The Equine Practitioner certificate prepares students for entrepreneurship, employment, or advancement in a variety of equine fields including business management, training, breeding, shoeing, sales marketing and nutrition.
||Intro to Equine Science
AGE 100. Introductory Equine Science (4). Introduction to horses as they relate to humans including history and development, adaptation, basic anatomy, types and classes, breeds, and horsemanship. Four lecture.
1. History and development of the horse industry
2. Selecting and judging horses
3. Functional anatomy
5. Types, classes, and breeds of horses
6. Buildings and equipment
1. Explain the history and development of the horse and horse industry. (1, 5)
2. Identify the status and future of the horse industry and its role in the global economy. (1, 8)
3. Categorize breeds, types, and classes of horses along with selection and conformation. (3-5)
4. Describe functional anatomy and physiology of the horse. (3, 4)
5. Investigate basic reproduction and breeding practices. (2-5)
6. Explain digestion and nutrition. (3, 4)
7. Establish appropriate feed programs for several types of horses. (3-5)
8. Identify common equine management practices. (5, 6, 8)
9. Identify appropriate facilities for safe horse keeping. (6, 8)
10. Review horse behavior and its relationship to training. (4, 7)
11. Describe necessary skills for safe horsemanship and equitation. (7)
||Fundamentals of Riding
AGE101 Fundamentals of Riding (2). Basics in pre-ride preparation, tacking, mounting, controlling and directing a horse at the walk and trot. Emphasis on safety, fundamental patterns, and smooth transitions. Includes exercises to develop focus, feel and balance to create fluid synchronization between horse and rider. One lecture. Two lab. Horse ownership required.
4. Warm Up
5. Mounting and Dismounting
6. Riding Aids
7. Walk, Trot, Halt, Back
8. Cool Down
1. Apply safety procedures while handling and riding horses. (1 – 8)
2. Groom a horse. (2)
3. Distinguish styles, fit and condition of tack. (3)
4. Tack a horse. (3)
5. Prepare a horse for riding. (1 - 4)
6. Mount and dismount safely. (1, 5)
7. Develop effective use of riding aids of legs, seat, hands and voice. (1, 6)
8. Perform transitions between the walk, trot, halt and back. (1, 7)
9. Apply focus, feel and balance methods while riding. (1, 6, 7)
10. Perform cool-down exercises. (1, 8)
||Equine Behavior and Psychology
AGE125. Equine Behavior and Psychology (3) (Fall). Exploration of how and why horses behave the way they do. Developmental timelines, perception, learning, social organization, and play. Includes observation and discussion of the elements that cultivate the horse/human connection. Three lecture.
1. Horse behavior
2. The 'physical' horse
3. Horse/human connection
1. Distinguish between the various life-stage characteristics and behaviors of horses through developmental timelines. (1)
2. Describe horses' senses and their role in behavior. (1)
3. Explain how horses learn. (1,2)
4. Describe the differences between domestic and natural behavior. (1)
5. Report the elements of the physical horse that affect behavior. (1,2)
6. Structure behavior reinforcement/modification plans for various temperaments and situations. (1-3)
7. Discuss methods and activities to cultivate the horse/human connection. (1,3)
||Equine Hoof Care
AGE140. Equine Hoof Care (3). Basic anatomy and physiology of the legs and feet, equine conformation, basic horseshoeing, and trimming. Evaluating proper horseshoeing Three lecture.
1. Anatomy of the lower limbs
2. Physiology of the lower limbs
1. Identify the parts of the legs and feet of a horse. (1)
2. Explain the locomotion of the legs and feet. (1)
3. Diagnose injury and disease of the legs and feet.(1)
4. Describe proper horse conformation. (1, 2)
5. Measure and trim a foot. (3,4)
6. Prepare a shoe for fitting. (5)
7. Identify equipment by name, use and purpose. (5)
8. Assess a horse for balance, soundness and performance. (3,4)
9. Evaluate proper trimming and horseshoeing (3,4)
||Advanced Riding Methods
AGE 201. Advanced Riding Methods (2). Advanced riding skills for any discipline. Emphasis on safety, tack, grooming, horsemanship, and applicable gaits for various breeds. Focus on balance, control, posting, transitions, lateral work, training patterns and basic trail obstacles. One lecture. Two lab. Horse ownership required or lease option available; contact instructor. Prerequisite: AGE 101.
