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Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Studies
"I feel privileged to be able to work in the field and get an education at the same time. I so appreciate your patience, and the school's flexibility...without it, there's no way I could be getting a degree." Grace P.
"Oh Yes! I have received my degree and got teary eyed ! My goals for the future is to teach all that I have gained from this degree and what I have learned over seas. I also want to see how far I can go with my own horse career in eventing and dressage. I also want to inspire people of all ages that education is very important in the equine world as well as the drive to practice. No matter what discipline or career path in the equine industry one chooses, the more educated a person is about the business, the more likely they will succeed! I'm actually thinking about going one step further and looking into the masters degree in animal psych. Again, I think the more educated I can be in what I do and deal with, the closer I am in achieving my goals as a professional. Some would say I have already achieved that in my riding career and education.....but I feel that I have some ways to go before I can feel that satisfaction. Thank You so much for helping me ! I want to stay in touch with Mr. Blazer, for he has been my inspiration behind what being a true equestrian and business person is. There are no words that can express my appreciation" April Babka
I appreciate how very helpful you always are and how quickly you respond when I have a question about the program. It is evident that you care about the students and our best interest. Thank you for taking the necessary time to make this program a success. I am benefiting from it greatly and I know other students are too. Melinda De Wind
I'm impressed by the level of instructors and the entire program. I've learned so much and the interaction with the instructors is fantastic. C. Sauer
Adriana Atkinson, Breyer State University student, gives this advice:
It is really hard to tell you which class to take first- I have loved them all, and learned so very much, despite having a degree in veterinary medicine and a MS in Reproduction- the classes are amazing, deep, and up-to date, so here are some comments about some of the ones I completed, they might let you know what they have from the student's point of view- you can look at what environment you are in, what you can start using right away, etc.
David Hooper, Breyer State Univeristy graduate and certified Professional Horse Trainer:
"I want to thank all of you for such a rewarding experience while I was studying for my Bachelor's Degree in Equine Studies. The two years I spent in your program proved to be an inspiration to me and a turning point in my pursuit of a career with horses.
"The information, insights and training techniques I learned have proven to be invaluable as I work towards the starting of my new business. This is due largely to the dedicated, professional staff who are always there to provide feedback and support.
"I would never have been able to go from a career in hotel management to one with horses wihout all your help.
"I am honored to be a graduate of Breyer State University with my Bachelor's Degree in Equine Studies.
"I am now the trainer at Silver Spur Riding Club next to the L.A. Equestrian Center. Having my degrees put me above all the rest. The barn manager introduces me as having these degrees to the borders."
Carole W. "Thank you for making such a wonderful program available online. I have been telling all my friends about it."
"It has been a challenge and a revelation. The challenge is having to read, analyze and justify. The questions made me think, observe and reflect."
Bits, Saddle Fitting and Hoof Balance
"Not boring AT ALL- you have many assignments where you have to get to your horse and really try the things, analyze them, and work on them- for example, the hooves class- take pictures of your horse, measure their balance, compare them to the rest of the body, decide what the hoof would need to get done/ corrected for your horse to be in balance, etc- same with the bits and the saddles- and you actually have to go out there and talk to people- you learn to look at things from a different perspective, and realize how, even people who have been around horses for a long time, leave those things for others and don't know how it is affecting the health and performance of their horses- they wonder why their horse is "off" and are not looking at those things," Lynette Smith
Tiffany Osborne, on completing the Bits, Saddle Fitting and Hoof Balance course says, "I learned so much and I am very excited to complete this degree and open my business!"
The Business of Making Money with Horses
"Another awesome class that made me realize that there are so many things about the horse world I still did not know- and is not only about explaining how to make money, it goes through so many different aspects of things you will have to manage in each one, you can really tell if you would enjoy running a business in the specific area- even my husband, who is intimidated by horses- got excited about some of the things I was telling him I leaned, and wondered if we should try some of that as a "side business" when I am done! Chantelle Laubach
"I used what I've been learning in the business course and bought a new mare that is going to be outstanding. Thanks for everything I'm learning. It's already making a difference in my business and in the way I make decisions." Christine at Spring Willow Farm
"I'm learning a lot about and this class is way fun. I love doing the catalogs. Thank you for making this possible." T. Knez
"I just wanted to thank you for all the wonderful advise and guidance in this course. I really enjoyed it and feel much more confident about having a successful equine business in the future. I look forward to taking your other courses as well as all the courses offered." Alison S.
