Our most popular major and one that satisfies pre-veterinary program requirements when combined with the necessary Biology and Chemistry coursework.
This program is designed for the individual interested in providing top quality management of and equestrian facility (boarding barn, competition stable, training farm, sales facility, horse show complex, etc.). Equestrian Facility Management is an ideal major for the student interested in overseeing quality care of horses, while working with people in a business situation. Essential skills and proficiency testing will be assessed periodically for students in this program.
Students in this major must comply with all Student Standards, Rider Fitness and Rider Size components of the Equine Studies Student and Rider Eligibility Standards.
General Admission Requirements for Equine Studies
Students enrolling in equine studies classes must meet standards established for physical abilities to participate in any experiential activities involving horses, including riding horses and barn activities. Equine welfare standards and best practices mandate that horses will not be expected to carry a rider and tack exceeding 20% of the horse's body weight. Riders over 240 pounds are ineligible to ride. See the Equine Studies Student and Rider Eligibility Standards policy available from the School of Equine Studies.
Requirements for the Major
54-61 semester credits including:
AC 101 Accounting Principles I (3 SH)
BI 100 Concepts of Biology (3 SH) or BI 101/L Introductory Biology I/Lab **Meets General Education Requirement
EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 SH) ** Meets General Education Requirement
EQ 109 Introduction to the Equine Industry (3 SH)
EQ 110 Horse Care Practicum (4 SH)
EQ 202 Management of Equestrian Activities (3 SH)
EQ 210 Equine Health (3 SH)
EQ 211 Equestrian Business Essentials (3 SH)
EQ 238 Equine Anatomy and Physiology I (3 SH)
EQ 239 Equine Anatomy and Physiology II (3 SH)
EQ 250 / 350 Internship in Equine Studies (1-5 SH)
EQ 312 Principles and Theory of Competition (2 SH)
EQ 320 Equine Nutrition (3 SH)
EQ 324 Pasture Management (3 SH)
EQ 331 Equine Lameness (3 SH)
MK 203 Marketing Principles (3 SH)
MK 301 Social and Digital Media Marketing (3 SH)
And 2 semester credits from the following EQ Facility Management Group 1. These riding classes must be completed by the spring semester of the junior year.
EQR 140 Beginning Forward Seat Riding (1 SH)
EQR 141 Novice Forward Seat Riding (1 SH)
EQR 143 Advanced Forward Seat Riding (1 SH)
EQR 112 Riding Fundamentals 2 (1 SH)
EQR 114 Principles of Dressage (1 SH)
EQR 201 Western Seat I (1 SH)
EQR 202 Western Seat 2 (1 SH)
And EQ Facility Management Group 2 - students must either acquire First Aid and Adult CPR Certification or take PE 110 in Junior or Senior year, and hold current certification status at the time of graduation.
PE 110 First Aid and CPR Certification (2 SH)
Proof of Current First Aid and CPR Certification.
Top Quality Management
This program is designed for the individual interested in providing top quality management of an equestrian facility (boarding barn, competition stable, training farm, sales facility, horse show complex, etc.). Equestrian facility management is an ideal major for the student interested in overseeing the quality care of horses while working with people in a business situation.
Lake Erie College's equine studies program is the first step on the road to success. The broad-based liberal arts foundation that Lake Erie College provides, combined with a major program of study, is the best preparation for any career.
Students will learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and develop a sense of confidence that promotes leadership skills. Students can turn their avocation for horses into a vocation in the equestrian industry.
Many students choose to combine their equestrian interests with studies in the natural sciences, business or psychology, or with preparation for veterinary or graduate school. Additionally, our curriculum addresses the needs of students who will work in a world that is becoming increasingly interdependent, by providing opportunities to learn about peoples and cultures other than their own.