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Equine Science - Horse Management and Training

Level 1 Workforce Certificate

Horse Management and Training curriculum focus on the specific needs of the student, whether that is to work for a top trainer or manage a horse training business as a sole proprietor. Students may pursue a certificate then if they chose migrate to an AAS degree as all courses in the certificate apply toward the AAS. Some of the careers available to graduates include Horse Trainer/Riding Instructor, Farm/Ranch Manager, Veterinary Technician, Bloodstock Agent, Extension Horse Specialist, and Pedigree Analyst.

Upon completion of the Level 1 Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Identify the major horse breeds and describe their characteristics.
  • Describe ideal, correct, and incorrect movement in performance horses.
  • Demonstrate correct and safe handling of horses.
  • Demonstrate a balanced seat and posture in all gaits
  • Recognize behavioral patterns and adapt training methods accordingly to individual horses.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

This degree is completed completely face-to-face. The program is designed to take three semesters to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.

Certificate Requirements

First Semester
AGEQ 1411 EQUINE SCIENCE I (HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT) 4 credit hours
AGEQ 1401 EQUINE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING I 4 credit hours
AGEQ 1205 EQUINE ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT 2 credit hours
AGEQ 1319 HORSEMANSHIP I 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 1300 ENGLISH EQUITATION I 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 1370 LOCAL NEEDS - PRINCIPLES OF RANCH HORSE RIDING I 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 13
Second Semester
AGEQ 2310 EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3 credit hours
AGEQ 2311 EQUINE SCIENCE II (ADVANCED HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT) 3 credit hours
AGEQ 2401 EQUINE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING II 4 credit hours
AGEQ 1315 HORSE EVALUATION I 3 credit hours
AGRI 2303 AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION I 3 credit hours
OR
AGRI 2301 AGRICULTURAL POWER UNITS 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 16
Third Semester
AGAH 1372 AGRICULTURAL SPANISH 3 credit hours
AGEQ 2339 HORSEMANSHIP II 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 2359 ENGLISH EQUITATION II 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 1371 LOCAL NEEDS - PRINCIPLES OF RANCH HORSE RIDING II 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 2370 LOCAL NEEDS - REINING 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 2371 LOCAL NEEDS - ADVANCED RANCH HORSE RIDING 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 2372 LOCAL NEEDS-ADVANCED REINING 3 credit hours
AGEQ 2386 INTERNSHIP - EQUINE SCIENCE 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 12

Total Credit Hours: 41

Capstone Requirement: AGEQ 2386 Internship - Equestrian/Equine Studies is the capstone requirement and may not be substituted. It should be taken the last semester before graduation.