Equine Studies Courses

EQUI 100 Introduction to Horse Management 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the basic skills necessary for daily care and maintenance of the horse. Topics include safety, stall care, feeding and basic nutrition, handling and restraint, vices, common causes and treatment of lameness, equine emergencies and first aid, bandaging, basic medications, and trailer safety. Preventative health care, deworming and vaccination programs, and dental and farrier care are introduced. This course includes a weekly three-hour lab. Some weekend participation is expected. This course is a pre-requisite for students who wish to participate in equine-related work-study assignments. Corequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in EQUI 104.

EQUI 101 Introduction to Equine Studies 3 credits
This course is an introduction to horses and the horse industry. Topics include equine evolution and history, breeds, breed evolution and modern breed usage, colors and markings, basic genetic concepts, conformation and animal judging, introduction to major equestrian disciplines, and publications of the equine industry. Common equine diseases, physiology of vaccines, parasites, and alterative health care options are introduced; contemporary issues including equine welfare are discussed. This course includes a weekly three-hour lab session. Corequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in EQUI 104. Prerequisite: EQUI 100.

EQUI 103 Introduction to Riding 1 credit
This course is an introduction to basic hunt seat and western riding. The course includes mounted activity and basic theories of riding requiring unmounted work.

EQUI 104 Experiential Learning in Equine Studies Non-credit
This course provides direct experience at the College Equestrian Facility to supplement course work as directed by instructors for the following courses: EQUI 100, 101, 200, 201, 202, 301, 302, 304, 305, and 401. Students are required to participate in two experiential learning hours each week, regardless of the number of these courses enrolled within a semester.

EQUI 200 Horse Production and Management Techniques 3 credits
This course explores the preparation and use of the horse in multiple equestrian disciplines. Topics include selection for competition and evaluation for purchase, equestrian disciplines, sanctioning bodies of equestrian sports and associated transport and competition regulations, organization and management of horse shows, tack, bits, equipment and proper fitting, preparation of equines for show including grooming, clipping, braiding, and bandaging, equine insurance. Nutrition for performance and conditioning programs will be explored. This course includes a weekly three-hour lab. Corequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in EQUI 104. Prerequisite: EQUI 101.

EQUI 201 Equestrian Facility Design and Operation 3 credits
This course focuses on the design and construction of various types of private and commercial equine facilities. Topics include property layout, construction options, equipment, hay production and pasture management, water and waste management, zoning requirements, environmental impact of stables, legal obligations, contracts and liability, and economics and business management of facilities. Corequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in EQUI 104. Prerequisite: EQUI 200.

EQUI 202 Equine Anatomy, Physiology, and Health 4 credits
This course is a systems approach to the anatomical and physiological systems of the horse as related to common equine health concerns. Topics include diseases, epidemiology, vaccine and parasitology protocols, traditional and modern options for veterinary care, veterinary diagnostics, and considerations of preventative health care of the horse. This course includes a weekly three-hour lab. Corequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in EQUI 104. Prerequisites: BIOL 168, 169; EQUI 101. Students seeking a minor in Equine Studies may substitute BIOL 308 for BIOL 168 and 169.

EQUI 203 Hunt Seat 1 credit
This course is instruction in the theory and practice of hunt seat riding. The course includes both mounted instruction and classroom instruction as it applies to hunt seat, jumping, and showing in hunt seat and related disciplines. (This course may be repeated once for credit by Equine Majors.) Prerequisite: EQUI 103, tape, or test.

EQUI 204 Stock Seat 1 credit
This course is instruction in the theory and practice of western riding. The course includes both mounted instruction and classroom instruction as it applies to stock seat, reining, and related disciplines of western riding. (This course may be repeated once for credit by Equine Majors.) Prerequisite: EQUI 103, tape, or test.

EQUI 205 Driving 1 credit
This course is instruction in the theory and practice of equine driving. The course includes both driving instruction and classroom instruction as it applies to the variety of disciplines of driving. (This course may be repeated once for credit by Equine Majors.) Prerequisite: EQUI 103, tape, or test.

