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Hippology is the study of horses. The phrase “Hippology” comes from the Greek “hippo”, meaning horse, and “ology”, meaning “the study of”. Today, Hippology is the label of an Equine Knowledge Contest that is used in 4-H, FFA, and many horse breed contests. Hippology comprises of four stages: Horse Judging, Written Examination and Slide Identification, ID Stations and Team Problem Solving.

Someone who were to study horses would have the option to become a farm manager, trainer, and groomer. Hippologists can also be found on race tracks and also work for large animal veterinarians.

There are numerous schools across the country offering the training and the education. Some schools focus on management of the farm and others center the idea of training the horses. The studies involve pre-veterinary care, nutrition, genetics, the art of  trimming horse’s feet, and how to handle and train  horses. For example, some schools and sources that offer the training and classes are: Meredith Manor Horse Management School, Lynn Palm Horse Training, Michigan State University-offers equestrian studies, and Equine Charm School. I find this study sophisticated because horses are my favorite animals. It is a great field of study and in my opinion veterinarians should be credited more.  

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