Careers & Education

The Morrisville State College Equine Rehabilitation Center, one of the few publicly accessible facilities in the Northeast, offers equipment and rehabilitation techniques to keep healthy horses conditioned and to help injured equine athletes recover, post-injury or post-surgery. Cutting-edge equipment includes an underwater treadmill, solariums, cold saltwater spa, laser therapy, and therapeutic ultrasound.

Equine Guelph and the Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support of the University of Guelph in Ontario provide a unique educational partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses. They offer expertise and leadership through online learning and professional development.

Rocky Mountain Distributed Learning School has been delivering three quality high school level equine courses to residents of BC for the last seven years. Students learn about horse physiology, psychology, breeds, health, training, riding, careers and more, while gaining credits for graduation. We also offer a host of other elective and academic courses.

Interviewed by Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne - A family business that has been in operation for more than three decades, JK Reid Manufacturing & Sales Ltd. based in Moorefield Ontario, offers a wide variety of livestock equipment. As cattlemen and farmers themselves, their base has always been handling and feeding systems for horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs, and in recent years they have expanded to service deer, elk, and bison producers, as well as zookeepers.

By Melanie Huggett - Do you enjoy learning and sharing your knowledge with others? Do you like working with both people and horses? Then perhaps you have considered becoming a riding instructor or coach.

Stan Walchuk Jr, horse trail riding, horse trail Guiding, horse trail riding schooling

Career opportunities exist for horse guides, wranglers, and owner-operators through guest ranches, hourly trail rides, pack trip holidays, hunting guides, and outfitting. The job descriptions vary with the type of operation and so do the qualifications that these businesses look for in their staff. Everyone agreed that individuals who succeed in the areas of horse wrangling and guiding are self-motivated.

Interviewed by Melanie Huggett - Karren Winther is a realtor with RE/MAX Aldercenter Realty in Aldergrove, BC, where she helps horse lovers realize their dreams of owning that perfect equestrian property, whether it’s a small hobby farm or a large stable facility. An avid horsewoman herself, competing in National Reined Cowhorse Association competitions, Karren knows the special requirements necessary for keeping horses that other realtors might overlook.