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You can take the horse away from the cowgirl, but you can’t take the horse craziness out of a cowgirl. For all my horse crazy cowgirls out there, here are some horse related degrees you can study in college! 

Equine Science

An Equine Science degree broadly covers all functions of the horse in a scientific matter, such as breeding, nutrition, genetics, and more. It can either be an Associate or Bachelor’s. It can also be an Animal Science degree with a concentration in Equine. The class courses include Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Reproduction, Equine Issues, and more. This degree will help to gain a position in the equine industry or to continue your education into veterinary school. 

Equine Assisted Therapy

This degree can be seen as a degree in itself, a concentration in others, or a certification. It goes by many names, but overall, it is the study of using a horse to benefit a person’s therapy. 

The courses needed would include Biology and Psychology. This will help to gain a career in hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, or other variants.  

Equine Business Management

The Equine Business Management degree teaches students how to operate horse facilities. It focuses on the commercial aspect of the horse industry, such as large scale breeding, riding schools, performance horse operations, and more. The mandatory courses would include Business Management, Accounting, etc. Some colleges have this as a stand alone degree, others have it as a concentration under Business Management. 

Equine Production

Equine Production will teach students the daily operations of a horse facility, along with proper equine care, basics of running a horse business, genetics, and more. This degree is often seen as a concentration under Animal Science or Equine Science. Some of the mandatory courses include Reproduction, Anatomy and Physiology, and Marketing. 

Equestrian Science 

Also known as Equestrian Sports Science degree, the Equestrian Science degree is the application of sports science to equestrian events. Students will learn about riding, training, anatomy, nutrition, and other related topics. This will allow for a career in the horse industry, specifically at riding schools.