Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies
Saddle Up for an Equestrian Career with an Equine Studies Degree
This program is offered on Campus and Online.
Whether your love of horses stemmed from when you were young or you have developed an affinity for these magnificent animals over time, you can turn that passion into a career. As a student in Post University’s equine studies program, you can nurture this passion and train for a rewarding career as an equine veterinary assistant, horse trainer, barn manager, riding instructor, or business owner.
With Post University’s B.S. in Equine Studies online degree program, you have the opportunity earn the degree and gain the skills you need for long-term career growth and maintain your current responsibilities at home and at work.
Our equine degree program explores every aspect of the industry, including equine science, combined with personalized instruction in safe barn practices, horse management, and facility operation in a range of settings. A program-wide emphasis on interpersonal communication provides graduates with a framework for developing skills to collaborate and communicate with established professionals in the equine industry.
In addition to the core curriculum, we offer four elective options and concentrations, all of which can help you build a strong academic foundation and practical experience in the field. This will allow you to focus on specific aspects of equine study to align with personal interests or professional goals. Our academic success counselors will work with you one-on-one to help you determine the right path for an education that prepares you for the future.
This program can help you build a robust skills and knowledge base in equine care and stable management. It offers insight for real-world, problem-solving activities within your concentration area as well as providing a broad overview of the diverse information, theories, and practices in the equine industry outside of your concentration. It can help you prepare for ethical and professional practice in the equine care industry by balancing practical, legal, fiscal, and humane concerns with a clear set of personal values, as well as an understanding of ethical thought and action applied in the field. It also covers business-management tools such as marketing, management, accounting, and law as they apply to the equine industry. And it investigates how to leverage technology and contemporary information to innovate in the service of better industry practices. Plus, it offers a chance to earn a micro-credential, an added professional distinction that looks great on resume or online profile.
What Can You Do with a BS in Equine Studies Degree?
An equine major can prepare you to step into a leadership role in any equestrian setting. Job settings can include veterinary practices, horse riding instruction facilities, and more.
At Post University, our goal is to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in equestrian careers throughout Connecticut and the U.S., and we are committed to being with you every step of the way during your educational journey.
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Equine Studies Concentrations
Add to your Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies degree with a concentration in one of the below.
Business Management – Campus and Online
Though we cover business principles throughout the major, this concentration is for students who want to start and manage a thriving equine business. Courses include a range of basic and advanced business topics that support your goals.
Equestrian Coaching – Campus and Online
With an emphasis on safe and productive teaching, as well as equine and human biomechanics, the bachelor’s in equine studies degree with a concentration in equestrian coaching prepares you to teach horsemanship to pupils of all abilities. A variety of outside instructor certifications are available to advance your education and career.
Equine Wellness – Campus
Whether you’re interested in barn management or physical rehabilitation, working hands-on with horses requires a deep understanding of their biology and well-being. In the bachelor in equine studies degree with a concentration in equine wellness, you will study equine locomotion and medical management and then choose electives from the sciences, hoof trimming, equine massage, or veterinary assisting.
Interdisciplinary - Campus and Online
Your search for equestrian schools in Connecticut or Online is over, but your future is just beginning. Contact Post University today for more information about our equine studies program.
Equine Studies FAQs
What is an equine studies degree?
An equine studies degree prepares students for a rewarding career as a barn manager, riding instructor, business owner, and more. Students attending on campus can study to prepare for work as a hoof trimmer or equine veterinary assistant as well.
The equine degree program will help you explore every aspect of the industry, providing personalized instruction in safe and effective horse management and extending your learning into an area of specialty that will support your career goals.
How long does it take to get an equine studies degree?
The normal time to completion of an equine studies degree is four years. Before enrolling in our accelerated degree program, prospective students must prove they have independent access to hands-on work with a horse for the core Stable Management Experience course. Campus students will attend hands-on lab classes instead.
Can you major in equine studies?
Yes! Students in the Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies degree program benefit from a broad study of the equine industry and build robust skills and a knowledge base in equine care and stable management. As a student in the program, you’ll develop critical thinking and communication skills that are valuable in the professional environment.
Do you need a degree to work with horses?
While you don’t need a degree to work with horses, a degree can provide useful skills and sound footing in the equine industry, ensuring that graduates are comfortable collaborating and communicating with established professionals.
You’ll prepare for ethical and professional practice in the equine industry by balancing practical, legal, fiscal, and humane concerns with a clear set of personal values, as well as an understanding of ethical thought and action applied in the field. You’ll develop the ability to evaluate information and use it effectively in the service of better industry practices.
Can you get an equine studies degree online?
Yes! With Post’s online platform, those working in the industry can maintain their current obligations while broadening their understanding of the equine field and lay the groundwork for future career opportunities and potential advancement.
Post offers three equine studies concentrations both online and on campus, Equine Business Management, Equestrian Coaching, and Interdisciplinary, along with an additional Equine Wellness concentration available only on campus. These options enable students to start and manage a thriving equine business, work hands-on with horses or with horses and humans together, or customize their courses to focus on the areas that interest them most.
What classes are required for equine studies?
Post’s equine studies degree requires a total of 120 program credits including: 60 general education credits, 54 major, core, and concentration credits, and 6 college to career core credits.
- Exploring the Equine Industry
- Equine Care and Management
- Facility Design and Operation
- Equine Biology
- Equine Nutrition
- Equine Business Ethics
Check out the course catalog to view all degree requirements.
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