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I need help deciding what to try to go to college for. I have always wanted to be an equine vet but it is being brought to my attention that I might not have the necessary talent and skill in math and science to continue on with that dream. Eight years of intense math and science is something I am having trouble with because I don't know if I can do it.

So I need other ideas, I know I want to work with horses no matter what but I don't know what to do. I thought of doing Vet Tech but I don't know if I will make enough doing that.

Blah so ideas please! Also college ideas are greatly appreciated!
 

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Id love to be a vet tech. I think at the nicer hospitals they make more then I do, and Im an accountant...

How about a show judge, equine photographer, apraiser, barn manager, nutritionist, accupuncturist, therapist, or a feed rep.

Id love to be a feed rep. That sounds very fun.

I'm fine with taking care of my horses. I dont think I could deal with owners all day. Some of them are insane. I thought about one day opening a boarding facility for special needs horses, permenant and partial layups. Ones that dont cost a arm and a leg. I always have lame horses, and I just want someone I can trust to take care of them for me. Most barns charge extra and dont have the right facilities for special care. I'd also love to foster some horses for shelters and such.
 

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There are SO many options in the horse industry! Horses aside, do you know what you're good at and what you're interested in? Are you good with your hands? Working with people? Great organizational skills? Like medicine?

Either way I would highly suggest taking some business classes. It's amazing how much business skills it takes to be in the horse industry.
 

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You could look into the racing industry... They have a jockey collage (I dont know how many... I will find my youngrider that talked about it). Um, yeah, horse trainer, stuff like that... You could always try being a stable hand (or I guess you will when you start working off board) and see how you like that (its a start...).
 

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I don't know what part of the country you're interested in, but Centenary College in NJ has a great equine management degree that combines business with equine studies. It's a great all around degree that could give you a lot of career options! Centenary College New Jersey - Hackettstown, NJ 07840
 

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Im going to school to be a Vet Assistant. The money wont be that great but just to wake up and do what you love has to be a great feeling. As soon as im done My Equine Vet is most likely going to take me on.
 

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I am going to go to Midway College next year. It's in Kentucky and they have a great Equine Studies program. (I'm not doing that, but I've heard from everyone that it's fantastic.)

www.midway.edu
 

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Thanks everyone :] I know there are a lot of options, it is just hard to choose which one I could excell at.

I am not really sure what I am good at to be honest, there isn't really anything that I am great at doing as it is lol which is why this is so hard for me to decide on.

I still might try and tough out a vet tech degree but I want to see my other options as well.
 

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I have no idea if you're looking for college suggestions or if this fits your criteria, but a place called Sweet Briar has been sending me information. From what I can gather through my brief perusals, it's an all-girls college very focused on horses/riding.

Good luck! I know how frustrating it can be to figure out a direction in life...
Don't stress out over it right now. You've probably heard that many college students switch their majors numerous times. Use college as a medium to figure out your interests. I've given up thinking about what I want to do.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions.

So far Centenary is my top choice followed by Midway and then Montana State University and Sweet Briar.

My mom is freaking out cause it is all the way in New Jersey but my plan is to go to a community college for two years and get my associates degree. Then go to Centenary for my bachelors degree in equine management and then go to Kentucky and internship at the big Thoroughbred racing farms over there.

Eventually I want to own my own stable and breed stronger racehorses that won't break down so easy along with teaching and training in other disciplines like eventing.
 

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I go to Montana State :)

I'm going for psychology though. Then I'll be probably going to PA for my Social Work masters then I'm doing Equine Facilitated Therapy :) If I could go to any horse school it would be Del Val, Centenary, or if I suddenly got good at math, Texas A&M
 

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It would be great to know someone at Midway this fall!

It's so close to many racetracks as well as the Kentucky Horse Park (were WEG is going to be this year!!!!!) that if your goal is to work at a racetrack, it would be a great location. Just something to think about :)
 

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I'm not a far of DelVal. Its over priced and the horses are mediocre. I live 15 minutes away. A friend of mine went to montana state I'll have to ask her if she liked it.
 

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If you are interested in the thoroughbred racing industry, DEFINITELY look into the Kentucky Colleges. Midway is litterally surrounded by TB Farms... big ones too. No more than two minutes from WinStar. Goodness, it is 2am so the big names escape me, but there are LOTS of opportunity.

Morehead has a very well established equine program, and while the University of Kentucky's is still fairly new, you can't beat them for research. I am a proud Kentucky College student and if it is horses you want, will strongly reccommend them.
 

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If there's nothing that you are great at, to use your words, maybe you need better study habits and to get serious and spend more time on your education. Not being rude. That's just what it takes to succeed.

