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Our Equine Studies program is designed for students who are passionate about working with and learning about horses and who want the flexibility to pursue a variety of careers in the larger equine industry. The core Equine Studies program is a combination of theory and hands-on experience working with horses and clients. Specific equine topics include stable management, equine anatomy and health; nutrition; genetics and reproduction; training; riding instruction techniques; equine massage; equine lameness; and equitation courses in both english and western disciplines. The depth and breadth of topics is vast in relation to other comparable two-year programs. The associate degree blends seamlessly into the BS in Applied Business Management (online) or transitions into the BS in Diversified Agriculture for anyone also seeking a baccalaureate degree.

In addition to the traditional careers (barn manager, assistant trainer, or riding instructor), the opportunities for employment are limited only by graduates’ imaginations and interests. Providing a solid foundation of professional skills, theory, and equine knowledge, this program prepares students for success on whatever path they choose to follow.

Related club: Dressage Team


A student with an Associate in Applied Science in Equine Studies will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamentals of equine care and facility management by utilizing knowledge to satisfactorily complete a predetermined set of skills with a minimum of  80% success
  • Assess, critique, devise, and implement plans for using both teaching and training techniques, including their application in hands-on lab settings
  • Understand issues in the equine industry and present an appraisal and recommendations regarding a defined area of the industry
  • Review, examine, and draw conclusions about scientific theories concerning equine health, behavior, and care

The student must arrange for their own transportation to and from the equine facility, which is located seven miles from campus. The program encourages students to carpool whenever possible.

Students must complete a minimum of four semesters of EQS 2025, two in the freshman year, unless the department approves an alternate schedule. 

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