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
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
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.