Equine Science Courses

EQSC 140 - Introduction to Horsemanship and Equitation
Hours: 3
Introduction to horse handling and equitation including grooming, saddling, bridling, horse care and basic riding techniques (English and Western). Emphasis on practical work and confidence building for students with little or no horse experience.

EQSC 225 - Horse Evaluation
Hours: 3
(AGRI 2321) Introduction to horse judging. Establishes the critical and analytical thinking skills, judgment, and written and oral communication skills in preparation for horse judging in competitive settings.

EQSC 240 - Introduction to Equine Science
Hours: 3
Introduction to structure and function of the horse, equine management, nutrition, conformation, biomechanics, reproduction and health. Overview of the equine industry and career choices.

EQSC 241 - Advanced Horsemanship
Hours: 3
Refinement of equitation and horse training principles for various disciplines. Prerequisites: EQSC 240, EQSC 345.

EQSC 297 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4

EQSC 321 - Equine Genetics and Mating Selection
Hours: 3
Principles of genetics, and application of breeding selection with emphasis on the horse. Study of genetic disorders, inheritance, and genetic improvement of horses. Prerequisites: ANS 118 or EQSC 240.

EQSC 322 - Equine Exercise Physiology
Hours: 3
Fundamentals of evidence-based equine training and exercise methods. Discussion of training programs, their assessment and effectiveness, and prevention of exercise-induced injuries. Prerequisites: ANS 1319 or EQSC 240, and EQSC 323.

EQSC 323 - Equine Anatomy and Physiology
Hours: 3
Equine structure and function with emphasis on the nervous, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.

EQSC 325 - Advanced Horse Evaluation
Hours: 3
Course emphasis is on equine evaluation in competition with refinement of decision making and public speaking skills. Travel to horse competitions is required. Prerequisites: EQSC 225.

EQSC 340 - Yearling Training
Hours: 3
This class is designed to help students learn the objectives for training yearling colts. The students will do ground work with the horses that is beyond halter breaking the colts. The students will work on getting horses ready for the many aspects involved in being saddle horses. The students will learn how to teach the colts to walk, trot, and lope in both directions on a longe line, load into a trailer on their own, listen to verbal commands, come up to people in the pasture for catching, stand correctly and still for purposes of show, general obedience, and future farrier needs, as well as many other aspects of training a young horse. Prerequisites: EQSC 240.

EQSC 341 - 2-Yr-Old Horse Training
Hours: 3
Habituation of the young horse to tack and work under saddle. Prerequisites: EQSC 240, EQSC 241, EQSC 345.

EQSC 342 - Equine Nutrition
Hours: 3
Nutrition of the horse according to stage of development, use and training. Discussion of ration formulation, feeding practice and digestive disorders. Prerequisites: ANS 1319 or EQSC 240.

EQSC 343 - Equine Reproduction
Hours: 3
Anatomy and physiology of the mare and stallion including lactation, endocrinology, parturition, semen quality and behavior. Management of broodmares, stallions and foals. Prerequisites: ANS 1319 or EQSC 240.

EQSC 344 - Equine Veterinary Techniques
Hours: 3
Equine disease management with focus on preventative health care. Introduction to first response emergency and critical care techniques and appropriate application of veterinary medications. Prerequisites: EQSC 240 or ANS 118.

EQSC 345 - Equine Training and Behavior Modification
Hours: 3
Introduction to equine perception, behavior, memory and learning. Behavior analysis in young and adult horses and application of evidence-based training principles. Introduction of corrective methods to discourage unwanted behaviors and enforce the desired behaviors. Prerequisites: EQSC 240 or ANS 118.

EQSC 346 - Equine Reproductive Techniques
Hours: 3
Introduction to routine reproductive techniques such as estrus detection, semen management, breeding techniques, artificial insemination, sonographic pregnancy diagnosis, and introduction to reproductive health management. Emphasis is on stallion, mare and foal examination and application of veterinary techniques related to equine reproduction. Prerequisites: ANS 1319 or EQSC 240, EQSC 343.

EQSC 441 - Stable Management
Hours: 3
Horse and barn management principles for breeding, training or boarding facilities including horse and client safety, preventative health care, record keeping, emergency care, facility and manure management, feed and supply management, equine law and customer relations. Prerequisites: EQSC 240.

EQSC 443 - Equine Enterprise Management
Hours: 3
Application of economic principles to the equine industry in order to develop a profitable equine business. Discussion of strategies to develop a business idea or a starter business, as well as adequate pricing and marketing of equine services. Prerequisites: ANS 118 or EQSC 240.

EQSC 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4

EQSC 491 - H Ind Honors Readings
Hours: 3
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member.

EQSC 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 0-4
Special Topic