EQUI 301 Equine Sales Preparation and Marketing 1 credit
This laboratory course introduces working with young horses. Topics include handling, leading, physical and behavioral development of weanlings, pedigree analysis, and preparation of weanlings and yearlings for sales and marketing. Corequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in EQUI 104. Prerequisite: EQUI 201.

EQUI 302 Equine Sports Medicine and Lameness 4 credits
This course provides the student with basic insight into lameness and athletic injuries associated with various equine sports disciplines. Topics include gait abnormalities, lameness evaluation and pre-purchase exams, conformation and its effect on performance, disorders of joints, tendons, and muscles, veterinary diagnostics, medications, methods of therapy, and corrective shoeing applications. The roles of conditioning and cardiopulmonary disorders as factors in poor athletic performance and injuries are also examined. This course includes a weekly three-hour lab. Corequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in EQUI 104. Prerequisite: EQUI 202.

EQUI 303 Dressage 1 credit
This course is instruction in the theory and practice of dressage. The course includes both mounted and classroom instruction as it applies to dressage and related disciplines. Topics include the fundamentals of dressage, such as dressage seat position and effectiveness of the rider’s aids, the German training pyramid, the basics of centered riding, and knowledge of basic school figures. (This course may be repeated once for credit for Equine Majors.) Prerequisite: EQUI 203, tape, or test.

EQUI 304 Riding Instructor I 1 credit
This course provides instruction in American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) principles of teaching riding, including the teaching philosophy and preparation for certification. Students in the course spend two to four hours per week developing skills as a riding instructor by working with student-learners monitored by a coach. The course includes preparation for ARIA certification. Corequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in EQUI 104. Prerequisites: Four previous credits of mounted coursework.

EQUI 305 Equine Assisted Interventions 2 credits
This course emphasizes the therapeutic use of horses. The course focuses on methods to determine and meet the needs of individuals with physical, psychological, or cognitive limitations or issues. Students will participate in therapeutic riding classes and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning) sessions. This course may be repeated for credit.

EQUI 306 Riding in the Open 1 credit
This course provides a foundation for a safe approach to riding outside of enclosed arenas. Topics include theory of working the horse in an open area, flat work on various surfaces, riding hills, crossing streams and roadways, and proper conditioning for various disciplines of long-distance riding. Equestrian disciplines that include cross-country jumping (eventing, foxhunting, steeplechase) and trail riding (competitive trail, endurance riding) and extensive conditioning (polo) are introduced. Prerequisites: EQUI 201, 203, tape, or test.

EQUI 377 Junior Seminar 1 credit
This course studies the various employment opportunities and areas of further study for Equine Studies majors. Topics also include resume and portfolio development, professionalism in the equine industry, and developing the senior project.

EQUI 401 Equine Reproduction 3 credits
This course is an examination of the aspects of breeding farm production, both private and commercial. Topics include mare and stallion reproductive anatomy and endocrinology, mare and stallion handling, natural and artificial breeding methods, embryo transfer, breeding problems, teasing, record keeping, pregnancy management, normal and abnormal foaling, mare management, neonatal foal care, and recognition of foal disorders. Corequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in EQUI 104. Prerequisite: EQUI 202.

EQUI 403 Introduction to Eventing 1 credit
This course is instruction in the theory and practice of combined training. The course includes both mounted and classroom instruction as it applies to three-day eventing. (This course may be repeated once for credit by Equine Majors.) Prerequisite: EQUI 303, tape, or test.

EQUI 470 Internship in Equine Studies 2 credits
This experience is a professionally supervised internship with an off-campus equestrian facility or professional. (Repeatable for credit.)

EQUI 477 Senior Seminar 1 credit
This course is an introduction to writing methods, equestrian publications, and scientific literature in support of completing and presenting the senior project. Students complete a paper and make an oral presentation of the senior project.

EQUI 490 Senior Project 2-3 credits
The senior project is begun in the junior year and completed in the spring semester of the senior year.