Truman Student Breeds Horses

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Calling Meg Sorhus a busy woman would be an understatement. After spending several years running a farm operation and raising three young boys, Meg is splitting time between her kids, her farm and the library as she chases her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Meg says she already has a bachelors degree in animal science with an emphasis in horse management that she received from Linn-Benton Community College. She started teaching horsemanship and coaching the Truman State equestrian team during 2003. She stepped down during 2007 to be a stay-at-home mom and run the family farm while her husband, Steven Sorhus, pursued his degree in accounting and eventual certification at Truman.

After her husband graduated during 2008, Meg says the Sorhus’ effectively changed roles in the home when she decided to pursue another degree in biology. Meg says without her husband’s support, her dream of becoming a veterinarian wouldn’t be possible.

“My husband works from home,” Meg says. “He’s a [Certified Public Accountant.] [He] helps juggle the kids and … helps with the farm chores. There’s no way I could do all of this if he wasn’t there being my second person.”

A typical day at Sorhus’ farm in Greentop, Missouri, begins at 6 a.m., when Steven and his sons milk their cows and feed the livestock, Meg says. After he takes his two school-age sons to Schuyler County Elementary School, he cares for his youngest while he works in his office. In the evening, Meg returns, and the whole family gathers at home to eat dinner together.

Steven says the daily grind of running his accounting firm and the farm together is difficult, but he enjoys making sacrifices for his wife.

“That’s what marriage is,” Steven says. “Sacrifice. And you know you love someone [when] you sacrifice for them. You help make their dreams and aspirations come true, and they do the same for you.”

The family owns a variety of livestock on the farm, including cows, pigs, chickens and two rare, Norwegian Fjord horses, of which Meg says there are only 5,000 living in North America. Meg said she also breeds and sells Bengal cats, which she says are renowned for being hypoallergenic. She says she set up a webcam near the kitten’s den, so she and the cat’s future owners can view the litter’s progress from anywhere in the world.

Meg says she does not know which veterinary school she will be attending, but knows her family will move with her for the duration of her graduate studies. She said her education may take her as far as the Caribbean, depending on the schools she applies to.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”″][/vc_column][/vc_row]