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