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Equine Studies Concentrations

Degree Awarded:  Bachelor of Arts

Equine studies students may, but are not required, to undertake additional study in one of the two areas of concentration: stud farm management or therapeutic horsemanship.

Requirements for this Major:

Equine Stud Farm Management Concentration

The concentration in equine stud farm management prepares individuals for positions of responsibility in the equine breeding business. General science and physiology, along with the business courses in management, provide a sound educational background for the more specialized coursework in equine health, nutrition, genetics and reproduction. Internships, academic programs, independent study and laboratory work provide knowledge and expertise in farm management breeding, foaling and marketing. Exposure to a wide variety of farm management techniques provides a foundation of information for future stud farm managers. The stud farm management concentration provides a specialized foundation in equine science for students preparing for veterinary or graduate level programs at other institutions. Students who choose the stud farm management concentration are required to take the following courses in addition to the courses required for all equine majors:

Therapeutic Horsemanship Concentration

The concentration in therapeutic horsemanship gives students a theoretical knowledge of and practical experience with teaching horsemanship to people with disabilities. Successful students gain insight into the physical, psychosocial, cognitive and emotional effects of horses on human beings, particularly those people who have special needs or challenges. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared and qualified to become key employees in organizations offering equine-assisted activities. This concentration is offered in partnership with Fieldstone Therapeutic Riding Center.

Students are also expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of riding proficiency showing a secure seat, following hand and steady, clear aids. A 150-hour teaching internship under the supervision of a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, (P.A.T.H. International) certified therapeutic riding instructor is required. The coursework provides the following:
1. An understanding of the scope of the therapeutic riding industry.
2. An understanding of the physiological principles involved in riding for people with disabilities.
3. An insight into animal behavior and man's ability to humanely partner with horses to positively impact the quality of life for individuals as well as community.
4. The ability to apply knowledge gained to solve problems and to integrate solutions to attain successful therapeutic goals.

16 semester credits including:

EQR 102 Riding Skills II or EQR 113 Balanced Seat Equitation III or higher (1 SH)

and three semester credits from one of the following:

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