Overview

Do you love the idea of making a connection with a horse and training it to succeed in certain tasks? The equine training and instruction major might just be what you are looking for.
This major prepares you to teach equitation and/or develop a personal training philosophy that can be applied after graduation in a variety of equine jobs. Throughout your course work you will be exposed to many different concepts and approaches to training, instructing and horse care. As a student, you may gain experience in schooling problem horses, handling and starting young horses, and working in a specific discipline such as dressage, jumping, western riding/reining, or timed event. The curriculum is tailored to emphasize horse training, or instructing, or a combination of both.

Major

In addition to Woods Core requirements, the equine business management major requires the completion of 48 credit hours in equine courses.

Required Equine Courses

45 credit hours required; Must complete two (2) additional credit hours of equine electives and eight (8) additional credit hours of riding courses. Choose either EQ 291 or EQ 292.

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 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 214 Theory of Basic Training
Campus | 2 Credits
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The basic concepts of training the inexperienced or experienced horse will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the horse’s psychological makeup and how it influences his capacity to learn. Connections will be made between historic and current training techniques. Students will be required to apply training techniques to influence horse behavior Spring, every year.

Campus 2 Credits
EQ 244 Introduction to Equine Instruction
Campus | 3 Credits
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Designed to give students experience in evaluating horses and riders, and developing a lesson program that will produce optimum results. Emphasis is placed on defining and understanding correct rider position. Students will study effective methods of teaching, creating lesson plans, and teaching riders who vary in age ability and level of confidence. Odd years.

Campus 3 Credits
EQ 291 Equipment and Preparation, English Emphasis
Campus | 2 Credits
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Covers the principles and techniques of preparing a horse for sale, grooming for competition and proper selection, care and use of equipment. As needed.

Campus 2 Credits
EQ 292 Equipment and Preparation, Western Emphasis
Campus | 2 Credits
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Covers the principles and techniques of preparing a horse for sale, grooming for competition and proper selection, care and use of equipment. As needed.

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 315 Theory of Equitation
Campus | 2 Credits
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Students will examine the theories behind various riding techniques and the ways in which they promote body awareness and control in the rider. Application of this knowledge will allow the student to improve overall performance of the horse especially with respect to balance, carriage, and communication. Fall, even years.

Campus 2 Credits
EQ 316 Basic Schooling
Campus | 2 Credits
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Concepts such as bending and improving the horse’s balance will be emphasized. Students will become acquainted with rhythm, suppleness, and impulsion. Upon completion, the student should be able to maintain a consistent frame. As needed.

Campus 2 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

Electives

Choose one:

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 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. A degree in this field can help you launch a rewarding career training horses for your family business, a small, privately-owned facility or a large operation. Thanks to your Woods education plus the practical experiences and internships you may get through the program, you may even have your own horse-training business by the time you graduate, if you so choose. (Some of our graduates have!) 

Employers of Our Graduates

  • Sacred Heart Academy, Louisiana
  • Byers Farm, Ponies of America, Indiana
  • Reins of Life, Indiana
  • Maple Ridge Sport Horses, Indiana
  • Arrow Rose Training Center, Indiana
  • Lone Pine Farm, Virginia
  • Sycamore Farms, Kentucky
  • Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center, 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.