Equine Studies Majors

Equestrian Facility Management

Equine Business & Facility Management is designed for students interested in the management of any type of equine facility. In addition to the core equine studies courses, students take upper level business courses that prepare them for careers within the horse industry such as equine pharmaceutical sales and marketing, equine nutrition, insurance, and equine vacations. The equine industry is represented by nearly 7 million horses and has an annual economic impact of over $100 billion in the United States. This is an excellent choice for students who aspire to a business-oriented career in the industry.

Equestrian Teacher/Trainer

Equestrian Teacher/Trainer is designed for students with sufficient knowledge, athletic skill and dedication to follow a career path in riding & training horses and instructing riders. In addition to the core equine studies courses (including business) students are expected to practice their riding skills diligently. Teacher/trainer majors must display proficiency in dressage, hunters, jumpers and combined training. Students spend time working with young horses and teaching inexperienced riders to gain the skills, confidence and knowledge necessary to pursue a career as a trainer and teacher.

Equine Entrepreneurship

The equine entrepreneurship degree program is a multi-disciplinary approach focusing on the core business management and equine studies courses required to be a successful entrepreneur in the equine industry. This particular program will unite strong business acumen with equine knowledge base and skills that are essential to the success of all equine ventures. Lake Erie College is the first in the nation to offer this major. Students will gain an understanding of the scope of the equine industry and its economical value to society. Students will also obtain the management skills necessary for a successful venture development in the equine industry. Furthermore, the program includes a consulting experience with equine business ventures and experience in the development of a business plan for a start-up equine venture. Equine health care and prevention is also explored within the new major.

Equine Therapeutic Horsemanship

Lake Erie College is proud to offer equine therapeutic horsemanship as its newest major. Students at Lake Erie College are now able to major in the rewarding field of therapeutic horsemanship and equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). Lake Erie College and the School of Equine Studies are uniquely qualified to deliver an exceptional education in this important and growing industry. Our legacy of infusing horses into people’s lives has been the foundation of our equestrian programs for decades.  Our newest major in therapeutic horsemanship will have a profound impact on many students who are passionate about the horse and who desire an outstanding education and hands-on experience in this field.

 “Only a handful of colleges nationwide provide four year degrees in EAAT and the industry clamors for more highly qualified, credentialed professionals” relates Kathy Alm, CEO of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), the organization that promotes safety and optimal outcomes in EAAT for individuals with special needs by defining and delivering methods of best practice.

Equine therapeutic horsemanship majors will embark on a personal journey through our four-year liberal arts curriculum and specific coursework designed to prepare them for careers in the equine therapeutic industry. Combining practical coursework in equine studies and health, riding courses and riding instructor training with courses in business management and education, students build portfolios of abilities and experiences that will prepare them for a wide variety of positions in the industry. Students will elect either the administrator or instructor concentration, channeling their talents toward careers that celebrate and utilize the horse as a therapeutic partner for persons who will personally and profoundly benefit from their relationship and activities with horses.