Equine Science

Overview of the equine industry. Includes equine industry segments, job market and economic impact.

Course is designed as a business survey of the equine industry as a whole. Topics will include all areas involved directly and indirectly with the equine industry and the applied management techniques that are involved with these areas. Lecture will be supplemented with guest speakers and field trips to area farms and businesses.

Lab fees apply

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This is a training course in the reproductive management and artificial insemination of cattle. Students will become familiar with and learn the anatomy of the cow reproductive tract. This course is designed to acquaint students with the techniques of artificial insemination and pregnancy diagnosis in the cow, and to familiarize student with the collection, evaluation, processing, and handling of semen. The class will also participate in a mock embryo transfer in order to acquaint students with estrus synchronization, drug protocols, and the mechanics of uterine flushing.

Lab fees apply

Learning outcomes and objectives are determined by local occupational need and business and industry trends.

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Course in basic equitation skills, including handling, saddling, bridling, mounting, riding, grooming, safety, and basic health care. Topics will include correct riding position, leg strengthening exercises, and balance exercises.

NCTC School horse and appropriate tack will be provided for use.

Lab fees apply

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Instruction in evaluation and selection of horses based on breed and performance criteria. Topics include basic anatomy and its relation to function, breed type, and characteristics, and standard performance classes. Emphasis will be given to breed standards and rules of judging performance horses.

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Instruction in basic horsemanship skills including handling, saddling, bridling, mounting, riding, grooming, safety, and basic health care.   

Emphasis will be given to proper riding techniques, use of aids and cues, and proper leg, seat, and hand position.

NCTC School horse and appropriate tack will be provided for use.

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Methodologies of riding instruction. Includes safety, horsemanship, teaching techniques, group control, and professionalism. Students will develop basic skills needed to become an effective riding instructor. Through classroom and arena exercises students will gain skills in organization, development of lesson plans, and a variety of teaching techniques. Students will be working with first year students.

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Reproductive anatomy, physiological functions, and common management practices related to equine reproductive facilities. Lecture portion of this course is conducted in the first 6 weeks of the semester with emphasis on anatomy and physiology of the mare and stallion as it relates to management for maximum reproductive efficiency. Basic principles of artificial insemination, embryonic development, parturition, and care of the pregnant mare and newborn will be discussed. Semen collection, evaluation, and shipping will also be discussed. The lab portion is the remainder of the semester, and consists of students working on well-respected breeding farms in the area.

Lab fees apply

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Instruction in the basic principles of Ranch Horse riding. To include, but not limited to handling, saddling, bridling, mounting, riding, grooming, safety, basic health care, basic rope handling, basic cow handling and tactics for competing in Ranch Horse events.

Lab fees apply

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Introduction to the advanced principles of Ranch Horse riding. To include, but not limited to handling, saddling, bridling, mounting, riding, grooming, safety, health care, advanced rope handling, advanced cow handling and tactics for competing in Ranch Horse events.

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This course will address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and behaviors pertinent to the equine industry and relevant to the professional development of the student.

Lab fees apply

Learning outcomes and objectives are determined by local occupational need and business and industry trends.

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Instruction in basic equine behavior and training methods will be discussed. Topics will include anatomy and physiology, safety, behavior, health care and management, and training methods. Students will use a systematic approach to training a yearling and a weanling horse while learning proper safety and training techniques used in the industry.

Horses and appropriate tack and equipment will be provided for use in this course.

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An introduction to the horse industry. Includes history, organization and operation of equine enterprises, selection, breeds, breeding, reproduction, health, nutrition, management, and marketing.

Topics will also include basic management techniques and theories related to horses and horse facilities. Laboratory exercises will be supplemented by lecture presentations, guest speakers, and field trips to area farms and businesses.

Lab fees apply

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Instruction in the management of the equine business will be discussed. Topics will include record keeping, insurance and liability, show management, equine promotion and sales, as well as employer relationships. Lectures will be supplemented with industry speakers and students will complete an in-depth business plan of their choice.

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Study of advanced concepts in horse production. Emphasis on management practices utilized in the horse industry.

Topics include advanced anatomy, physiology and nutrition of the horse as it relates to exercise and fitness. Discussion will focus on techniques and theories related to management of the horse for athletic events.

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Study of the advanced concepts in evaluation and selection of horses. Students in this course will be part of the horse judging team and participate in judging contests on a state and national level. Students will also learn how to organize a judging contest, perfect oral reason presentation and learn to judge other's oral reasons. Students must be enrolled in this course to travel with the judging team.

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Instruction in advanced horsemanship skills including cues, lead changes, head-set, side-pass, and pivots. Emphasis will be given to proper use of cues, legs, and seat during maneuvers; as well as proper training concepts and methods of working horses for specific performance areas.

NCTC School horse and appropriate tack will be provided for use.

Lab fees apply

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Advanced equitation skills. Includes cues, lead changes, headset, side-pass, and pivots.

Topics will include supplying exercises for the horse and rider, ground pole exercises to gain strength and stability, in addition to exercises in stride length and rhythm.

NCTC School horse and appropriate tack will be provided for use.

Lab fees apply

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Fundamentals of selecting, training, working and showing reining horses will be taught. Topics include history, development, rules, judging, conditioning, training and showing reining horses. Showing in at least on competition is required. Student must provide their own horse for training and or competition.

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An advanced course in the principles and fundamentals of finishing and riding the versatile ranch horse; instruction will focus on the use of the horse to assist in the management of cattle as commonly utilized for both ranch work and cowhorse competitions. Topics will include reading cattle, roping, handling cattle on the end of the rope, sorting and control of an individual cow. Course will also include techniques for tuning and elevating the performance of finished horses in the area of cow work.

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Advanced principles in training, working and showing reining horses will be taught. Topics include rules, judging, conditioning, and advanced showmanship. Students will also learn methods for keeping their horses healthy and in competitive condition during the rigors of traveling to and from shows. Showing in at least two competitions is required. Student must provide their own horse for training and or competition.

Lab fees apply

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Basic concepts of equine veterinary care will be taught. The course will be a survey of equine veterinary medicine from the physical exam to medical terminology, preventive medicine and pharmacology as well as basic principles of alternative therapies, diagnostic imagery, medical records and client communication.

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The fundamental principles of dressage will be addressed. Basic riding exercises and dressage movements will be introduced emphasizing horse and rider fitness, and the development of the equine athlete through the classical and sequential training scale of rhythm, relaxation, connection, impulsion, straightness, and finally collection. Western Dressage principles will also be discussed and use of a western, hunt seat, or traditional dressage saddle will be acceptable.

  • NCTC School horse and appropriate tack will be provided for use.
  • Use of personal horse and tack is accepted per instructor approval.
  • Classic dressage saddles are not provided, but western and hunt seat saddles are available and acceptable for use in this class.

Lab fees apply

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A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts.  A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. 

Each student will be placed in the horse industry under the supervision of a prominent person who specializes in the student's main areas of interest. The student's industry training will be supervised by the instructor as well as their immediate supervisor on the job. Internship is typically completed 8 weeks, full time hours, during the summer, or part time hours during the fall or spring semester.

This course serves as the external or capstone experience.

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A study of advanced concepts in equine behavioral patterns that is relevant to specific performance training strategies. Emphasis will be given to safety, and different training methods involved with working a young horse. Students will use a systematic approach to training a two-year old horse from the ground to working specified maneuvers and patterns.

Lab fees apply

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Last updated: 03/19/2018