What Makes Equine Studies so Special at The Woods
- Small class sizes for one-on-one instruction
- Direct access to 48 college-owned horses – Quarter Horses, Paints, Thoroughbreds and warmbloods.
- Hands-on experience caring for horses and facilities
- Teaching opportunities for public riding lessons
- State-of-the-art teaching labs and equipment
- On- and off-campus internships
- Two week Study Abroad experience of the Equine Industry in Ireland led by SMWC faculty includes cultural and equine industry experiences (nutrition, training, veterinary, breeding, research, marketing, etc.)
- Nationally-ranked Western and Hunt Seat competitive teams.
- Collegiate Horsemen’s Association is a club for all SMWC equine enthusiasts. Members participate in horse-related activities such as therapeutic riding, horse rescue, clinics, expositions, horse shows, fun shows, trail rides and socials.
You’ll find a beautiful equine facility at The Woods, which includes 55 horse stalls, 3 tack rooms, 4 grooming stalls, 2 wash stalls, classrooms and more.
Life in the Boots of a Woods Student
What’s it like being an equine major?
It takes a special breed to pursue a career in equine studies. Our equine students are passionate, hardworking and dedicated. Here’s a sample of a typical day.
- Clean stall and turn horse out to pasture
- Attend Classes: Equine Stable Management, Biology and Equine Nutrition
- Team workouts and lunch
- Attend Classes: Math or English, Riding Class and Equine Genetics
- Retrieve horse from the pasture and groom
- Team practice
- Riding Lessons
Award-winning Western and Hunt seat teams and individual riders regularly compete and place in regional, semi-final and national competitions.
Join a Team and Ride to Success
SMWC is proud to be a part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). All campus majors can try out for the two equestrian teams at The Woods — Western and Hunt Seat. As a member of the IHSA, both of SMWC’s award-winning teams and many individual riders have competed and placed in regional, semi-final and national competitions. As a member of the team, you’ll have the opportunity to compete with these schools in our region:
- Ball State University
- Butler University
- Earlham College
- Eastern Illinois
- Indiana University
- Indiana University of South Bend
- Parkland College
- Purdue North Central
- Purdue Calumet
- Purdue University
- St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame
- Taylor University
- University of Illinois
- University of Illinois – Urbana, Champaign