What Interests You?
If you are interested in pursuing a career that involves horses, you should consider ways you can gain experience by working or volunteering for a veterinarian, local stable or other equine facilities.
Explore careers and occupations related to horses on the ALIS website.
Search occupations by using the search terms “animals” and “horse.” Check for additional information. There is a wide range of careers that you may explore, including an equine veterinarian or veterinary technician, barn manager, trainer, jockey, horse massage therapist, farrier, behaviourist or groom.
Alternatively, many people pursue their interest in horses through recreational or leisure activities. Some people decide to lease a horse instead of owning one. This involves a lease, an agreement with a horse owner to use and ride a horse.
All individuals involved with horses in any context have a responsibility for their care, whether they own the horse or not.
Track the hours of experience you gain and keep a journal of the learning you acquire through your experiences. If you decide to apply to a college or technical post-secondary program, you will need to describe your experiences with horses, and a journal will help you remember to include everything.
Many application processes also ask for a written personal statement. Your experiences in AGR 2070: Equine will help you practice writing this type of statement.
Activity 1.1 – Focus Your Learning Experience
Take a few minutes to complete the following activity. Start by reflecting on what your interests are, your goals, and what you already know and what you have done. Compare your interests with a career-related goal and personal goal. A career-related goal should identify a job or occupation, such as a veterinarian or a horse trainer. A personal goal might include your intent to continue riding horses recreationally or showing performance horses.
If you haven’t done so already, download the module activities booklet to your computer now by clicking below and saving the file to your course folder on your computer.
- Open the copy of the Module 1 Activities booklet on your computer.
- Scroll down to the “Focusing Learning” activity in the booklet.
- Respond to each of the questions provided.
- SAVE your work.
- Proceed to the next item here in the online course.