Kirkwood's Horse Science Technology Program
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The Kirkwood Community College Horse Science Technology Program helps prepare you for a variety of positions in equine enterprises. During the first year you'll study genetics, breeding, horsemanship, training, nutrition, management, and judging. You'll also take courses in communication, accounting, human relations, computer science, math and merchandising to become a well-rounded professional.

More than 50 percent of instruction takes place in a laboratory setting using Kirkwood-owned horses or horses from outside the campus. Advanced students train their own horses or horses sponsored for training.

Visit the Agricultural Sciences area of the Kirkwood Web site to learn more about the program.

Job Opportunities
Horse Science grads with a two-year degree can work as grooms, assistant stable managers/trainers, and sales associates in feed and tack stores. Some graduates own boarding stables, breeding farms, or horse dealerships.

Earning Potential
Starting salaries vary greatly based on your position, in what area of the country you work, and whether you have a two-year or four-year degree. Recent Kirkwood graduates have earned entry-level salaries between $14,600 and $29,500.

Horse Science students complete an eight-week, paid internship during their final semester at Kirkwood. Students work 40 hours each week at a breeding farm, dude ranch, trail riding establishment, breed association, or training stable for race or performance horses.

During your internship you will apply your lab and classroom skills in an actual work setting. Plus, you'll make some great industry contacts that could lead to a position after graduation. Our instructors will help you find an internship site whether you want to stay in Iowa or work out of state.

Kirkwood Horses
Kirkwood owns 30 Arabians, Saddlebreds, and Quarter Horses ranging from green colts to finished show horses. Students use these horses for riding and training. For students who don't have a horse on campus, Kirkwood has horses that are sponsored by community members.

Questions & Answers
Q. Can I bring my horse to Kirkwood?

A. Yes. Kirkwood is one of the few community colleges in the country that allows you to bring your horse to campus. After the first semester, the names of students with a "B" average or better, who have 80 percent class attendance and who have not dropped a class are put into a pool. A stall is given to the student with the highest grade point, then the next highest and so on until all 27 stalls are filled. Students are responsible for cleaning the stall, and caring, feeding and exercising their horse.

Q. Do I have to ride English?
A. You will ride Balanced Seat which allows you to adapt to Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat and Stock Seat Our goal is to prepare you to be an effective rider, no matter what seat you choose.

Q. Do I have to be young and in shape to be in this program?
. We welcome students of all ages and fitness levels. Keep in mind, however, that this is a physically demanding program and you must know your physical limitations.