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Mount Ida College - Equine Management

May 14, 2008
Mount Ida College is located in Newton Centre, Massachusetts and is a four-year private nonprofit college. Mount Ida College offers students the opportunity to pursue either an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree. One of the many degree programs that is offered is a Bachelor's degree program in Equine Management.

The Bachelor's degree program in Equine Management covers many different areas of the equine industry including horse care, stable management, competition preparation, riding, and training. Many of the courses are taught with continual hands on practice by the professional faculty at the off campus Equestrian Center. Much of the coursework that is provided is focused specifically on today's hunt seat riders with many of the students competing in Hunter/Jumper shows through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).

The curriculum includes many different animal science courses as well as business and liberal arts courses to provide students with a very well rounded education that will prepare them for anything that the equine industry has to offer. Students are also able to tailor the program to meet any specific needs or desires that they want to achieve. Some of the elective classes that can be incorporated into the program are communications, marketing, and psychology courses. The equine management major also has internships that students can participate in that will give them access to many different outside experiences that they would not normally be available to them in a classroom. This will also give students the chance to build a network of references that will be available to them once they graduate. Some of the students from Mount Ida have trained with equine massage therapist, worked on breeding farms with foals, helped to prepare young horses for the racetrack and also have learned to groom during the show circuits that are held during the winter break.

Students who graduate from the Equine Management Program are fully qualified for employment positions in a number of equine related areas including:

Managing Boarding Stables

Managing Breeding Farms


Riding Stable Manager

Assistant Riding Stable Manager



Sales and Marketing of Equine Apparel and Products

Work on the Staff of any Equine Publication Company

Events/Promotions Manager

To complete the Equine Management Degree Program, students are required to take a total of 122 hours of courses. This includes some of the basic core requirements along with some of the more advanced courses and riding courses. Some of the basic courses that students must complete are:

Composition and Literature I

Composition and Literature II

Elements of College Algebra

Introduction to Psychology



Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

History or Literature Elective

Public Speaking

Students are also required to take several equine and business classes that include:


Introduction to Business

Equine Science I

Concepts in Health Management

Equine Science II

Animal Science and Physiology I

Principles of Management

Training and Judging I

Training and Judging II

Animal Anatomy and Physiology II

Principles of Financial Accounting

Methods of Riding Instruction

Financial Management

Business Law I

Equine Breeding and Reproduction

Current Issues in Business, Economics, and Management

Business Communication

Small Business Management

Farrier Science

Business Policy

Externship I

The Mount Ida College Equine Management Program has such a strong reputation that often time's job openings will become available to Mount Ida students long before they are advertised to the general public.

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