Overview

Explore different and exciting areas of equine study while you prepare for a career you are passionate about. The equine studies major provides you a well rounded education in various disciplines within the equine industry through courses in equine science, horse care, horse training, riding instruction, stable management and business. Together with your academic advisor, you will choose electives that emphasize areas of special interest and address specific career goals. This program is also well suited to be a second major or minor because of the vast knowledge that it affords students across a variety of platforms.

Major

In addition to Woods Core requirements, which are grounded in the liberal arts, you are required to complete 47 credit hours in equine studies for this major.

Required Equine Courses

41 credit hours required; Must complete fifteen (15) 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

Electives

Choose one of the following:

BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus & Online | 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 & Online 3 Credits
BU 251 Principles of Marketing
Campus & Online | 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 & Online 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 with your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions concerning course requirements.

Minor

The equine studies minor requires 21 credit hours of coursework.

Required Courses

21 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
Show Course Description

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
Show Course Description

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
Show Course Description

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
Show Course Description

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
Show Course Description

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 407 Equine Business Management and Facilities Design
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

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
Associate's Degree

The equine studies Associate’s Degree requires 32 credit hours of coursework.

Required Courses

29 credit hours required; Must complete thirteen (13) additional credit hours of equine electives.

EQ 100 Orientation to Equine Studies
Campus | 0 Credits
Show Course Description

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
Show Course Description

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
Show Course Description

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
Show Course Description

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
Show Course Description

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
Show Course Description

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 407 Equine Business Management and Facilities Design
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

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

Electives

Choose one of the following:

BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

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 & Online 3 Credits
BU 251 Principles of Marketing
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

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 & Online 3 Credits

Other Required Courses

Woods Core science requirement.

BI 101 Biology: Unity and Diversity
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

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
Career Paths

Careers in the equine industry are diverse. There are equine jobs requiring considerable versatility. You may find yourself in a small, privately-owned facility with only a few employees or in a large, elaborate operation. Some students are in line to take over a family business; others are hoping to start a business of their own.

Regardless of your situation, the skills learned at the Woods will serve you well in acquiring a position in your chosen field. In addition to horse care, horse training and management, equine studies students improve and enhance their computer, business, and communications skills.

 Employers of Our Graduates

  • Stockbridge Equine Center, Michigan
  • Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Kentucky
  • Ridgeline Equine Veterinary Services, Indiana
  • Mura Bella Animal Hospital, Florida
  • Davis Veterinary Services, Indiana
  • North Central Veterinary Clinic, Indiana
  • Danville, Veterinary Clinic, 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.