Equine Science class explores careers and opportunities

With the help of two community partners, Middleburgh Central School District students got a first-hand look at careers they may want to pursue in the future. 

Students in the grades 11-12 Equine Science class visited Windhorse Thoroughbreds LLC and Albany Therapeutic Riding Center (ATRC) on Jan. 6 and met with experts in horse breeding and therapeutic riding.

While at Windhorse Thoroughbreds, students learned about what goes into caring for, promoting and selling race horses. This unique experience included observing a veterinarian provide care to pregnant mares. A new opportunity for learning awaits as students have been invited back in February to participate in Foal Watch. They will get the thrill of anticipation, watching the mares to see if there are any signs of imminent birth.  

At ATRC, students learned about careers in the growing Equine Therapy field. In addition to a tour of the facility, students learned more about ATRC’s work promoting mental health and physical wellbeing for its clients.

“There are many opportunities to participate in the equestrian industry,” Agriculture Educator and FFA Advisor Carmen Fagnani said. “Students learned about careers in the racing industry and everything it takes to get a horse from birth to racing. They also learned about careers in equine assisted therapies, from volunteering to coaching.”

Students in the grades 11-12 Equine Science class visited Windhorse Thoroughbreds LLC and Albany Therapeutic Riding Center (ATRC) on Jan. 6 and met with experts in horse breeding and therapeutic riding.  Picture shows students waiting in barn.
Students in the grades 11-12 Equine Science class visited Windhorse Thoroughbreds LLC and Albany Therapeutic Riding Center (ATRC) on Jan. 6 and met with experts in horse breeding and therapeutic riding.  Students look on as horse is tended to.
Students in the grades 11-12 Equine Science class visited Windhorse Thoroughbreds LLC and Albany Therapeutic Riding Center (ATRC) on Jan. 6 and met with experts in horse breeding and therapeutic riding. Students stand between school bus and fence where a horse is grazing.