Equine Science Degree

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  1. lilmoore91

    lilmoore91 Full Member

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    Does anybody know anything about an equine science degree or better yet have an equine science degree?

    I was looking into it and was wondering where would you go from there? As in what can you do with an equine science degree?

    I also read that that you can make enough money to support our expensive habit of horses, is this true?

    My boyfriend and I are in college now and it's time to start planning again since Vet school is out of the question for right now. We will most likely be moving to Texas and looking at Sul Ross. They have the program he needs for ranch management and an Equine science degree.

    Tell me your thoughts! Thanks
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  2. Charisma

    Charisma Senior Member+

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    Sorry, I personally think some of the equine degrees are a little impractical. Would it be useful if you were a barn owner? Maybe, but not required, and not a substitution for real life experience.
    My barn life is seperate from my work life, and I prefer it that way, I think it keeps me from being burnt out. I have a good job, which allows me to support my expensive habit and keep me in horses.
    What type of job do you WANT to do? I would try to decide that first before just working towards a piece of paper that may not help you achieve the dream job you want.

    No jobs are truely recession proof, so to say that having this degree will enable you to support your horse habit is a bit misleading.
    I would imagine some people may earn that BS degree, and then apply to vet school?
     
  3. barrel_racer64

    barrel_racer64 Senior Member+

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    I have to say that I agree with Charisma. The classes would be very good to take and I'm almost positive you would learn a lot from them, but I don't think its a practical degree if you are wanting a degree that will help you get a good, solid job. I wanted to get my bachelors in Equine, but because of how little it really has to offer in real-world jobs, I chose to go out in a different area of Ag.

    Hope that helps. Good luck with your schooling.
     
  4. lilmoore91

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    I was thinking of choosing something to do with ag. I'm just exploring all my options and seeing anyone really made something out of an equine science degree. I am trying to stay optimistic I guess. I could always go for Equine Science degree and then think about Vet school again.
    But the thought has definitely run across my mind of keeping barn life separate from work life. Only because I've always heard a landscaper doesn't want to come home and work on his own yard after working on other yards all day long. But Thanks. i have figure it out eventually.
     
  5. Hermymyboy

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    there's an equine science course at my Agricultural College...
    You can work in feed companies, equine research labs, become a lecturer, horse insurance, marketing, you can use it as a foundation & continue on to equine massage...
    Personally, I'm doing equine & agricultural business management... A lot more opportunities...
    Word of advice - Go for a practical horse course with work experience & speak to people who have done it and are now working!
     
  6. southernkb

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    If you are looking for an Equine Science Degree (Associates), I would highly suggest that you continue on for an Equine Studies Degree with a concentration in business (bachelors). That will open alot more doors for you if things dont go well with the horse thing.

    I have part of an equine science degree... its really nice... I would finish, but after a recent surgery its just not practical for me anymore. Just keep in mind that if you go for a degree with a concentration in training... will you have a back up if you can no longer train horses?
     
  7. Crazy4Bays

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    I go to Colorado State University and as a freshman, wanted to get my Equine Sciences degree. And honestly, as much as I love this college and this program, I soon found out it is extremely unrealistic to have only that degree. I am now double majoring in Equine and Animal Sciences with a minor in Business and plan to get my Master's. A lot of my friends are double majoring or getting a minor in Ag Business, Business, or Animal Sciences as well. As good of a time I'm having in my classes and as much as I'm learning, there's just nothing that you can really do with it.

    Do you know what you want to do in the future career wise?
     
  8. JinxedDream

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    At one time I wanted that degree too but now I'm in Agriculture Business, a Bachelor of Commerce degree. I love it! I've gone on job shadows with grads and the job opportunities are endless. I would definitely recommend looking at business degrees. They actually cancelled the master's program at my school because nobody ever comes back. Even in a recession, you'll get a job. What will change is your income but you'll always have work. Thats just what I've been told.
     
  9. PatrioticPOA

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    I'm getting my bachelors in Animal Science and going on to vet school.

    Talking to my councilor, it was completely impractical to do the Equine Science major if I was choosing just to stick with Equine Science and not continuing to vet school. As some of the others said, it is a very narrow field that usually requires more schooling and very minimal jobs.


    There is a book you might be interested in that has jobs related to all things Equine. It's called Careers with Horses. It details job opportunities, what degree you will need, job description and an interview from a professional.


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  10. lilmoore91

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    Well as for what I have in mind of what I want to do, I don't know. That's why I was wondering about the degree and what the options are like. Ag business has run across my mind and I heard there are really good opportunities especially being a woman.

    As far always having to work, I don't mind. If I do that, I just want to do something I love.
    Confucius said "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life"
    I definitely want that to happen with whatever I decide to pursue.

    And I'm not going to train. I know there are people that can teach and people that can ride and people that can both ride and teach. I think I'm stuck in the category of just riding and working with myself. Training hasn't really ever been option.

    it sounds like I'm really going to want to do something involved with agriculture.
     






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