Science and math are not "talents." They require study. You go over and over it until you understand it. Science (so far as school classes are concerned) requires more memorization. Math classes are pretty straightforward. There are a few rules that you memorize and then the rest of it is apply them. Anatomy is almost straight memorization, bone names, regions and features of bones, names of muscles & where they originate, the action they perform, the inserting point where they attach on the other end, and most of that is in Latin.

Learning any new skill requires you to put the time and effort into learning it and that may be very time consuming and tedious. Learn it to use it later, not cram to pass a test.

Choose a career that pays you a living wage. Don't count on a husband's income. The way globalization is happening, jobs disappear out from under you.. Either you or the husband could become unemployed many times.

LPN and diploma RN are pretty good bang fro the buck. LPN is a 1-year training program here. Some schools offer part time for 2 years, and some are experimenting w/ 18 month program to try to make it easier for the struggling students. Diploma RN requires college course work, and in many cases, it's an associate degree. LPN hourly rates here are $15 to $22, and RN starts in the $20s per hour. Figure 2000 man-hours per year, and LPN earns $30k and up. RN probably $40-$50k and up. That beats the pants off vet tech wages.

When picking schooling that you must pay for, look at the cost of it, the placement rate, and the wage rates for graduates. There is no sense paying for something or even worse, getting into debt for something, if it doesn't land you a decent job afterward. Check the training provider list at your state's unemployment service for WIA data about expenses for the program, salaries of recent grads, etc. The high demand occupations for you area will be on that approved training list. Vet tech and horse workers are never on there. LPN, respiratory tech, X-ray tech, electrician, truck driver, and some BA/BS, MA/MS, and asociate degrees will be there.
 

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Tack Collector, I meant that I don't have a strong grasp for math and science. I have taken up to pre calculus and was taking college biology and was struggling even with constant help and studying. Math has never been something I have grasped well despite trying my best at it. Sometimes no matter how hard you work at something you still won't be good at it. I know from experience.

Anyway I can't work with people, as in being a nurse or whatnot because I get sick around human blood and such [animal blood and injury doesn't bother me] I can't change that about me so I work around it.

I have already decided what I am going to do. I had a long talk with my dad and he told me to do something that I love and just live within my means so that is what I am doing.

Oh and as a side note, I am a really strong reader, a good writer when it is something I am interested in and I am really good at anatomy. So yes I am good at things, others are better of course but I am good at some things. The only reason I said I am not great at anything is because I don't notice my accomplishments generally. I have low self esteem and confidence levels [I don't want to be preached at about this, it is my deal so I would rather be left alone about it. Nothing anyone can say will help me or change me.]

Also horses are my life, I want to work with them and nothing can change my mind. Regardless of whether or not I could make more doing something else, at least I will enjoy waking up in the morning and doing what I love. I don't care about being rich, I would rather be happy.

Sorry if I can across rude but the information you decided to post was not what I asked for. I did not asking to be preached about going into a different career option, I want to work with horses and I will. Thank you.

Oh and education is important to me. I don't have friends that I go hang out with. I don't go party I never have. I gave up a social life for school. I have gotten no lower than a 3.0 in my 12 years of schooling and have taken advanced classes my entire life. I even got offered to skip third grade. So school is important to me, I don't take kindly to you implying that it isn't.
 

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I'm glad you can recognize that math and science aren't your strong points. I'm with you on that one. Yes, you can study study study your BUTT off but I firmly believe that there are some people who are more geared towards math and science and others that are more geared towards english. Yes, you can work really hard and still get the grades, but some just don't come easily for some. I'm with you on that one. I majored in animal science/pre-vet in college and while I studied as hard as I possibly could a lot of those math based sciences were really hard for me. I actually did very well at anatomy... but when you get more advanced there's a lot of chemistry/biochemistry involved. And there's a lot of math and physics in that. It took me a long time to realize that I'm really good working with people. Not meaning being a doctor (BLECH) but something like managing a barn. I like to be organized, I'm responsible, I'm good at making people happy but also putting my foot down when needed. What I didn't realize at all (and I'm actually a very self aware person) is that I LOVE to teach! I never ever want to be a teacher (kids? BLECH!) but I loooooove being a riding instructor! Who knew? I think explaining things to people and watching them learn is amazing! but both barn managers and riding instructors? USE A LOT OF BUSINESS. Marketing, accounting, finance, management, etc etc etc. None of those sound like fun subjects to me, but if there's one thing I could change about my college career (and I LOVED my major) is that instead of taking so many science classes (all of my free electives were science) I would have taken some business classes. Because you can apply every single one of those to the horse business.

But most importantly... in the horse industry make sure you get plenty of hands on experience with the right people. Try out as many things as you can. Internships, jobs, volunteer work, etc in different fields. Even those who know their strengths very well can be surprised at what they end up enjoying!


PS- i'd take it easy on Tack Collecter. While I do NOT agree that math is straight forward or that anatomy is just memorization, s/he was just trying to help out.
 
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