Equine Science

The Equine Science minor provides a foundation in various areas of equine science. The program is designed for the pre-veterinary student wishing to specialize in equine practice.

Equine Science Minor Course Requirements (18 credit hours)

The Equine Science Minor is designated for pre-veterinary students, or those desiring a solid background in Equine Science.

Equine Science Minor - Required Course Option

Choose between EQ294 or EQ211

Examines the analysis of equine structure and movement in order to assist students in selecting suitable prospects for various athletic disciplines. Special attention is given to identification and consequences of serious structural faults as well as training practices which will help in averting breakdowns. Alternate format. As needed.

Course covers the inheritance of such characteristics as color, markings, structural characters and genetic defects in the horse. Responsible selection of stock for breeding or performance will be emphasized.

Equine Science Minor - Required Courses

16 credit hours required; all courses listed.

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.

Course provides an overview of the anatomy, normal function and pathology of the reproductive system of the stallion and mare. Normal reproduction and development as well as breeding problems are covered. Safe and correct stallion and broodmare management practices are also discussed.

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

Course covers the selection, evaluation and conditioning of equine athletes. Principles of exercise physiology, assessing and improving fitness and the prevention of injury are stressed. Preparation of horses involved in demanding disciplines such as eventing and endurance racing are emphasized.

Emphasis is placed on safe handling and restraint techniques used in the care and treatment of horses. Students will practice a variety of restraining and calming methods designed to allow treatment of the horse while minimizing risk of injury to it and to the caretaker.

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.

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Equine Jobs

Careers in the equine industry are diverse in nature and requirements. There are equine jobs requiring considerable versatility; in a small privately owned facility with only a few employees, for example. Other positions are more specialized and are generally found in large, elaborate operations. Some students are in line to take over a family business; others are hoping to start a business of their own.

Regardless of your situation, the skills learned at the Woods will serve you well in acquiring a position in your chosen field. In addition to horse care, horse training and management, Equine Studies students improve and enhance their computer, business, and communications skills. Students with the ability to train horses and instruct riders are highly sought after.

Employers of Our Graduates

  • Love Way Therapeutic Center, Indiana
  • Equine Country, North Carolina
  • Stepping Stone Farms, Georgia
  • Maple Ridge Sport Horses, Indiana
  • Last Straw Ranch, Texas
  • Pine View Farms, Ohio
  • Hoosier Park Race Track, 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.