The Equine Sciences Academy Resources About Us Wild Horses Students Program  
The ESA offers both an Equine Sciences Degree and Certification in Natural Hoof Care.  The Degree is part of the Hoof Care Certification program, but is also offered as a stand alone program for those looking for an education or career in a discipline other than hoof care. 
We are unique in many ways.  We offer the most comprehensive programs available.  Our  classes are presented in a non-conventional format. Courses are not one teacher and a textbook, rather they are a compilation of information and resources from a wide variety of professionals in the equine world. This format presents students with a comprehensive overview of available information both conventional and non-conventional. Our goal is to guide students to thinking critically as they evaluate and distill information, not to teach any one viewpoint or source.  
We do not believe that any one person or organization is "the" source or has all the answers. We believe that knowledge is a dynamic collective work - one we should all contribute to, draw from and share. 
ESA Equine Sciences Degree 
Whatever your area of interest in working in the equine industry, this program is designed to give you a thorough, fundamental understanding of all the key aspects of horse husbandry in today's world, and the tools to apply what you have learned to equine care and management. This knowledge base is extremely important for any given discipline.   
The Academy is founded on the belief that the practice of focusing on one aspect of a horse's body, environment, habits etc. without due consideration of the other possible mitigating factors in his life is inherently flawed.    
Recognition and assessment of these factors requires a broad understanding of their implications and effects. This can only be gained through study of the "Whole Horse."  (see About Us
The goal of the typical equine sciences degree program is to prepare students to seek enjoyment and employment as trained professionals in the horse industry, and focus on riding, training, breeding and facility management. The emphasis is on how the horse can best serve our needs. 
We believe that Equine Sciences, as a field of study, should be based on the species specific requirements of the horse, and how we can best serve his needs. We envision a day when future graduates in ANY college or university Equine Sciences degree program enter their various careers with a foundation in natural equine management, as opposed to many of the conventional practices now taught in most schools. We look forward to the time when this becomes the "typical equine sciences degree program."  
"A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of ideas." 
John Anthony Ciardi (1916-86) 
American poet, critic
ESA Natural Hoof Care Certification 
Most hoof care issues do not originate in the hoof.  If you have the education and experience to be able to assess a horse, help determine where the problem originates and recommend the appropriate professional (chiropractic, saddle fit, dental,  etc.) to address the issue, not only will your job with the feet be much easier, but you will gain the respect and trust of your community including other equine professionals.  If you fail to recognize mitigating factors that are adversely affecting the hooves, your trimming skills will be called into question when the feet donít improve.  The ESA gives you the education needed to properly evaluate and address complex issues in the field, and is the most comprehensive natural hoof care certification program offered anywhere 
              .....  Simply learning to trim is not enough. 
As such, the Equine Sciences Degree is an integral part of the Certification program.  Students who complete this program will have earned both the degree and the certification.   
An orthodoxy is produced in regard to all the great doctrines of life. It consists of the most worn and commonplace opinions which are common in the masses. The popular opinions always contain broad fallacies, half-truths, and glib generalizations.  
William Graham Sumner, 1906 
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As with any school or university, the curriculum may change from time to time.  Be assured, however, that once enrolled, your graduation requirements will not change.  The published curriculum at the time of your enrollment will remain in effect until you graduate.  Courses may be substituted, but no requirements will be added at a later date.  In the event that new courses or requirements are added to the catalog during your enrollment, you will have the option to take them, but they will not be required for your graduation.  A copy of each year's curriculum and course catalog will remain on the website for reference. 
Also important to note, as with a college diploma, once you are certified by the ESA your certification cannot be revoked at a later date due to changing and/or additional requirements.