Equine Studies (Certificate)

Award: Certificate
Degree Code: ESTC
Number of Credits: 25

Program Description

This certificate is designed for students interested in developing skills and knowledge that will prepare them for a career in the equine industry. This option is designed for those students who may not be interested in obtaining a degree, or who may wish to set a more-attainable goal while completing a defined course of study.

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
BUS 103 Introduction to Business 3
EQS 139 Basic Horse Handling 2
EQS 142 or
EQS 145 or
EQS 148
Introduction to Equine Care and Maintenance or
Equine Health Maintenance or
Equine Anatomy and Physiology
3
EQS 144 Equine Nutrition and Feeding 3
EQS 146 Introductory Equine Field Study 2
EQS 241 or
EQS 243 or
EQS 245
Equine Facilities Management or
Business Management in the Horse Industry or
Equine Pasture and Land Management
3
EQS 242 Equine Reproduction, Evaluation and Selection 3
EQS 248 Equine Pathology 3
SPN 101 Beginning Spanish I 3

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence, certainty, and self-assurance when working with horses.
  • Apply safe handling techniques, basic care and maintenance techniques, and basic first aid in working with horses.
  • Understand the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, nervous, and endocrine systems of the horse.
  • Evaluate a horse’s body condition, surroundings, work load, and other factors to develop a proper diet regimen for the best care of the horse.
  • Take equine vital signs and recognize symptoms of poor health, disease, and infection.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for basic horse care and the treatment and prevention of common horse ailments.
  • Understand conformation and selection of horses.
  • Apply pasture management techniques such as seeding, poisonous weed control, safe fertilization, and determining pasture rotation schedules.
  • Apply equine facilities management techniques for stable design, proper hay and grain storage, pasture and turn out options, and indoor/outdoor riding rings.
  • Apply skills learned regarding communication, regulation, marketing, staff management, and sales and service in running an equine business.