Equine Science

A Great Career in the Heart of Horse Country
  • 2019 Collegiate Champion at the American Stock Horse Association Collegiate Nationals
  • North Central Texas College Equine Center and their new signage
  • Landscape of the Equine Center at NCTC
  • Student Cinching a Saddle on their Horse
  • Two equine instructors prepare

North Central Texas College is located in the heart of the horse industry of North Texas. It is a diverse industry that supports a variety of activities in regions throughout the country. Of the approximately 9.2 million horses in the United States, nearly 1 million reside in Texas.

The Equine Science program offers hands-on experience and classroom instruction in horse training, breeding, and management.

If applying to this program, you should be aware that it is physically demanding and classes can be time consuming. Class attendance and assignments are both on- and off-campus. Students are expected to fulfill these commitments and more.

For these reasons, prospective students should download, complete, and email the Prospective Student Questionnaire to either Becky Terrell or Cathy Luse. Both prospective and current students are strongly encouraged to speak with Equine Science instructors at the beginning of each registration period.

Certificate & Degree Requirements

Student walking and leading a horse

Career Outlook

Full-time equivalent employment across the Texas horse industry exceeds 96,000 people and is growing every year.  Our Equine Science program can enable students to pursue careers as veterinarians, veterinary technicians, extension horse specialists, horse trainers or riding instructors, college professors, pedigree analysts, county agriculture agents, bloodstock agents, farm and ranch managers, and equine nutritionists.

With a degree in Equine Business Management, a student also could pursue a career as an auctioneer, a retailer, an equine journalist, a horse show manager, or in public relations and marketing.

Whether your interest is in training, breeding, showing, or teaching, there are many opportunities for students find suitable and fulfilling careers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to obtain this degree or certificate? add

The Equine Husbandry Occupational Skills Award is designed to take one semester.

Degree paths such as the Equine Management, Equine Science Horse Management and Training Certificate, and the Equine Science Breeding Farm Management Certificate endeavor to be completed in one year. 

Equine Science and Equine Business Management degrees typically require two years to complete.

Students, however, may set their own pace.

Does the college have facilities for boarding horses? add

Boarding is available to Stock Horse Team members. A 20-stall barn with wash tack, tack rooms, and feed rooms are available. Stalls are limited, so you're encouraged to put your name in early. Please download and fill out the boarding contract and submit it to Dr. Lisa Bellows, Agriculture Division Chair.

Students may pay their bills for these services through our eCommerce portal.

Horse Boarding Contract Pay Bills Online

Does the program include hands-on training? add

Yes, students will be working with horses in an environment and in conditions comparable to real-world employment.

NCTC also hosts several horse teams that you may be eligible to join. Please email Cathy Luse for more information on our equestrian teams.

Is financial aid available for students in this program? add

NCTC believes that all students should be allowed the opportunity to pursue higher education. The Financial Aid Office will help you in applying for aid. For more information, call (940) 668-4242, visit the Financial Aid Office online, or visit the Financial Aid Office on any of NCTC's five campuses. Also check our Scholarships for aid specifically offered by the Agriculture Department.

Financial Aid  Agriculture Scholarships