Horse Husbandry is a phrase you don’t hear much. However, maybe you’ve heard of horse health, horse care, horse nutrition, horse breeding, horse management of equine sciences. Horse husbandry and equine science entails everything involved with raising, rearing, caring for and breeding all types of horses with various objectives in mind. If you love horses, then a career in horse husbandry might be right down your alley. Most career positions in this industry, especially those involved with breeding, will require an advanced degree or certificate from a reputable college or university that offers an accredited program in horse husbandry and/or equine sciences.
While there are several career paths you can pursue with a degree in horse husbandry, the most common, and highest paying, is that of horse breeder or equine breeder. As the name suggests, horse breeders are responsible for breeding horses. However, they are also responsible for maintaining and improving certain characteristics of the a breed or blood line from one generation to the next. They are also tasked with the job of producing new horses that exhibit certain traits, such as color, strength, behavior and speed.
If you’re really interested in a career with horses, you can begin your education in high school by taking courses in animal sciences, anatomy, physiology, and nutrition. You may also consider pursuing a bachelor’s degree in horse husbandry and equine sciences. Horse husbandry and equine science programs at the college level are designed to prepare students to manage the selection, care, breeding, and maintenance of athletic, work, and show horses; and to manage horse farms, tracks, stables, and related equipment and operations. Programs usually include in depth instruction in applicable principles of horse care, science, and health; design and operation of facilities and equipment; stable and track management; and related issues such as business management; regulations, and logistics.
In addition to formal education, work experience is an important part of learning how to work with and manage horses. Througout high school and college you should look for opportunities to work as animal caretakers on farms, at clinics and other facilities where horses are raised, cared for and managed.
The following colleges and universities provide majors and degree programs in Horse Husbandry and Equine Science. While a bachelor’s degree is usually sufficient to qualify for entry-level careers, more and more employers are seeking job candidates with a master’s degree in horse husbandry and equine sciences from a good college.
- Cazenovia College Cazenovia, NY
- Cecil College North East, MD
- Clinton Community College Clinton, IA
- Colby Community College Colby, KS
- Feather River College Quincy, CA
- Johnson & Wales University: Providence Providence, RI
- Lake Erie College Painesville, OH
- Linn-Benton Community College Albany, OR
- Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills, CA
- Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
- Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute Wooster, OH
- Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell, OK
- Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
- Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
- Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT
- St. Mary-of-the-Woods College St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN
- State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville Morrisville, NY
- Stephens College Columbia, MO
- Tiffin University Tiffin, OH
- University of Wisconsin-River Falls River Falls, WI
- Weatherford College Weatherford, TX
- Wilmington College Wilmington, OH