National Farriers Week on July, 2018: Good colleges to major in equine?

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Good colleges to major in equine?

I have an Equine Studies degree from Virginia Intermont College and had an AMAZING college experience.

With regards to riding: 3 of the 4 years I was there we won IHSA Nationals, all 4 years I was there we were the National Tournament of Champions Overall Series Champion Team, 2 back to back IDA National Champions, 2004 ANRC National Champion Team. Intermont is the only college in the nation to place all three varsity teams in the top five at the 2003, 2004, and 2005 and 2006 IHSA, IDA, and ANRC Nationals. Professors are fully understanding to missing class due to shows and have no problem allowing you to take tests early, help you get notes for missed classes, and make up missed work. As for the trainers... they are so much fun! The director and IHSA coach is the most fun(ny) person in the entire world! They also offer riding scholarships.

For academics/campus life: Very small class sizes is so wonderful! Your professors know you on a first name basis and you really get to be friends with them- they genuinely care. Some have cookouts for their classes at their houses, organize picnics, one even invited students over for Thanksgiving that weren't able to go home. There is an Honors Program that is very competitive. The campus is small and you get to know everyone pretty easily. As for the Dining Hall- the food is amazing- once a week they have specialty lunches where they have stations set up for made to order food. Student support services is just great- this is where you go if you have to take a test early or something. Being a liberal arts college they give you a well rounded education.

Equine Studies: Many of my classmates went on to become professional riders/trainers. My best friend opened up her own rehab barn specializing in eye cases, my other best friend opened up her own boarding barn where she teaches. Many others went on to vet school, and one is even now a trainer working with another colleges equine program. The Riding Center is located on a 132-acre farm 10 minutes from the main campus. They have 95 stalls, two large indoor arenas, a 350’ x 200’ outdoor arena, a cross-country course, 10 paddocks, a classroom, and a viewing room. A 28-stall border barn is available for private horses. As for classes here is what they offer:

Fundamentals of Riding (multiple levels)

Intro Show Ring Competition I

Intro Show Ring Competition II

Stable Management I

Stable Management II

Schooling Techniques

Therapeutic Riding

Horse Show Management & Judging

Methods of Teaching

Equine Nutrition

Farrier Science

Equine Anatomy/Physiology/First Aid

Methods of Teaching II

Conformation & Selection

Equine Business Management

Equine Health Management

Equine Health & Breeding

And then there are elective classes you have to choose from such as: Dressage, Combined Training, Beginning Training Methods, Show Jumping Practicum, Applied Schooling, Show Hunter Practicum, Training Theory, etc. There are multiple workshops offered from Equine Law to Instructor Certification. Also, one of the professors (who has been published in Equus Magazine) offers many opportunities to participate in her research projects for credit.

So yeah I prolly went a little overboard answering this but I really just cant speak high enough of Virginia Intermont as they provided me with some of the best years of my life! They provided me with some of the best friends in the world and great professional contacts. I was even able to go work at a barn in California where they had horses that had been in movies there- pretty cool stuff!

Good luck in your hunt and hope I gave you the info you were looking for!

EDIT: If you are looking for a big university experience rather than a small college I'd recommend Virginia Tech- awesome program and a great school. Oh and someone earlier posted about Cazenovia College- they are great! The horse I rode at nationals was from there and he was SO nice and one of our trainers at VI (Amy Sherrick) switched and began working there and she is such a great trainer/rider and is just insanely knowledgeable.

What is the cost of owning a horse? Help! Please!?

What is the cost of owning a horse? Help! Please!?

depends on whether you are stabling or paddocking as feed costs quite a bit, 2 bales of hay a week, 1 bale of straw or sawdust, any hard feed?

Hopefully you wont need a vet all that often, you only need to worm every 12 weeks not every month, teeth once a year, less if the horse is in a paddock.

Probably once you have the horse and all the gear you need, the main costs would be feed, agistment and fuel to get to horse shows.

Don't count up the costs that is way too scary, just enjoy the experience of having a horse.

Ive had horses for more than 30 years (over 20years in the show ring, showjumping or 3 day eventing) and i would have spent 100's of thousands of dollars, but you get so much out of horses that it is worth every penny.

Im in Australia, so the costs wouldn't be the same- sorry i cant help that way

Great horse programs in college?

Great horse programs in college?

Someone just asked this yesterday and I answered it so I'm just pasting the same answer so sorry to people that read my previous answer but it's thorough and speaking from experience so here I go... :) Let me know if you want me to enable email and contact you because I can give you ridiculous amounts of info about IHSA--- unfortunately I know nothing about journalism... if you aren't interested in a small school I let you know what I know of the colleges in the area- ex- VA Tech has a great program...

I have an Equine Studies degree from Virginia Intermont College and had an AMAZING college experience.

With regards to riding: 3 of the 4 years I was there we won IHSA Nationals, all 4 years I was there we were the National Tournament of Champions Overall Series Champion Team, 2 back to back IDA National Champions, 2004 ANRC National Champion Team. Intermont is the only college in the nation to place all three varsity teams in the top five at the 2003, 2004, and 2005 and 2006 IHSA, IDA, and ANRC Nationals. Professors are fully understanding to missing class due to shows and have no problem allowing you to take tests early, help you get notes for missed classes, and make up missed work. As for the trainers... they are so much fun! The director and IHSA coach is the most fun(ny) person in the entire world! They also offer riding scholarships.

For academics/campus life: Very small class sizes is so wonderful! Your professors know you on a first name basis and you really get to be friends with them- they genuinely care. Some have cookouts for their classes at their houses, organize picnics, one even invited students over for Thanksgiving that weren't able to go home. There is an Honors Program that is very competitive. The campus is small and you get to know everyone pretty easily. As for the Dining Hall- the food is amazing- once a week they have specialty lunches where they have stations set up for made to order food. Student support services is just great- this is where you go if you have to take a test early or something. Being a liberal arts college they give you a well rounded education.

Equine Studies: Many of my classmates went on to become professional riders/trainers. My best friend opened up her own rehab barn specializing in eye cases, my other best friend opened up her own boarding barn where she teaches. Many others went on to vet school, and one is even now a trainer working with another colleges equine program. The Riding Center is located on a 132-acre farm 10 minutes from the main campus. They have 95 stalls, two large indoor arenas, a 350’ x 200’ outdoor arena, a cross-country course, 10 paddocks, a classroom, and a viewing room. A 28-stall border barn is available for private horses. As for classes here is what they offer:

Fundamentals of Riding (multiple levels)

Intro Show Ring Competition I

Intro Show Ring Competition II

Stable Management I

Stable Management II

Schooling Techniques

Therapeutic Riding

Horse Show Management & Judging

Methods of Teaching

Equine Nutrition

Farrier Science

Equine Anatomy/Physiology/First Aid

Methods of Teaching II

Conformation & Selection

Equine Business Management

Equine Health Management

Equine Health & Breeding

And then there are elective classes you have to choose from such as: Dressage, Combined Training, Beginning Training Methods, Show Jumping Practicum, Applied Schooling, Show Hunter Practicum, Training Theory, etc. There are multiple workshops offered from Equine Law to Instructor Certification. Also, one of the professors (who has been published in Equus Magazine) offers many opportunities to participate in her research projects for credit.

So yeah I prolly went a little overboard answering this but I really just cant speak high enough of Virginia Intermont as they provided me with some of the best years of my life! They provided me with some of the best friends in the world and great professional contacts. I was even able to go work at a barn in California where they had horses that had been in movies there- pretty cool stuff!

Good luck!

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