Equine Health and Disease Management
"After taking the Health and Disease Management course I feel I can tell when my horse is feeling "under-the-weather" and the steps that need to be taken.
Dr. Sales was a great instructor and answered all my questions and concerns. It was a fantastic course." Alexis Bufford
Melissa Barber, "I learned so much in the course. I now know how to take vital signs, what is normal and not normal. Thank you Dr. Sales!"
Isabeau Wagner of Wachtersbach, Germany writes, "The Equine Massage course was just great! It was well structured, I felt very much attended to, the assignments were just super. And I just love Betty Lindquist, the teacher. It was wonderful and enhancing experience. And I was able to not only help my horse, but other horses. Wow!
"When I met Betty I had a 6 year old Arab gelding that was off the track and I had been trying to turn him into an endurance horse. After 2 frustrating years working with this horse the best he could do was an unhappy shuffle down the trail. Within 6 months Betty was able to release this horse's potential. He has just successfully completed the Biltmore 100 mile endurance in the top 10", Kathy Downs 2006 USEF Endurance Team."
Equine Nutrition for Maximum Performance
"Thank you for an informative lesson, I appreciate the way you explain things and make the material easy to understand. I read several other articles out there about the subject material, and yours by far was the clearest information." says G. Pares (This is in reference to lesson eight - Feeding the Performance Horse, which goes over aerobic and anaerobic exercise.)
Cora F. says, "I learned a lot from this course - different manufactured feed products have always confused me, I understand it so much better now! Based on what I have learned I plan to make a few small changes to my feeding program - thank you!"
"While taking the online course I felt like I had a private tutor. Being able to work on the course anytime was great...when I can't sleep - I study. The course was put together very well and easy to follow." Barb M.
Anna R: "I enrolled in the nutrition course because I had rescued two horses and I was getting all kinds of conflicting advice on how to care for them. Eleanor (the instructor) answered my questions. Within a month the horses showed improvement and are now healthy and happy. Thank you!"
Robin S: "I was spending a fortune on supplements. By the fourth lesson I had eliminated all my supplements, except for one joint support product. My horses are looking better and my expenses have decreased - allowing me to take more online courses through www.horsecoursesonline.com!"
Jennifer P: "I was having trouble with my email and getting my grades. One afternoon the telephone rang and it was the instructor for the nutrition course. We had a lengthly chat and figured out my email problem (they were going in my spam folder). I was very surprised to receive the call and the personal attention. I love the course and the online program. Soon I will have my degree in equine studies from Breyer State University."
"I started the nutrition course four years ago, but due to personal reasons never finished the course. When I got settled I contacted the instructor and picked up where I left off. There was never any question or problem about coming back. I have just enrolled in Stable Management and Health and Disease Management because I want to start my own boarding stable. These online courses are great!" David G.
Connie L: "I board my horses and was concerned about the feed they were getting. After taking the nutrition course I made some changes in my horses' diet and they are doing much better. The other boarders now come to me for advice and I've been offered a job to manage the stable. I'll be enrolling in more courses."
T. Brown: Great course: I have made a few changes to my own horses diets from what I have learned. Easy to understand and apply! Thanks!!! My horses appreciate it!
"Even with my MS in reproduction, I learned some things very specific to horses- and is not just the medical part, is the management part that many times we are faced with a business- if you board, and one of the mares becomes pregnant, you are taking care of her, you will have to know what that mare needs month by month- what if they have some problems, or if someone asks you a "basic" question like what do you know of why a mare won't get pregnant- you will have that knowledge at the tip of your fingers- very good class, very detailed, and very well explained Melinda De Wind, after she completed the Equine Reproduction course taught by Dr. Jack Sales, said...... "I am enjoying the program very much and have learned a great deal. I am very appreciative to you for making it possible to attain a B.S. degree in Equine Studies. Thank you!"
