Equestrian Facility Management
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
The Equestrian Facility Management major is the stepping stone to a professional career on the management side of the equine industry. The program puts the proper care and management of the horse at the foundation of your education.
As an Equestrian Facility Management major, you will develop the necessary skills to be marketable in today's competitive equine enterprises.
Coursework in this major prepares graduates for equine-related careers such as operations managers of boarding and training centers, breeding and sales, and work within specific discipline and breed organizations.
Students prepare for careers with trade show operations, feed companies, pharmaceutical sales and equine publication and promotion firms. Students develop skills in personnel management including the supervision, hiring, training, and evaluation of staff. Facility majors are required to take a wide array of equine-related courses including equine health, lameness, anatomy and physiology and courses focusing on the everyday care and maintenance of horses.
Courses in businesses focus on the preparation of a strong business plan, marketing strategies and the development of strong leadership, time management and organizational skills. The curriculum also includes state-of-the-art equine facility design coursework and a substantial stable management component, enabling the graduate to step right into employment in the equine industry. Lake Erie College Facility majors are highly motivated graduates, understanding the importance of professionalism and the attention to detail required to excel in the industry.
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 quality care of horses, while working with people in a business situation.
Requirements for this Major:
61-66 semester credits including:
- 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 203 Management of Equestrian Facilities (3 SH)
- EQ 204 Equine Facilities II and Operations (3 SH)
- EQ 210 Equine Health (4 SH)
- EQ 220 Introduction to Teaching Riding (2 SH)
- EQ 250/350 Internship in Equine Studies (1-5 SH)
- EQ 312 Principles and Theory of Competition (2 SH)
- EQ 320 Equine Nutrition (4 SH)
- EQ 324 Pasture Management (3 SH)
- EQ 331 Equine Lameness and Conditioning (4 SH)
- ET 201 Fundamentals of the Enterprise (4 SH)
- ET 211 New Venture Planning and Development (4 SH)
and eight semester credits from the following:
- BI 238 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 SH)
- BI 238L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 SH)
- BI 239 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 SH)
- BI 239L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 SH)
and two semester credits from the following:
- EQR 101 Riding Skills 1 (1 SH)
- EQR 102 Riding Skills II (1 SH)
- EQR 103 Riding Skills III (1 SH)
- EQR 112 Balanced Seat Equitation II (1 SH)
- EQR 113 Balanced Seat Equitation III (1 SH)
and EQ Teacher/Trainer Group 3 - Students must either acquire First Aid and Adult CPR Certification or take PE 110 First Aid and CPR Certification (2 SH) in their Junior or Senior year, and hold current certification status at the time or graduation.
Students who major in equestrian facility management must also enroll in BI 100 or BI 101 to satisfy the College's General Education requirement for scientific inquiry.
Other recommended elective courses for facility management majors include:
- EQ 170-79/270-79/370-79 Special Topics in Equine Studies (1-4 SH)
- EQ 181 Breeding Practicum (3 SH)
- EQ 230 Course Design (2 SH)
- EQ 316 Methods and Materials of Teaching Riding I (4 SH)
- EQ 340 Judging (2 SH)
- LG 315 Business Law I (4 SH)
- MN 312 Human Resource Management (4 SH)
- MN 323 Organizational Behavior (4 SH)
- PS 101 General Psychology (4 SH)
and EQ Teacher/Trainer Group 3 – 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 or graduation. • PE 110 First Aid and CPR Certification (2 SH) OR • Proof of current First Aid and CPR Certification