Many Christian colleges offer undergraduate degrees in various equine studies concentrations. There are even options to pursue graduate study, though these programs are less common. Explore a handful of these schools' equine studies curricula and service opportunities in the article below.
Students can obtain an equine studies degree at schools across the country. While some schools allow boarding of your own horse, many provide the horses, helping to cut back on some of the equipment costs for attendance.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Judson College||4-year, private not-for-profit women's college||Baptist||Marion, AL||$17,896|
|Centenary University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Hackettstown, NJ||$32,580|
|Wilson College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Chambersburg, PA||$24,452|
|Houghton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Wesleyan||Houghton, NY||$31,540|
|Midway University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Midway, KY||$23,950|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Christian Equine Studies Programs
Students who want to major in equine studies have a wide selection of options to choose from. Equine studies is not just about riding horses; students can learn about the physiology of horses, horse competitions, and equestrian facilities management, in addition to how to treat and rehab horses or use them in therapy.
Judson College is a women's college that offers an equine science major as well as an equine therapy emphasis that can be paired with a psychology or social work major. Students can use the skills they learn in these programs to participate in service opportunities using the horses. Students have provided equine therapy at nursing homes and to people with special needs. During the program, students take a number of equine-related courses, such as equine disease management, equine anatomy, riding instruction, animal partnership, natural horsemanship, and animal nutrition.
At Centenary University, students are required to complete at least ten hours of community service. Centenary also hosts several activities, Bible study groups, and worship services each week. Students pursuing the equine studies major can specialize in several areas, including riding instruction, the business of equine management, and horse training. Equine studies majors can also study abroad in Gloucester, England at Hartpury College. An equine studies minor and riding groups for horse shows and hunter/jumper competitions are also available at Centenary University.
The equine-facilitated therapeutics (EFT) club gives Wilson College students the chance to get involved with students who have special needs and improve the Penn Hall Equestrian Center. Other animal-based clubs that students can join include the Wilson Animal Action Group (WAAG), the pre-vet club, the Western riding team, the hunt seat team, and the mounted drill team. Along with pre-vet programs, Wilson offers an equine journalism program to prepare students for reporting and communication in the equestrian business. Students can also major in one of three equestrian studies programs: equine-facilitated therapeutics (EFT), equestrian management, or equine management.
Houghton College has two equestrian recreation majors in management and performance. There are also two equine-related minors - an equestrian minor and an equine-assisted therapy minor. Over 20 horses call Houghton home and are used in lessons and riding practice. In the equestrian major, students focus on all of the five major equine disciplines: dressage, hunter/jumper, eventing, Western, and trail riding. In New York, riding in the winter can get cold, so Houghton offers an indoor riding arena for classes to continue in the off season. Some courses include Western riding, adventure trails, equine science, eventing, musical freestyle dressage, horse show judging, and jumping. At Houghton, chapel attendance is a requirement. Students must go to at least 26 chapel services each semester. Chapel is held three times a week.
Students are expected to live on campus at Midway University if they are full-time, traditional students. Spirituality is nurtured and encouraged with prayer groups and service projects. Students can be a part of the Midway Horse Association (MHA), the IHSA Western team, the IHSA hunt seat team, or the Student Athletics Board (SAB). Midway offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in equine studies. Bachelor's degree programs can be focused in either equine science, equine management, or equine rehabilitation. An equine studies concentration is available through the school's Master of Business Administration program.