Overview

The equine science minor is designed for pro-professional students or those desiring a solid background in equine science. This minor adds emphasis to general horse knowledge across many facets of the equine industry. Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees, veterinary degrees and/ or interested in being a vet technician will find this minor helpful. This minor is also very useful for individuals looking to eventually own or run their own boarding or training facility because there is so much general horse knowledge to be found in these courses. We strongly encourage this minor for all students who are interested in working directly with horses after the completion of their degree.

Minor

The equine science minor requires 23 credit hours to complete.

Required Courses

19 credit hours required; all courses listed.

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 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 302 Equine Reproduction
Campus | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of the anatomy, normal function and pathology of the reproductive system of the stallion and mare. Normal reproduction and development as well as breeding problems are covered. Safe and correct stallion and broodmare management practices are also discussed. As needed.

Campus 3 Credits
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 307 Functional Anatomy and Physiology of the Horse
Campus | 4 Credits
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An introductory study of the structures and functions of the various organ systems of the horse. This course will include a laboratory component in which students will perform dissection of the various organ systems of the horse. Three one- hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Every year. Course Fee.

Campus 4 Credits
EQ 347 Restraint and Handling Techniques for Pre-veterinary Students
Campus | 2 Credits
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Emphasizes safe handling and restraint techniques used in the care and treatment of horses. Students will practice a variety of restraining and calming methods designed to allow treatment of the horse while minimizing risk of injury to it and to the caretaker. This course also covers handling restraint of feline, canine, alpacas, bovine, swine, and exotic animals. Every other year.

Campus 2 Credits

Electives

4 credit hours required; all courses listed.

EQ 211 Principles of Selection
Campus | 2 Credits
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Examines the analysis of equine structure and movement in order to assist students in selecting suitable prospects for various athletic disciplines. Special attention is given to identification and consequences of serious structural faults as well as training practices which will help in averting breakdowns. As needed.

Campus 2 Credits
EQ 294 Equine Genetics
Campus | 2 Credits
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Examines the inheritance of such characteristics as color, markings, structural characters and genetic defects in the horse. Responsible selection of stock for breeding or performance will be emphasized. As needed.

Campus 2 Credits
EQ 317 Equine Exercise Science
Campus | 2 Credits
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The study of conditioning the equine athlete using basic principles of exercise physiology, energetics, kinetics, and sports medicine. As needed.

Campus 2 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

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

Careers in the equine industry are diverse in nature and requirements. Combined with majors in the sciences or the arts, a minor in equine science would provide you the opportunity to pursue careers in:

  • managing horse breeding facilities
  • equine research
  • college teaching
  • breed associations
  • event management
  • cooperative extensions
  • equine massage/physical therapy
  • horse publications
  • farriers
  • equine reproduction specialist
  • equine nutritionist
  • barn managers

Employers of Our Graduates

●       Love Way Therapeutic Center, Indiana

●       Equine Country, North Carolina

●       Stepping Stone Farms, Georgia

●       Maple Ridge Sport Horses, Indiana

●       Last Straw Ranch, Texas

●       Pine View Farms, Ohio

●       Hoosier Park Race Track, Indiana

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.