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Equine Studies (Management, Rehab or Science) at Midway University, Midway, KY

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!

From the Midway University website, 2023: “The Equine Studies program at Midway provides students with the essential skills they need to enter the broad equine industry. Midway University is located at the epicenter of the equine industry and is a renowned equine studies college. From boarding and breeding operations, sales and racing, equine association headquarters, therapy centers, animal health and pharmaceutical companies, and renowned veterinary practices, our campus is perfectly situated to give future equestrians the chance to put their education into practice.

“As a part of our holistic approach to equestrian studies and equine training, our campus is a working horse farm providing true access to hands-on learning with our large equine herd of varying breeds and disciplines. Students can walk from their residence hall to the barns in minutes.

“What is Equine Studies? The Equine Studies program at Midway provides students with the essential skills they need to enter the broad equine industry or prepare for graduate school. Equine science degree students have opportunities throughout the program to work with a variety of breeds. Students are also able to perform tasks of varying levels in assisting with managing our farm and herd. Students learn basic horse handling techniques as well as barn and farm management principles and practices. Through academic preparation in theories and methods of equine characteristics and needs, students acquire the basis on which to make decisions affecting horse care.

“Students who successfully complete the Equine Studies program will be able to:

*Demonstrate the ability to implement and assess safe, ethical and sustainable equine management practices

*Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and to utilize emerging technologies related to the global equine industry

*Demonstrate awareness of the human-horse bond and of diversity in the competitive and the non-competitive equine industries

*Identify and evaluate equine anatomy and physiology and relate form to function and feeding strategy

“Program Options: Students can choose from three areas of concentration within Equine Studies. Students also can work with an advisor on a Pre-Vet advising path to prepare for graduate school.

“How can an Equine Studies degree work for you? According to the Kentucky Equine Survey, the economic impact of Kentucky’s equine industry is $4 billion and generates more than 80,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs.

“Individuals with this degree often work in the equine industry and can serve in such roles as:

*stable managers

*show managers

*riding instructors

*farm managers

*equine trainers

*equine rehabilitation therapist

*various associations or government agencies

“Equine Riding Teams: Midway University currently fields two riding teams in the Intercollegiate Hose Show Association (IHSA)-Hunt Seat and Western. We compete in Region 6, Zone 3. Students interested in one of the teams should complete an admissions application and state your interest or complete an interest form on our Athletics Recruitment Center on

“Equine Education Centers: Midway’s equine education centers allow students to pursue equestrian studies regardless of the weather. Three centers are used for equestrian classes and by Midway’s equestrian teams. Equine students also enjoy an outdoor riding arena, a jumping field, and 163 acres of pastureland. View our equine facilities online.

“The 36,000-square foot Equine Education Center houses a 105 x 235-foot indoor riding arena, eight stalls, laboratory, classroom, a large tack room, audio-visual room, wash stall, and equine staff offices.

Bud’s Barn and Spy Coast Farm Education Center was completed in August 2022. The new facility is adjacent to the Midway University Equestrian Center, which overlooks the main campus, and creates an equine hub on the north side of campus. This facility includes a 5,376 square foot barn with 18 stalls, tack room, feed room, and a 6040 education center classroom.

“The Ashland stables and Theurkauf outdoor riding arena complement the two large equine centers, thus creating a comprehensive facility that meets the demands of all riding disciplines and equine training needs. The Ashland stables include 8 stalls, tack room, washroom, office, and classroom. The Theurkauf outdoor riding arena measures 227 x 117 feet and has a stonedust footing.”

Midway is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):

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