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Equine Science Careers

Equine Science students posing for a photo while out for pizza

Dave Belson, of 5B Quarter Horses, celebrated a successful 2014 foaling season by taking the foaling students out for pizza. It was a fun time for all. Thank you Dave for all you do for the SCC Equine Science program.

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The industry encompasses but is not limited to the following careers:

  • Advertising Specialist/Sales Representative
  • College Instructor
  • Dude/Resort Ranch Positions
  • Equine Insurance Specialist
  • Equine Journalist/ Publication Editor
  • Equine Massage Specialist
  • Equine Nutritionist
  • Equine Pharmaceutical Representative
  • Equine Retail Sales/Management Positions
  • Equine Sales and Marketing Agent
  • Farm, Ranch or Facility Manager
  • Farrier
  • Groom
  • High School Equine Science Instructor
  • Horse Extension Specialist
  • Horse Show Braiding Specialist
  • Horse Show Announcer, Judge, Manager or Steward
  • National Hoof Care Practitioner
  • National Breed Association Employee
  • Photographer
  • Professional Rider
  • Professional Trainer
  • Race Track Manager or Office Employee
  • Stallion Manager
  • Video/Film Script Writer, Camera Operator. Technical Advisor

........... and there's more that all require a well rounded education in Equine Science!

The Force of the Horse

The American Horse Council's new economic impact study indicates the horse industry generates $102 billion annually!

According to a recent study conducted by the American Horse Council, equine and equestrian activities contribute $39 billion directly into the U.S. economy each year and support 1.4 million full time jobs.

When calculations include indirect expenditures such as acquisitions of raw materials to make equine products, travel and motel expenses, food, specialty clothing, etc., the horse industry generates in excess of $102 billion annually.

The American Horse Council study also estimates that there are more than 9.2 million horses in the U.S. This is up from the 6.9 million horses reported in the late 1990s. Sophistication of survey methods and an increase in the equine population are contributing factors when considering the substantial increase in the number of horses reported.

Also noteworthy is that approximately 1.96 million people own horses in the U.S. and another two million people are involved with family or volunteer activities. Recreational activity is the number one use of horses followed by showing and racing. Texas is home to the country's largest horse population followed by California and Florida.

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