Overview

Do you have dreams of owning your own equine business? Are you interested in managing an equine operation? The equine business management major offers the strong foundation you will need to do either one — or both! Coursework provides students with a solid academic foundation and an abundance of practical experience. You’ll focus on developing a strong business plan, marketing strategies, financial and legal initiative, management skills, and professional development that will be essential in communicating with those in the horse industry.

With advanced exposure to horse care, horse training and equine management skills, you can transform your love of horses into a productive career.

Major

In addition to Woods Core requirements, the equine business management major requires the completion of 47 credit hours in equine courses.

Required Equine Courses

32 credit hours required; Must complete six (6) additional credit hours of equine electives.

EQ 100 Orientation to Equine Studies
Campus | 0 Credits
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Required of all equine studies majors, minors, and equestrian team members, and is offered each semester in concentrated form. It serves as an introduction to the rules, regulations and procedures of the Equine Center, with special attention to safety, proper techniques, and personal performance of each student. It will also aid in the placement of students at proper riding levels. Fall and Winter, every year.

Campus 0 Credits
EQ 103/105 First Year Stable Management
Campus | 1 each Credit
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Routine Horse Care/First Aid. Students will work closely with instructors to learn and practice skills necessary to effectively maintain and manage an equine facility. Each student will be responsible for the care of a horse throughout their stable management experience. Proficiency test will be given each semester. Fall and Winter, every year.

Campus 1 each Credit
EQ 111 Training and Handling I
Campus | 3 Credits
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Stresses behavior modification and safe handling techniques. Emphasis is on understanding normal equine behaviors as they relate to training and management. It requires significant independent work with yearlings, in addition to learning to work with partners. Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
EQ 200 General Equine Health
Campus | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of the anatomy, normal function and pathology of the body systems of the horse, excepting the skeletomuscular system. Prevention and management of common disorders is stressed. Every year.

Campus 3 Credits
EQ 203/205 Second Year Stable Management
Campus | 1 each Credit
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Farm Equipment and Facilities Management. Students will work closely with instructors to learn and practice skills necessary to effectively maintain and manage an equine facility. Each student will be responsible for the care of a horse throughout their stable management experience. Proficiency test will be given each semester. Fall and Winter, every year. Must have valid driver’s license for EQ 205.

Campus 1 each Credit
EQ 208 Equine Nutrition
Campus | 2 Credits
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A study of the principles of nutrition including digestion, absorption, and metabolism of the various nutrients within the horse, the characteristics of the nutrients, the characterization/composition of feedstuffs, and the digestive anatomy and physiology of the horse. Every year.

Campus 2 Credits
EQ 209 Applied Equine Feeding
Campus | 2 Credits
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A study of the nutritional needs/requirements of the equidae; the principles and current practices involved in providing balanced rations to horses of different physiological classes and states. Every year. One one-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory component. Prerequisite: EQ 208.

Campus 2 Credits
EQ 303/305 Third Year Stable Management
Campus | 1 each Credit
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Equine Marketing. Students will work closely with instructors to learn and practice skills necessary to effectively maintain and manage an equine facility. Each student will be responsible for the care of a horse throughout their stable management experience. Proficiency test will be given each semester. Fall and Winter, every year.

Campus 1 each Credit
EQ 306 Equine Lameness
Campus | 3 Credits
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Anatomy, normal function, and pathology of the skeleto-muscular system with emphasis on prevention, diagnosis and management of common lameness. Every year.

Campus 3 Credits
EQ 403/405 Fourth Year Stable Management
Campus | 1 each Credit
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Equine Farm Administration. Students will work closely with instructors to learn and practice skills necessary to effectively maintain and manage an equine facility. Each student will be responsible for the care of a horse throughout their stable management experience. Proficiency test will be given each semester. Fall and Winter, every year.

Campus 1 each Credit
EQ 407 Equine Business Management and Facilities Design
Campus | 3 Credits
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Important considerations of running an equine-related business, such as insurance, personnel issues, budgeting, liability, taxes, capital, credit, business planning, record-keeping, marketing and public relations are emphasized. Proper design, planning and construction of equine facilities is also covered. Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
EQ 417 Equine Environmental Management
Campus | 2 Credits
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Emphasizes proper management of grasslands and equine facilities in accordance with environmental principles. Promotion of healthy, productive pastureland, barns, paddocks and water sources with a minimum of environmental impact will be stressed. As needed.

Campus 2 Credits

Other Electives

15 credit hours required; All courses listed.

BU 121 Principles of Accounting I
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, March, and May.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 251 Principles of Marketing
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January, and May.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 371 Business Law
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes, and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasizes the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: August, March.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 345 Small Business Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces students to the world of small business and the fundamentals of effective small business management. Also may introduce selected contemporary issues affecting small business. Campus: Spring, odd years; WOL: March, May. Prerequisites: BU 121, BU 122, BU 241 and BU 251.

Campus 3 Credits

Other Required Courses

Woods Core science requirement

BI 101 Biology: Unity and Diversity
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This is a one semester non-majors course in biology. Students will practice science, science methodologies, critical thinking and problem solving techniques. Students will become informed on the basic biological processes important for maintaining life and diversity. In addition, they will become familiar with the diversity of biological organisms and how they interact with each other as well as understand evolutionary theory as a unifying concept in biology. Students will become practiced in the applications of scientific methodology through laboratory activities. Student comprehension of these concepts will help them make better informed decisions about their bodies and the environment. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fulfills Woods Core Requirement. Course fee. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements

We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

The equine business management major is for students who are interested in the commercial and organizational aspects of the equine industry. Careers in the  equinebusiness are diverse,  requiring a wide range of skills. Positions may be related to specific operations or to businesses that provide support to the equine industry. As a graduate of this program, you may pursue several career options:

  • accountant
  • horse extension specialist,
  • rider/trainer
  • boarding stable owner/manager
  • race track management
  • equine writer/photographer
  • horse show computer systems specialist
  • event publicist
  • equine insurance agent 

Employers of Our Graduates

  • Signature Stallion Thoroughbred Farm, Florida
  • Equine Country, North Carolina
  • Maple Ridge Sport Horses, Indiana
  • Hoosier Park Race Track, Indiana
  • Lakota Horse Trailer Sales, Indiana
  • Alpha Equestrian Center, Georgia

Equine Internships

We assist you in finding educational internships for the summer and during school breaks.  Previous internships have included work at breeding farms, lesson and show barns, and summer camps. Internships are a valuable learning tool and we strongly encourage students to take advantage of this experience even before you begin your college education.