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This means you need to be just as carefully prepared for a horse careers as you would be in any other company. Are you considering an associated or a two-year riding or equestrian education qualification? Are you looking for a "practical" programme that will take several lessons per night in the stable, in additions to the general training lesson times and the main horse classes?
Graduation can offer a basic knowledge of horse back training, training, nursing and leadership (plus the Liberal Arts Key Courses) that will help you find an entry-level position - such as Junior Managers or Junior Trainers - with a good stable in which to pursue your training. "We' re getting a great many phone hits from companies that have recruited our alumni in the past and think they have a good work morale and horse experience," says Robin Koehler, Associate Prof. and consultant to about 100 University of Findlay's Equine Programme in Findlay, Ohio.
Traineeships and Sommerjobs, which familiarise you with extra possibilities in the horse sector and help design your training schedules, give you the opportunity to find out whether you really like working with a horse full-time.
Early recognition that this is not the desired careers may result in some or all of your horse credit being credited to a four-year (or more) qualification that expands your options. "Starting with a two-year horse programme at Morrisville College, State University of New York, I thought I wanted to be a vet, but I wanted to be more practice-oriented," says Dr. Jennifer Nadeau.
Experiences led her to conclude that the gruelling bodily requirements of the horse veterinarian setting were not for her; she switched to a four-year programme at the University of Kentucky and then went on to study (comparative and experiential medicine) at the University of Tennessee. Today, she is a Cooperative Extension horse expert, holds a doctorate in horse nutrition, as well as teaching at the University of Connecticut's Equity Programme (Storrs, Connecticut), which provides two-year and four-year horse sciences.
It' s great to work for a career you love," he says. "Horsewalking, training, teaching: "Almost every pupil who joins our programme is hoping to become a coach; only a few of them want to teach," says Laura Ward, president of the William Woods Horse Department (Fulton, Missouri), whose four-year graduate diploma in equine sciences is intended for those interested in a career in horse education and management and/or horse training.
However, as senior citizens, these learners recognise that the labour force for four-year-old equine economics and prospective horse training professionals is largely made up of entry-level jobs where "you end up being the educator and coach and stable managers and the individual who purchases food and makes show entries". "The University of Findlay is one of the many institutions that promotes (and offers) a four-year dual Major - Equestrianism ( Equestrianism, Westernriding or Equine Business Management) as well as Business, Technology Management or other interests - to secure careers opportunities.
"Only a few of our pupils are just graduating riding. Besides the conventional training and stable management posts, our double majors take on vacancies at breeding organisations or horse company market departments," says Robin Köhler. Graduating with a four-year horse diploma can help find a position at a privately run college with a riding programme.
Heading the equestrian programme at the Academy of Sacred Heart (Grand Coteau, La.) was deSaix Tankersley's first assignment after completing his studies at Virginia Intermont College (VIC) in Bristol, Va. with a four-year equine economics diploma. "Teaching beginner to intermediate level horsemen aged six to seventeen, I supervise the running of a snowboarding stable and equestrian area.
Sue Coen, a Lake Erie alumnus, says he leads the Foxcroft School' equestrian programme, while others teach at the Andrews School for Girls. Healthcare: If you are interested in veterinarian practices, research or horse healthcare, the four-year Bachelor of Science course - probably in the Faculty of Animal Sciences of a Horse Concentrated College - is the basis of your study paradigm leading to a Master's or even Doctorate qualification.
Researchers are really looking for individuals who not only know the horse, but also the science," says Dr. Nadeau. Further opportunities in horse healthcare after completing the four-year course of study are admission as a sales agent in the expanding range of animal medicines or as an animal engineer.
It'?s business: Getting on the farms "without a pitchfork," says Dr. Robert Lawrence, Chairman of the Department of Equine Commerce at the University of Louisville (Louisville, Ky.), "a sound economics background is essential - as UL's success story in matching college students with well-paid equine professionals shows. "So long as they're willing to go anywhere, we'll get them a position at the top.
" UL's strict four-year equestrian programs are designed to "take an art and science center, then a business center, then our class. You can gain practical horse training on your own horse - running horse gallops near Churchill Downs or working on one of the thoroughbred ranches - but the farm itself has no sheds, no horseback rides and no horse.
" Dr. Lawrence sees in the horse business: Manager for new horse facilities: Manager of these places need to know horse and horse owners who know finances and how to handle the general population. "You want someone who enjoys working with dates and wants to be on a horse ranch.
" UL alumni find career opportunities in the thoroughbred race sports sector, others are lawyers specializing in horse rights, writing for horse magazines and working in direct sales and distribution for businesses such as Summit rubber product, EquiSource and Churchill Downs as well as organisations such as USA Equestrian.
Having a four-year business administration graduate, Dr. Lawrence points out, "You are qualified for any position that demands that degree. "therapeutical riding: In 1996, when St. Andrews Presbyterian College (Laurinburg, N.C.) began to offer a four-year course in Horse Therapy (TR), it was the first US college to do so.
A number of other colleges now provide TR diplomas or a TR focus within a horse programme, says Pebbles Turbeville, St. Andrews TR Programme Manager, "and careers prospects are also increasing. There were more contact looking for jobs than there were older people who had completed the programme last year.
" Your college works in close collaboration with the NARHA (North America Training for the Handicapped Association) and prepares graduates for NARHA accreditation. The St. Andrews' Equine Business course (offered by the School's Department of Business and Economics) forms the basis for the TR programme: "If you are a student interested in TR and don't have the horse backgrounds you need, and you are really enthusiastic, you can learn from Equine Business classes.
" Pebbles says the best TR graduates are "compassionate and tolerant, teach well and like children and horse. "Completion of the course demands basic riding skills and a solid foundation in disciplines from developmental psychology and human physiology to training in TR training technologies. Horse use as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool, a relatively new development in welfare work and psychological treatment, is the focal point of a new small campus at Virginia Intermont College (VI) in Bristol, Virginia.
If a student integrates the minors into a four-year equine or social work qualification, they are certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EGALA) and are eligible to support certified practitioners who use equine work with young and old. Horse landlords can also see that the ECALA certificate offers a further benefit which they can provide - and thus a further revenue stream - if they teach in a horse training programme or run a shed.
Published for the first time in the December 2001 edition of Practical Horseman.