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Equestrian Studies


Equestrian studies programs teach people to ride and care for horses.

Equestrian studies programs include topics such as:


In equestrian studies programs, students may focus on:


Several community colleges and other two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in equestrian studies. These are often horse or farrier science programs. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Some colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in equestrian studies. They might also be offered as part of an animal science program. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer graduate degrees in equestrian studies. Graduate programs are usually offered as part of an animal science or related program. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Most programs have extensive on-site facilities where you gain hands-on experience. Many of your courses will take place in barns, indoor or outdoor rings, or on riding trails.

Things to Know

Equestrian studies programs are sometimes called equine studies or equestrian science.

Some programs only offer instruction in one kind of riding technique (English or Western).

Many private schools and stables teach horsemanship and equine animal care. They may teach students to ride in competitions, train horses, and manage their care.

Equestrians wear long pants or riding breeches, leather boots or shoes with low heels, and protective headgear. Most schools require that you buy riding pants and boots or shoes. Helmets may be provided.

A background in equestrian studies is considered good preparation for veterinary medical school.

For information about 4-H activities and riding clubs, contact your local county extension service office.


King-Snohomish Area

Mission Farrier School