1. Safety and etiquette
2. Grooming and saddling
3. Contact and control
5. Walk, trot/jog or gait, and canter/lope
7. Lateral work
8. Patterns and basic trail obstacles
1. Apply safety rules when engaging a horse. (1,2)
2. Apply show ring etiquette in events. (1,2)
3. Identify and fit the tack used in English and Western riding. (2)
4. Use correct seat and aids for specific styles of riding. (1,3,4)
5. Present a horse in a walk, jog/posting trot or alternative gait and canter/lope. (3-7)
6. Present transitions through the gaits. (3-6)
7. Turn a horse on forehand and haunch – half and side pass. (1,3-7)
8. Ride a horse through patterns including figure eight and serpentine. (1,3-8)
9. Navigate basic trail obstacles (1-8)
||Horse Nutrit/Health/First Aid
AGE 220. Principles of Horse Nutrition, Health, and First Aid (3) (Fall). Principles of horse nutrition and horse health. Emphasis on identifying potential problems associated with health and nutrition. Includes relationship of nutrition and health to horse breeding and methods of communicating with health care practitioners. Prerequisite: AGE 100. Three Lecture.
1. Functions of feeds
2. Nutrient needs
3. Vaccinations and disease control
4. Diseases and ailments
5. Vital signs
6. First aid, orthopedic emergencies and postoperative care
7. Poisonous plants
1. Describe what constitutes good health in a horse. (4,5)
2. Describe the digestive track of a horse. (2)
3. Explain equine nutritional requirements. (1,2)
4. Identify feed management practices for several types of horses. (1,2)
5. Describe horse physiology. (1-7)
6. Explain necessary nutrition and health for equine reproduction. (2,3,5)
7. Describe diseases and disorders related to nutrition, reproduction, and body systems. (3-5)
8. Summarize first aid procedures for medical emergencies. (6)
9. Identify and discuss the effects of poisonous plants. (5,6)
||Fac Mangmt and Special Events
AGE 230. Facilities Management and Special Events (2) (Fall). Aspects of managing boarding and training operations and special events. Includes buildings and equipment, local building codes, budgets, advertising and promotion, fences, and insurance for the welfare of the horse. Two lecture.
1. Managing a facility
2. Planning an equine event
1. Design facilities for various types of equine pursuits. (1)
2. Identify steps in the planning stages of an equine business and equine event. (1,2)
3. Analyze budgets for different types of equine businesses and events. (1,2)
4. List local codes, permits, insurance and legal requirements for an equine business and equine events. (1,2)
5. Construct marketing material for an equine business and equine event. (1,2)
||Ground Skills/Training Tech
AGE 260. Ground Skills and Training Techniques in Horsemanship (3) (Spring). Ground skills necessary for safety, control and cooperation with horses. Various training philosophies as well as methodologies involved in preparing individuals to train their own horse. Includes hands-on sessions with horses to build ground manners for liberty and riding. Personal horses welcome but not required. Two lecture. Two lab.
1. Ground skills and handling safety
2. The language of the horse
3. Renowned horsemen past and present
4. Training basics
5. Common problems and their solutions
1. Handle a horse with control and safety. (1)
2. Interpret the language of the horse and related behavior. (2)
3. Compare and discuss similarities and differences in training methods of renowned horsemen. (3, 4)
4. Explain and implement methods for developing a working foundation with a horse. (1 – 5)
||Agricultural Mechanics I
AGS 115. Agricultural Mechanics I (3). Develop basic principles and operative skills in electricity, and welding/cutting applications which are part of agricultural mechanics operations in the areas of Agriscience and Technology. Two lecture. Three lab.
1. Oxyacetylene equipment setup and safety
2. Basic oxyacetylene welds
3. Oxyacetylene cutting
4. Welding equipment and safety
5. Basic Arc and Mig welding
6. Classification system for wire and gases
7. Principles of electricity
8. Electrical safety conductors and overcurrent protection
9. Electrical repair
10. Simple circuit installation and testing
1. Electric arc weld using the SMAW to construct lap, butt and fillet welds in the flat position.
2. Gas weld and construct beads without filler rod, corner welds, beads with filler rod, and butt welds with filler rod.
3. Use the oxyacetylene cutting torch and the plasma arc process to make straight, bevel and pierce holes in steel.
4. Construct a welded steel project when given the specifications and raw materials.
5. Apply basic principles of electrical energy in solving problems of electrical distribution.
6. Wire horticultural and agriculture simulations utilizing principles of electromagnetic induction, single and three-phase circuits, low voltage timers and controls, and conductor sizing.
7. Measure electric power.
8. Protect wiring, electrical devices, and people with overcurrent protection devices and ground fault interrupters.
||Agricultural Mechanics II
AGS 215. Agricultural Mechanics II (3) (Spring). Develop principles and operative skills in small engine maintenance and repair, hydraulic design and use, agriculture equipment maintenance and problem solving which are part of agricultural mechanics operations in the area of Agriscience and Technology. Two lecture. Three lab.
