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University Of Minnesota-Crookston - Equine Science Degree

May 12, 2008
The University of Minnesota-Crookston in located in Crookston, Minnesota. This university offers a B.S. and Associates degree in Equine Science. UMC focuses on the management and business aspect of the equine industry. Students will be provided a very balanced education with knowledge in all areas of the equine field including daily care, nutrition, health care, exercise and training, business, and management. Graduates of the program will have knowledge in the theory and practice of nutrition, health, physiology, and reproduction along with knowledge of equine ownership responsibilities. They will also be well versed in management theories and be trained to use a variety of different types of software and marketing strategies related to the equine industry. Along with the management skills, graduates will also have highly developed horsemanship skills and will be able to train horses with all types of temperaments and conformation. This will give graduates the greatest opportunity to find employment in any field of the equine industry. Some of the different careers that are available include:

Bloodstock Management and sales

Breed Association Specialist/Administrator

Buyer or Pedigree Evaluator

Drug and Pharmaceutical Co. Management and Sales

Equine Appraiser

Equine Nutrition and Feed Sales

Equine Industry Journalist

Equine Reproduction Specialist

Equitation or Riding Instructor

Equestrian Team Coach or Youth Worker

Extension Educator

Guest Ranch Manager

Horse Trainer

Horse Show Manager

Horse Equipment Representative

Horse Judge

Horse Farm Ranch Manager

Professional in Marketing or Advertising

Stable Manager

Stud Farm Manager or Assistant

Therapeutic Riding Specialist

Students that are involved in the Equine Program will work with a variety of the 40 horses that are permanent fixtures at the UMC stables. Students will care for these horses to gain hands-on experience by training, riding, grooming, breeding, and showing all of the different breeds that the school has. Students are not assigned to a particular horse unless they are in a training or showing class, instead, students will ride and work with different horses so that they will be able to gain experience in dealing with horses with different temperaments and conformation. Along with using the campuses horses, all students are issued a laptop computer that they will use on a daily basis along with any of the relevant software that their coursework requires. This makes graduates highly sought after because they have many different equine skills and many technological skills that graduates from other schools will not have.

The University Teaching and Outreach Center is located on the north end of the UMC campus and has a number of great features that include:

Faculty offices

Interactive television classroom and networked classrooms

Science lab

90 x 120 foot heated indoor arena with seating for 205 people

45 stalls with automatic waterers

Western, hunt seat, all-purpose and saddleseat equipment and tack


Boot wash rack

Laundry room

Locker room


Paddocks for turnout

Tack room

Horse wash rack

Breeding phantom and stocks

Driving carts and harnesses

Students can also participate in many of the schools equine related clubs. The IHSA riding team participates in Zone 9, Regions 3 portion of the IHSA. Members can participate in either Western or English events at a number of shows. Students can also join the Horsemans Association. The purpose of the Horsemans Association is to provide information to the community about equine science, compete at colleges in the interest of horsemanship, provide a support group for students interested in horsemanship skills, visit businesses pertaining to the equine industry, and to provide social activities for it members.

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Ron Petracek was raised in Southern Idaho with horses and the great outdoors. With this continued passion He now shares through a a vast equine network. Learn more by clicking the links below. Amazing Equine Network System - Buy Sell or trade anything equine related. Get More Horse Classified coverage and distribution with less cost and work. Award Winning Horse Forum
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