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Equine studies is the area of education and employment that deals with the care, breading and treatment of horses for the purposes of labor, entertainment, and sports. Individuals in this field will also learn the various business responsibilities associated with horses, including marketing, sales, pricing, as well as facility management and more.
Education and Schools
Those wishing to get an education in equine studies will typically pursue at minimum a bachelor’s degree, though associate and graduate level degrees are available. Additionally, a Bachelor’s degree allows students to pursue an education in veterinary science, typically with a focus on horses, as an alternative to graduate level studies. Individuals will be exposed to both science and business practices related to how horses are cared for, trained, bred, and sold, including costs and budgeting.
A curriculum in equine studies may include:
- Equine Reproduction
- Anatomy of Horses
- Animal Biology
Individuals seeking a school for equine studies should look for programs that offer practical experience, either through local breeders, care facilities, or stables, or through on campus facilities. Such exposure will allow for faster development of skills and a better understanding of horses in general, allowing for ease of employment in the future.
Organizations such as the Equine Science Society promote education and study, advancing research and allowing for a better understanding of horses through continued effort.
Careers through an equine studies degree will vary based on the intentions and interests of the individual, and those careers have a direct corollary regarding job growth over the next decade, with some professions, such a horse veterinarians, having higher growth than others. The variety of options revolves around the business and care of horses, and can be lucrative and rewarding, with some professions requiring additional study or certification in order to qualify.
Possible Careers Include:
- Horse Training
- Horse Breeding
- Riding Coach
- Horse Management
- Horse Veterinarian
Additional resources for professionals in this field may be found through the American Association of Equine Practitioners, which uses its resources to advance the interests of those employed within the equine industry.