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How can I start a career in Equine Studies/Science?

I live in Minnesota, and I am looking for a career that can help me in my dream career, which is to work with equines. I have been riding horses for a while now, and I want to share that experience with other people. What are some fields that I could go into that are related to this, or that involve riding? Thanks!

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Tawney’s Answer

Hi Sydney!

I love this question as my coworker's daughter is going into equine therapy. Though equine studies/science isn't my expertise, I found an article on SMWC.edu from September 2020 that you might find useful, "10 careers you can have with an equine studies degree". I'll share the link for you to learn more, yet below are the 10 careers they discuss to get you started. I'm sure there are some that aren't on their list. Also, research in your area or online to try to meet with those working in any field that stands out to you. Learn the good/not-so-good about each choice before investing too much time. Plus, you might happen upon a mentor that can help you on your journey!
(Link: https://www.smwc.edu/10-careers-you-can-have-with-an-equine-studies-degree-blog-sep-20/)

1. Breeding manager
2. Barn/stable owner
3. Horse trainer
4. Course designer
5. Rodeo crew member
6. Horse show manager
7. Horse care technician
8. Exercise rider
9. Riding coach
10. Transportation specialist

Best wishes!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, Tawney! I have really been researching online careers that I could go into, but I wasn't sure. There are a lot of fields out there, and I have always wanted to continue in my career. Thank you for narrowing down some options! I never knew that you could make a career out of being a Course Designer! Thank you, again! - Sydney Sydney
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Danielle’s Answer

Hi Sydney! I'm glad I found your question! Regarding all things Equine, Centenary University is the place to go. I actually attended there for 2 years. It's a very hands on experience with horses, and Centenary is loaded with knowledgeable professors, great horses and great experiences. You actually get credits for riding too which is a big plus! Centenary also brought people from all over the country so I got to meet a lot of great people when I was there. It is also so easy to get involved with horse shows, clinics, etc. This place really allows all their equine students to flourish!!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for this thought! I did not know that this was there, and it is only 30 minutes away from where I live. This really is the best option for me, and now I am aware of it. Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer my question. Have a happy Thanksgiving! Sydney
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