Equine Business Management

The Equine Business Management major is designed for students wishing to own or work in an equine-related business. Course work provides students with a solid academic foundation while supplying an abundance of practical experience. With advanced exposure to horse care and business management skills, the student can transform her love of horses into a productive career.

You'll focus on developing a strong business plan, marketing strategies, financial and legal initiative, management skills, and professional development that will be essential in communicating with those in the horse industry.

Equine Business Management Course Requirements (44 credit hours)

Equine Business Mgmt - Required Equine Courses

32 credits required. Complete all courses listed and an additional 6 credit hours of equine electives.

Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization.

This course is 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.

Comprised of eight one-credit courses, this series stresses the practical, applied aspects of stable management. Included are horse care and handling, management and upkeep of facilities, equipment operation and maintenance, personnel issues, public relations, and record keeping. 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.

Stresses behavior modification and safe handling techniques. Emphasis is on understanding normal equine behaviors as they relate to training and management.

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.

Physiology of digestion, principles of nutrition and feeding, nutrient requirements and deficiencies, and parasitological are covered. Practical considerations for effective nutritional management, including ration formulation, are emphasized. Anatomy, normal function, and disorders of the digestive system are included.

Comprised of eight one-credit courses, this series stresses the practical, applied aspects of stable management. Included are horse care and handling, management and upkeep of facilities, equipment operation and maintenance, personnel issues, public relations, and record keeping. 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.

Comprised of eight one-credit courses, this series stresses the practical, applied aspects of stable management. Included are horse care and handling, management and upkeep of facilities, equipment operation and maintenance, personnel issues, public relations, and record keeping. 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.

Course covers the anatomy, normal function and pathology of the skeleto-muscular system. Emphasis is placed on prevention, diagnosis and management of common lameness.

Comprised of eight one-credit courses, this series stresses the practical, applied aspects of stable management. Included are horse care and handling, management and upkeep of facilities, equipment operation and maintenance, personnel issues, public relations, and record keeping. 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.

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.

Equine Business Mgmt - Other Required Courses

12 credit hours; all courses listed.
BI101 (Biology) is a general studies course and counts towards general studies course requirements.

A study of the normal integrated functioning of the human organism in the context of principles and concepts relating the human organism to its environment. The major unifying concept of biology – evolution – is used as a framework for this study. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method and other problem-solving techniques. Fulfills general studies requirement. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: Score of 38 or better on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.

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.

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.

Introduces students to the world of small business and the fundamentals of effective small business management. Also may introduce selected contemporary issues affecting small business. Prerequisites: BU 121, BU 122, BU 241 and BU 251.

Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed.

Information about Course Requirements
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