Equine Studies & Management
Course Descriptions

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  • ADG 150 Outfitting & General Guiding/5(4-2-0) S:Teaches the fundamental skills needed to plan and implement guided backcountry trips using horses and mules.

Prerequisite: ASC 216, ASC 243 or Program Director Approval

  • ASC 102 Introduction to Equine Science/4(3-2-0) F:Covers the basics of the equine industry, history, breeds, selection, form to function, care and management, soundness, health, reproduction, feeding, facilities, physiology, production systems and management systems.
  • ASC 143 Elementary Western Equitation/2(0-4-0): Provides the student with an introduction to basic safe handling and riding of the western horse.
  • ASC 243 Intermediate Western Equitation/2(0-4-0) F:Provides the student basic to intermediate horsemanship and maneuvers, improved body position, and advanced control.

Prerequisite: ASC 143

  • ASC 216 Intermediate English Equitation/2(0-4-0) F: Provides the advanced English rider with an introduction to jumping.

Prerequisite: ASC 143

  • EQM 103 Management Practicum I/3:Enables students to gain practical experience in basic horse husbandry, basic horsemanship and stable management practices. Students are assigned a horse and practice day to day management at the college’s equine facility. Through practical experience students develop professional characteristics in appearance, attitude and work ethic.
  • EQM 203 Management Practicum II/3:Builds on EQM 103 by enabling students to gain practical experience in basic horse husbandry, basic horsemanship and stable management practices. Students are assigned a horse and practice day to day management at the college’s equine facility. Through practical experience students develop professional characteristics in appearance, attitude and work ethic.                                   Prerequisite: EQM 103
  • EQM 151 Horse Production/4(4-0-0) S:Focuses on the external anatomy, and internal anatomy and physiology including skeleton, joints, muscles, digestive system, urinary-excretory system, respiratory system, circulatory system, nervous system, skin and hair.  Covers the elements of conditioning these systems for various levels of training. Prerequisite: ASC 102
  • EQM 153 Equine Evaluation/3(2-2-0) F:Focuses on the evaluation of a horse’s conformation and performance.  Covers terms used in judging horse conformation, evaluation of a horse’s conformation and structural soundness, and evaluating performance horses in various classes.
  • EQM 158 Equine Reproduction/2(2-0-0) S:Introduces horse reproduction and the various breeding and management practices found on breeding farms.  Covers physiology of the mare and stallion reproductive systems, care of the stallion and the mare, mare heat detection, breeding, care of pregnant mares, foaling, problems in the foal, and care of the foal and yearling.

Prerequisite: ASC 102

  • FAS 100 Farrier Science I/4:Introduces horses from evolution to the present with emphasis on existing breeds and shoeing requirements. Course also covers behavior patterns of horses, proper handling and safety; need for and frequency of shoeing, anatomy and physiology of the lower leg, angles, hoof preparation, shoe selection, shaping and basic techniques.
  • FAS 110 Farrier Science II/4:Focuses on corrective shoeing for pleasure and racehorses. Emphasizes anatomy of horses, physiology of the lower leg, preliminary examination, and natural angles of the legs, hoof preparation and normal shoeing.

Prerequisite: FAS 100

  • FAS 120 Farrier Science III/4:Introduces special purpose shoeing for racehorses, trail horses, etc. Examines corrective shoeing, shoeing requirements for various breeds, special purpose plating, special equipment and public relations.

Prerequisite: FAS 110

  • HTM 152 Basic Care & Training/7:Provides each student with one horse to start and train in the following: grooming properly; bitting and driving; standing still while being saddled, bridled and mounted; working on the rail; taking proper leads; backing and loping circles, stopping, two-tracking; and opening gates. This is a hands on lab class that gives the student the opportunity to green break a young horse.

Prerequisite: ASC 243 and Program Director Approval

  • HTM 253 Specialized Training/7: Provides each student with one or more horses to train. The first part of the semester will deal with establishing the foundation on the horses. The remainder of the semester will be utilized in training the horse to a specialized skill; reining, roping, barrel racing etc. This section will end with the student participating in the demonstration horse show.

Prerequisite: ASC 243, HTM 152 and Program Director approval.

  • EQT 200 Fundamentals of Riding Instruction/3:Develops the basic skills needed to become effective teachers of riding. Through classroom and arena assignments, students have the opportunity to gain confidence, learn methods of organization, develop lesson plans and practice teaching techniques. Students learn techniques in teaching basic skills for western horsemanship.
  • EQM 215 Lameness/3: Expands on basic equine anatomy with emphasis on normal function of front & rear legs & feet including methods of evaluating deviations from normal function presented as lameness in horses. Also discusses response to injury by the body, forms of therapy and conditioning techniques for returning horses to work after injury. Prerequisite: ASC 102 or Permission of Instructor
  • HTM 280 Internship/12 credits max:Provides each student with opportunity for placement in the horse industry under a prominent person who specializes in the student’s main are of interest. Students will return with a paper and presentation to the committee for review. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in Equine classes to be placed on internship. Location and area of study to be approved by Program Director