Equine Safety and Rescue
Karin Meyer says, "The Equine Safety and Rescue course really opened my eyes to the dangers that surround horses and how to cope with the difficult situations in which horses sometimes find themselves. I feel more prepared for what may happen."
"Trailer accidents and roll-overs have always terrified me. This course has given me insight into what to do and not do, should that happen, heaven forbid."
Legal Aspects of Horse Management
"I am one of those who has always thought "thank God I have never needed a lawyer", and I do translations and have had to translate many legal documents- I was dreading the legal "lingo" and thinking it might be a class that will get me all upside down, and it was NOT- not only the teacher doesn't use any of the "aforementioned" and "whereas" etc language, it makes you think of many things that as riders. boarders, horse owners we should be thinking of and don't- many practical business points very needed in all aspects of working with horses, and very important for running a business," says L. J. Robinette
M. Higgason: Thank you so much for all of your comments and feedback and for being willing to answer my questions even when they didn't relate to the current chapter. I've learned a lot from this course -- hopefully I won't have to use all of it but "things happen."
All of the various first-aid and bandaging sections are certainly incredibly important but there have been plenty of "small" things throughout the course that have been a great help. For example, I've watched lots of people tie various forms of "quick release" knots (some of them having nothing to do with "quick release"). I had tried to figure out something from all of those versions that I could use and I never felt that I had anything remotely right. The section of your class that covered the quick release knot was clear and easy to follow and made sense. I've been using that knot ever since. The other day, the vet was out for checkups. After exchanging a few pleasantries, he turned to get his stuff out of the truck and I turned to get Molly. I just grabbed the end of her lead line, pulled, flipped the length off the post, and started to walk toward the vet. He did a double-take. I'm sure it was because I was using the right kind of knot and it was actually quick. (I refrained from saying, "Ta-da! See what I can learn!")
Thanks again for everything. I'm sure my horses would thank you, too, if they could write. Ever bit I learn makes a better and safer environment for them."
Angela Wyatt-Allen says, "Stallions are so much different from mares and geldings, this course really explains what needs to be done to manage a stallion and understand the way he thinks."
Understanding Equine Behavior Modification
"Awesome- so many insights of why horses do what they do- a wonderful point of view that teaches why a horse acts in a certain way, and how what we do makes them respond in a specific manner- how to learn to behave according to what they would see in their herd, and get their respect because they understand what we want from them, and what will and will not be accepted from them," Tricia Jennings says this about the Behavior Modification course. "I am finding this course extremely helpful. I didn't expect to get as much interaction with instructors. This last lesson was extremely interesting because I am going through the process of desensitizing a horse that I bought that had been taught by flooding."
"I hope and pray I never put a horse in position to sull up. But I believe I have seen two horses that have checked out because the trainer pushed too far too soon. I have loved this course and especially the last lesson. I will be taking Stallion Management; youre not through with me yet!" Mark Hermann
"Thank you so much for your support and knowledge. I have learned a great deal with this course and could not have accomplished it without you helping me through it. I have learned that behavior in horses is ongoing and if you guys do have a second study I would love to take it. " T. Fredricks
More than 94% of the students taking one or more courses through www.horsecoursesonline.com say they gained confidence in their ability to handle and care for horses, and 96% were "glad they took the courses."
In a blind survey of online students, HorseCoursesOnline found 96% of the students would or already have recommended the program to friends, and 86% will take additional courses.
The survey was sent to students by e-mail. The return form carried no identification. Students' number one recommendation to improve the courses was the inclusion of more demonstration photos.
Maybe the most significant figure is the 82% of students who gave the course material and instructors the highest rating possible.
The main reason given, 75%, for choosing online courses, was "convenience." Others reasons included, "affordability," "more course choices than other schools", and "personal enrichment."
Instructors were graded high for "providing timely feedback", and "suggestions were clear and useful." Both categories received 90% approval.
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