe Mount Holyoke college only has an English lHSA team, and l don't know if they have an Equine studies program, but Findlay has both English and Western. We got a tour of the English facilities as well as the campus at Findlay, and the riding facilities were GORGEOUS, as well as the campus. They had a string of 'A' show horses, as well as one horse for each student to ride for the entire semester, and many other horses they use for lHSA at the English stables, and l'm sure the horses are similar as far as that goes at the Western barns, also. My dad said that he's not sure how strong academically their other programs are, though; their strong point, apparently, are the equestrian studies programs. But you might want to check it out, anyway. They have Equine Business Management, Equestrian Studies, etc.
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-22-2010, 12:31 PM
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You had to ask a difficult question lol.

Well I am kind of undecided at the moment, but I am positive I want to work with horses. I hope this will help:
  • I have considered training/ professional riding, but I don't have a lot of experience. I have only been working with horses and riding for 5 years. I know it wouldn't be impossible, but I am at a great disadvantage job searching against people who have been around horses their whole lives.
  • I think working for an organization like the AQHA or a racetrack would be cool, but I would be locked in an office all day and get little to no interaction with horses. With that said, I am 100% positive that I will own a horse in my lifetime, so it may not bother me that much.
  • Working as a stable hand or groom could be a cool job. People say I am detail oriented and somewhat of a perfectionist.
  • I also think being an equine nutritionist or saddle fitter would be interesting.
I hope that helps. I also thought you should know I am a squimish person and I don't do well with blood/guts.

At my high school, they offer a horse management course (8 weeks long). They cover a broad spectrum of topics from nutrition to breaking and training. I am enrolled in it this year and I am hoping that the information will help me narrow down my career choice.

I am also in a program where I can get an internship this summer, and I hope that will help too
Ok so here is my 2 cents

If you are not going to deal well with an injury or blood/guts, being a stable hand/trainer/prof rider is not a good ave for you(in my opinion). The reason i say this is because any of those jobs you are expected to be able to take charge and act quick in a situation where a horse is hurt, cut themselves, broken a bone, crashed through a fence, got into it with another animal - you get the point. I am not saying that you couldn't do any of those things BUT if you don't think that you can have a quick reaction and ignore your "squimish-ness" then it would probably be best not to venture there. Clients are going to expect that you are going to act fast and be effective if something happens to their horse(s) when they are not around- it comes with the territory

Working for an organization sounds like a great idea! If this is something that you want to pursue, i would suggest thinking what kind of a job you want to do with them- ie Marketing (planning events, fund raising, advertisement etc), Finances, Business Development .... This way you can focus your skills that you are gaining in college in the right direction. If you aren't sure what job you want to do, go talk to some people at a few organizations and find out what type of jobs they have there. I feel that if you focus your studies on skills that you can use in that job- you will have a leg up ahead of other candidates b/c you have focused on skills that will better the organization or company. Then you can still work at a local barn as a working student or volunteer at the organization so that you have another foot in the door when you graduate.

As for the nutrition- I know that MANY schools have a general nutrition degree for humans, i am sure that there is something that you could find for horses- but again remember that you might see some horses that will trigger that "squimish" button of yours. I say this b/c most nutritionists will probably work in co-hurts with a vet. (I would think but am not 100% sure) .. if you wanted to work with a feed company on their nutrition then maybe go talk to someone at the feed company and ask them what they are looking for in an employee doing the job you want.

Saddle fitter- this just sounds so cool to me but I have no advice on it

Anywho i am a firm believer that you can get a "practical" college degree and use it in the horse world. Just have to talk to some of the people where you want to go and see what they say. Oh and intern while you are in school (at a barn or organization or feed place)- you will learn the tricks of the trade!

Best of luck!

P.S. I am 26, have my degree in Business Management and once I pay off my student loans I plan to own a barn. Right now I work as a project manager for a company, still train with a trainer and teach lessons on the weekends- I am gaining all the experience I can to better prepare myself for owning my own place. So you may not get the perfect job right out of college but you have a lifetime ahead of you to plan it out!

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Ok so here is my 2 cents

If you are not going to deal well with an injury or blood/guts, being a stable hand/trainer/prof rider is not a good ave for you(in my opinion). The reason i say this is because any of those jobs you are expected to be able to take charge and act quick in a situation where a horse is hurt, cut themselves, broken a bone, crashed through a fence, got into it with another animal - you get the point. I am not saying that you couldn't do any of those things BUT if you don't think that you can have a quick reaction and ignore your "squimish-ness" then it would probably be best not to venture there. Clients are going to expect that you are going to act fast and be effective if something happens to their horse(s) when they are not around- it comes with the territory

Working for an organization sounds like a great idea! If this is something that you want to pursue, i would suggest thinking what kind of a job you want to do with them- ie Marketing (planning events, fund raising, advertisement etc), Finances, Business Development .... This way you can focus your skills that you are gaining in college in the right direction. If you aren't sure what job you want to do, go talk to some people at a few organizations and find out what type of jobs they have there. I feel that if you focus your studies on skills that you can use in that job- you will have a leg up ahead of other candidates b/c you have focused on skills that will better the organization or company. Then you can still work at a local barn as a working student or volunteer at the organization so that you have another foot in the door when you graduate.

As for the nutrition- I know that MANY schools have a general nutrition degree for humans, i am sure that there is something that you could find for horses- but again remember that you might see some horses that will trigger that "squimish" button of yours. I say this b/c most nutritionists will probably work in co-hurts with a vet. (I would think but am not 100% sure) .. if you wanted to work with a feed company on their nutrition then maybe go talk to someone at the feed company and ask them what they are looking for in an employee doing the job you want.

Saddle fitter- this just sounds so cool to me but I have no advice on it

Anywho i am a firm believer that you can get a "practical" college degree and use it in the horse world. Just have to talk to some of the people where you want to go and see what they say. Oh and intern while you are in school (at a barn or organization or feed place)- you will learn the tricks of the trade!

Best of luck!

P.S. I am 26, have my degree in Business Management and once I pay off my student loans I plan to own a barn. Right now I work as a project manager for a company, still train with a trainer and teach lessons on the weekends- I am gaining all the experience I can to better prepare myself for owning my own place. So you may not get the perfect job right out of college but you have a lifetime ahead of you to plan it out!
Thanks for your imput!
I maybe should have clarified, though. I can do blood if I'm not the one who did it (ex. drawing blood, having to cut living/dead organisms open). And for that reason I am not pursuing a career in veterinary sciences. or becoming a doctor .
I never considered that aspect of horse training/ stable hands. I see it would be an important detail to the overall job tasks, and I'm glad you mentioned it.
For my internship, I think I am going to work for a local trainer. If the person I want to work for will let me work there, I will get invaluable information on the business. I know I couldn't really do much training for him but I could do the barn chores and some paperwork. So I will be dabbling in quite a few possible career choices while I am there.

Thanks to everybody else as well!
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I'm partial to William Woods. It's right here where I live and a lot of the students keep their horses at the stable where my family takes lessons. Everyone I've met from the school is friendly and gracious.

My own daughter is considering WW once her high school career is over.

It's worth a look.

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