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Equine Studies



Horse out standing in it's fieldTHE EQUINE INDUSTRY currently has a total impact of 112.1 billion dollars in Gross Domestic Product, and generates 1.4 million full-time jobs. Growth of the industry in the United States has created a demand for qualified personnel in all of its related fields.

NORTHWEST COLLEGE'S EQUINE STUDIES PROGRAM provides strong, two-year training, resulting in an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students who desire a Baccalaureate degree in equine fields will also acquire an academic base that will allow them to transfer to and be competitive at other institutions.

THE COURSE OFFERINGS IN THIS PROGRAM are of such a caliber that the student population has been drawn from all regions of the country and internationally. Core classes that support the program demand levels of accomplishment in other areas besides that of being able to ride a horse well. The talent that the student has for dealing with horses is expanded to include equine evaluation, horse production, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, breeding, farrier skills, psychology, teaching, stable management, safety and business.

Silhouette of two riders through a door“Northwest College is an outstanding program for students to start their equine careers and get prepared to join a professional team.  My experience has been that the students come into my program with soft hands, balanced seats and are extremely coachable. They have an innate sensitivity to what is going on underneath them with the horse. These kinds of traits go beyond basic horsemanship skills. It is obvious to me that the instructors continually enhance their level of knowledge and this broadens their scope and carries through to every level of horsemanship even down to the basic handling of the horse. When I saw the similarities in the horsemanship skills of both my apprentice Jessica Reilly and her instructor Pam Thiel, I realized it must have come through Pam, as the two of them are so similar in their riding styles. I was extremely impressed with the soft hands and good seat that Pam has and teaches along with the same quiet mannerisms around a horse. This allows them to move easily into my more advanced western training program for all levels of showing and riding.

”I have seen a strong work ethic in my apprentices and I feel that students who have grasped these skills from the Northwest College program have all the skills necessary to go to work for top trainers in my industry after graduation.“  

Dana Hokana- Temecula, CA
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