Many interesting, fulfilling and lucrative career paths lie within the equine industry. If you love riding and caring for horses, you can turn your talents and passion into a lifetime of working closely with these powerful and hardworking creatures.
There are more professional environments in the field than you might think, from established equine sales and marketing firms to community outreach organizations. Equines—like horses, donkeys and mules—are often trained for specific work, kept and exercised for recreation or therapeutic purposes and raced or shown competitively. Racetracks, barns, horseback riding facilities and breeding operations employ those who maintain the health and wellness of equines as well as those who manage the daily business operations.
Some opportunities are opened through bachelor’s degree-level education in the discipline of equine studies, while some involve further qualifications. If you have always dreamed of merging your career goals with your love of horses, take a look at this comprehensive list of career paths in the equine industry.
While we don’t use horses and buggies to get around much these days, horses are still ridden recreationally and professionally. Whether it’s training horses for high-level competitions, instructing amateur riders, guiding the general community on trail rides or riding in shows to earn prize money, the following careers are great ways to work with horses daily:
If your dream job is to become a professional horseback rider or trainer in any of these roles, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the field of equine studies or equine science can ensure you gain hands-on training in the care and training of horses.
Daily, hands-on care of horses is a crucial aspect of equine enterprises. Farriers are experts at hoof care, and grooms perform a variety of daily maintenance tasks. Additionally, there are professionals in equine nutrition and equine medicine who are trained to maintain the health and wellness of horses under their care.
Studying equine science, a subset of equine studies, one becomes prepared with essential knowledge and applications of equine anatomy, physiology and pharmacology to pursue the qualifying further education of professional career paths like equine pharmacist or veterinarian of equine medicine.
Professional therapists and mental health workers are also employed within the equine industry. These individuals work to design and execute animal-assisted treatment plans for patients and participants with a variety of needs. This growing sector, called equine-assisted therapeutics, truly illustrates the vast abilities of horses and other equines to be a part of emotional and physical therapy for humans.
While earning a bachelor’s degree in equine studies, with a specialization in equine-assisted therapeutics, can help students find entry-level employment at some facilities, professional therapists, mental health counselors and other professional or director-level roles require graduate education and certification.
Those with education in equine studies, equine science or breeding management can find career opportunities in the industry’s various business environments. Whether it’s managing a working farm or barn or contributing to the success of a professional racetrack or breeding facility, those equipped with the necessary financial skills and experience in business administration practices can become leaders and decision-makers in the field.
Sales and marketing are large portions of the broader equine industry. There are job opportunities in marketing and selling of an equine organization’s services, facilitating the sale of horses to new owners and selling bulk feed or other resources to barns and tracks, just to name a few.
To work in equine sales, you’ll need extensive knowledge of the physical condition of equines as well as the specific needs and goals of the industry. In Asbury’s equine programs, there’s flexibility to learn business strategies and enhanced communication skills alongside extensive equine knowledge. The following are some job titles in this equine career path:
Anyone motivated to pursue advanced positions in the business side of the industry could open further management or executive-level opportunities by attending graduate school in business, accounting, marketing or related fields.
By completing in-field experiences and studying a curriculum informed by the latest practices, Asbury’s equine program graduates mold resumes that lead to careers. The following are positions across the country held by former equine students at Asbury:
Some students find opportunities for advanced careers in professional fields like business or equine medical care by pursuing graduate degrees. Former undergraduates in our B.A. in Equine Science and the B.A. in Equine Studies programs have continued their education at nationally-known universities such as:
They’ve also entered Asbury’s Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program with an enhanced equine course focus.
There is a vast range of careers within the equine industry, all with varying degrees of necessary education and training. Choosing to go to college for equine studies is one way to progress your knowledge of horses and horse care as well as your technical riding skills while preparing for career paths in business, medicine, education and more.
Asbury’s flexible majors and minors empower students to learn a secondary skill set to fuel a dual career pathway. Disciplines like business administration, psychology or media communications, for example, complement equestrian-specific knowledge and skills.
When you pursue a career through Asbury’s bachelor’s degree programs in equine studies or equine science or through our specialized MBA, you graduate equipped with industry knowledge and impactful hands-on work experience. We offer multiple degree concentrations designed to prepare students for specialized pathways in the field.
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