Equine Science

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

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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. 

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Reproductive anatomy, physiological functions, and common management practices related to equine reproductive facilities.

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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.

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

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Management of the equine business. Includes record keeping, insurance and liability, show management, equine promotion and sales, and employer relationships.

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

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Study of the advanced concepts in evaluation and selection of horses.

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Instruction in advanced horsemanship skills including cues, lead changes, head-set, side-pass, and pivots.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Instruction in basic equine behavior and training methods. Topics include anatomy and physiology, behavior, safety, health care management, and training methods.

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Last updated: 02/19/2019