1. Engine types and operating cycles
2. Engine operating principles
3. Engine disassembly and reassembly
4. Equipment operation safety
5. Agriculture equipment troubleshooting and maintenance
6. Hydraulic systems
7. Hydraulic troubleshooting and maintenance
8. Agricultural pumps
1. Apply the principles of internal combustion engines to the operation, disassembly, re-assembly and operation of small engines.
2. Diagnose and perform maintenance on small gas engines.
3. Diagnose and perform routine maintenance on agricultural equipment, including oil filters, air filters, fuel filters, batteries and belts.
4. Apply principles of hydraulic applications, including systems, parts and operations.
5. Design a hydraulic system utilizing all system components.
6. Identify and apply principles of agricultural pumps.
7. Disassemble and reassemble agricultural pumps.
Select 3 credit hours from the following courses:
AGE 141. Basic Horseshoeing (1). Shoeing techniques including keg shoe modification, hot shoeing, treating disease and injury, and corrective shoeing. Prerequisite: AGE 140. Two lab.
1. Bones and joints of the lower limb
2. Disease and injury
4. Movement problems
5. Keg shoe modification
1. Describe the suspensory apparatus and its impact on the hoof and leg when shoeing. (3,4)
2. Identify and list scientific names, definitions, functions, origin, and insertion of all tendons and major ligaments of the lower limbs. (3,1)
3. Determine anatomy involved and possible causes of the following conditions: lameness. (4 1,2,5)
4. Outline factors in identifying the affected limb and locating lameness. (4,2)
5. Identify the four basic gaits: walk, trot, pace, and canter. (5,3,4)
6. Identify contributing causes of gait faults. (1,5)
7. Apply structural modifications to horseshoes. (5)
||Fitness for the Horse & Rider
AGE 152. Fitness for the Horse and Rider (2). Emphasis on a relaxed, supple horse and a centered, balanced rider with a secure seat. Includes yoga and Pilates exercises for the rider on a mat and in saddle. Flexibility and strengthening exercises for the horse through ground work, passive stretching and under saddle. Horse ownership required. One lecture. Two lab.
1. Stretching, core strengthening and balance exercises for horse and rider
2. Breathing exercises for the rider
3. Horse and rider weight distribution
4. Group activities and maneuvering course obstacles
1. Use stretching, core strengthening and balance exercises on the ground and in saddle. (1, 2, 4)
2. Explain and utilize breathing techniques of the rider that influence relaxation and transitions at various gaits. (2, 3)
3. Balance the weight distribution of horse and rider for smooth transitions. (1, 3, 4)
4. Maneuver course obstacles in saddle applying fitness principles. (1 - 4)
||Rope Halters & Other Equip
AGE 154. Making Rope Halters & Other Horse-Handling Equipment (1). Basic knot tying and rope splicing principles to make custom rope halters, bridles, reins and lead ropes for horses, mules, llamas, etc. Includes basics of creating a home-based business using this craft. Two lab.
1. Basic knot tying for horsemen
2. Material selection
3. Principles, procedures and techniques for constructing rope halters, bridles, reins and lead ropes
4. Measuring animals for custom-fit halters and bridles
5. Creating a home-based business making rope horse-handling equipment
1. Identify and tie five common knots used by horsemen. (1)
2. Identify and select materials used in making horse-handling equipment. (2)
3. Construct eye splices and back splices on lead ropes and reins. (2,3)
4. Chart measurements for custom-sized rope halters and bridles. (3,4)
5. Construct custom rope halters, bridles, reins and lead ropes. (1-4)
6. Identify and explain: wholesale sourcing of materials, product assembly, resale pricing and marketing strategies. (5)
AGE 155. Equine Driving (1). Principles of driving horses. Emphasis on picking the right horse, harness use and function, vehicle maintenance, styles of driving, training requirements, and competitions. Emphasis on horse and driver safety. Three lab.
1. Picking the right horse
2. Harness types
5. Ground Work
7. Training Problems
9. Pairs and Teams
10. Caring for harness and carriage
1. Identify the parts of the harness.
2. Distinguish between the styles of harnesses and their functions.
3. Identify basic vehicle parts.
4. Fit a harness on the horse using approved safety measures.
5. Clean and maintain a vehicle for safety.
6. Categorize the training steps needed to start a horse driving.
7. Manage a horse on a long-line.
8. Describe the different gaits and how to get them.
9. Critique the common faults and training problems that develop.
10. Remove wheel and grease bearings.
11. Fit a horse to vehicle properly.
12. Identify the various competitions available to drivers.
13. Complete basic repairs to the harness.
14. Explain the difference between pairs and teams.