|This program is designed for students who are passionate about working with and learning about horses and the equine industry. The core of the Equine Studies program is a combination of theory and hands-on experience working with horses and clients. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in a range of topics designed to increase student success in the workplace after graduation. |
Specific equine topics include equine anatomy and disorders, nutrition, genetics and reproduction, training (beginning and advanced), riding instruction techniques, therapeutic riding, farrier practices, and equitation. Courses in training and riding instruction methods provide both theory and hands-on experience working with horses (and sometimes clients).The six semesters of weekly small group riding lessons increase students' abilities as equestrians, with opportunities to experience dressage, hunt seat, stock seat, hunter-jumper, and driving. These and other equine-centered courses equip students to work at equine facilities or even to start up one of their own.
Students graduating with a degree in Equine Studies can explore a variety of opportunities, depending on their areas of interest. Careers in direct equine service facilities include barn manager, instructor, or assistant trainer. Job opportunities in businesses supporting the equine industry include equine consultant, sales, marketing, specialized service provider, and many others limited only by graduates' imaginations.
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