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Program Spotlight: Wilderness Horsemanship Program

by Tim Brunicardi on July 5, 2018

Hocking College offers students four equine programs to choose from and, in only four semesters, students can receive their Associate of Applied Science in one of the following categories:

This blog offers more information about Hocking College’s Wilderness Horsemanship Program.

Hocking College's Wilderness Horsemanship Program

Hocking College’s Wilderness Horsemanship program offers a vast number of career options. Graduates with this degree spend a lot of their time outside and working on ranches or outfitting services all over the U.S. under the following titles:
  • Camp or stable riding instructors. They give horsemanship and riding lessons to children, teenagers, and adults of all ages.
  • Outfitters and packer. They take groups on day trips or overnight trips through the mountains, and need wilderness responder training.
  • Horse trainers. They teach and train young horses for ranches or work with a customer's horse(s) teaching them specialized discipline techniques.
  • Wranglers and guides. They organize and lead group trail rides and outings for dude ranches and other facilities all across the U.S.
  • Teamsters. They drive wagons or carriages to destinations that can’t be reached by vehicles for tourism-based companies, farms/ranches, and logging businesses.
Some graduates start their own businesses, while others choose to work on farms, ranches, stables, and outfitting businesses. They are often responsible for daily chores like horse care and managing a facility, as well as many other services such as working with customers or customers' animals, managing risk-based situations, and other business-related duties.

What Skills Will I Learn In The Program? 

The skills students will learn in the Wilderness Horsemanship program include advanced riding and wilderness techniques, teaching horsemanship and horse training, harnessing and driving, trail maintenance, leather craft and equipment repair, packing, and outfitting.

For more information on Hocking College’s Equine Programs, contact Equine Science Program Manager, Bethany Siehr, by email at siehrb@hocking.edu or by phone at (740) 753-6282.

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