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   Equine Major...A Closer Look
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Equine Major...A Closer Look

By Misty Sneddon

photo Equine Science is the study of horses and the care they need. A four-year degree provides a variety of career opportunities. Classes one can expect to take include agriculture economics, farrier practicum, equine sales production, equine genetics, therapeutic riding, foaling management, equine reproduction, advance horse evaluation, livestock nutrition, packing and outfitting, equine management, horse handling and safety, facilities management, integrated equine science, and equine business management. Due to the nature of this major, it is important to understand that hands-on experience is necessary for getting hired in this field. But the most important requirement in pursuing a career in Equine Science is the ability to enjoy working with and being around horses.

Some students find that furthering their education in a concentrated field, perhaps in biology or veterinary science, or medicine provides better job opportunities. If you are pursuing a career in Equine Science, below is a list of career opportunities upon graduating:

  • Trail Guide
  • Pedigree Analyst
  • Horse Jockey
  • Carriage Driver
  • Horse Behaviorist
  • Bloodstock Agent
  • Horseback Riding Instructor
  • Horse Show Judge
  • Horse Purchaser
  • Rodeo Cowboy/Cowgirl
  • Stable Hand
  • Artificial Inseminator
  • Equine Auctioneer
  • Stable Manager
  • Breeder
  • Equine Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Agricultural Equipment Sales Representative
  • Veterinarian Technician
  • Equipment and Tack Maker
  • Horse Trailer Designer
  • Equine Course and Jump Designer
  • Horse Track Manager

While not all careers require direct contact with horses, many require knowledge that only working one-on-one with horses will provide. With this in mind, before pursuing a degree in Equine Science, consider working part-time or even volunteering at a horse stable or ranch. You will be surprised how much you can pick up just by spending a few hours a week around horses. Another way to become involved is by joining your local 4H chapter. Networking in communities like these is vital to turn your passion for horses into a career.