Launch your equine industry career at Becker College.

Launch your equine industry career at Becker College.

Becker College provides the perfect environment to jumpstart a rewarding career working with horses.

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Prepare for a career in the equine industry.

Prepare for a career in the equine industry.

The College offers equine academic programs, a competitive team, and boarding and lessons for the public.

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Receive classroom and hands-on experience working with horses.

Receive classroom and hands-on experience working with horses.

Earn a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies.

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Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies

An undergraduate degree in equine studies gives job seekers in this industry a significant advantage—specialized training, business skills, in-depth learning, and hands-on experience—invaluable tools in seeking employment or running a business. Students learn in the classroom and at the College's Equestrian Center, located on a beautiful 40-acre site in Paxton, Massachusetts, which contains both an indoor and outdoor riding arena, indoor and outdoor pens, round pen, and pastures and turnout areas.

The Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies allows students to focus on horse health, behavior, care, and management, and to develop marketable skills for a successful career in the highly diverse equine industry. Students may mix and match electives for a specialization in riding instruction or a specialization in horsemanship and equine care. This degree will also provide a foundation for students seeking a graduate degree in such areas as equine nutrition, equine reproduction, or equine sports medicine.

All equine studies students take a required core of courses and choose from a list of program and open electives that provide both classroom and hands-on learning opportunities. Much of the learning experience takes place at the Becker College Equestrian Center. Advisors work with students to choose course work and externships/practica that will guide them in fulfilling their goals and interests in the equine field.

To learn more about the Becker College equine studies program, call 877.523.2537 or email


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies the graduate is prepared to:

  • outline business and management concepts and explain the handling of, and management of horses of all ages and physical abilities.
  • analyze equine behavior using science-based evidence and apply solutions to real-world situations.
  • show proficiency in the knowledge and application of proper equine management and husbandry, including analysis of contemporary equine nutrition programs.
  • utilize practical knowledge relating to the safe and efficient management of an equine facility and related natural resources.
  • develop an equine business plan and marketing strategy.
  • assess economic factors that impact the equine industry.
  • demonstrate written and oral communication skills appropriate for the equine industry.
  • model personal and professional conduct consistent with best practices in the equine industry.
  • explain equine reproductive principles and apply equine health care skills.


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Becker Equestrian Center featured on Fox25’s Zip Trip to Paxton

Fox25 Boston’s weekly Zip Trip (part of their “Around Town” series in which they visit a different Massachusetts town every Friday throughout the summer) was in Paxton on July 31. Michele Lazcano, the show’s producer and reporter, made a stop at Becker’s Equestrian Center while they were there. During her visit, Nicole Eastman, director of equine facilities, shows Michele how to ride a horse.

Equestrian Center Paddocks