School of 马 Studies at Lake Erie College

Learn more about the 马术的研究 Programs at Lake Erie College and apply today!

Yes, you can have a career working with horses!

The demand for qualified equine professionals is insatiable, and we specialize in getting our graduates noticed. 仅2018年一年, the Lake Erie College School of 马 Studies achieved a 100 percent employment rate within one year of graduation. 每年, the United States horse industry generates a total economic impact of $122 billion, 支持1.74 million jobs, and provides $79 billion in total salaries, wages, and benefits. In 2017-2018, the US government awarded over $700 million in grants to therapeutic horsemanship programs offering treatment for veterans.

  • Turning Passion into Profession

    We combine a rigorous academic curriculum with experiential learning. Classes including Accounting, 市场营销, and Business Law prepare you to enter an industry that rewards business sense. 马 Anatomy and Physiology, 马的健康, 营养, and 马 Lameness develop your love of the horse into a marketable trade. We offer extensive riding opportunities in academic classes, 私人课程, and intercollegiate riding teams on a variety of horses including upper-level Hunter Derby horses, FEI-level dressage schoolmasters, green-broke马, and everything in between. Showing opportunities exist on school horses in rated dressage shows, locally rated H/J shows, 以及其他场所. Upon graduation, you will hit the market with a substantial resume that stands out in a crowd

  • What makes an LEC graduate successful?

    Our faculty come from the business. Practicing veterinarians, FEI评比评委, professional large-scale facility managers, grooms for Olympic gold medalists, PATH Int’l certified instructors, and trainers with their own clientele draw on their vast wealth of 经验s to teach you the hands-on skills crucial to success in the horse world. 另外, the diversity of 经验s taught by our faculty help you learn the flexibility valued by employers. 

主要s Minors and Certificates in 马术的研究

Certificate in 马 Massage Therapy

The care of many performance horses includes alternative therapies such as equine therapeutic massage. Certified massage practitioners provide complementary care to regular veterinary services, and the field offers plenty of opportunities for those with the proper education, 经验, 和认证.  Lake Erie College is the only four-year college in the nation to offer instruction 和认证 in equine massage therapy for academic credit. Students in either Equestrian Facility Management, Equestrian Teacher/Trainer (English), 马 Business Administration, and/or 马 Therapeutic Horsemanship may earn a Certificate in 马 Massage Therapy.

Coursework includes 50 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction in both the scientific and experiential study of 马 Massage. Students learn and practice therapeutic massage on school horses as part of the experiential curriculum.

Prerequisites for the courses are 马 Anatomy & 生理学I和II, giving Lake Erie College certified equine massage therapists an in-depth education upon which to build their business and clientele.


When combined with various majors such as communication, 生物学, 市场营销, 和教育, the equine studies minor enhances the scientific and technical knowledge of your chosen field of study with the hands-on practices of horsemanship. Many graduates choose careers in breed or riding discipline associations, equine nutrition and nutraceutical companies, equine specialty 市场营销 firms, and the equine retail market. Students preparing for veterinary medicine often add a minor in equine studies to complement their studies in 生物学 and chemistry.

Therapeutic Horsemanship Concentration

The concentration in Therapeutic Horsemanship gives you theoretical knowledge of and practical 经验 with teaching horsemanship to people with disabilities. Gain insight into the physical, 社会心理, 认知, and emotional effects of horses on human beings, particularly those people who have special needs or challenges. A 50-hour practical internship under the supervision of a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, (路径Intl.) certified therapeutic riding instructor is required.