Equine Studies Concentrations
The concentration in Therapeutic Horsemanship gives students a theoretical knowledge of and practical experience with teaching horsemanship to people with disabilities. Successful students gain insight into the physical, psychosocial, cognitive and emotional effects of horses on human beings, particularly those people who have special needs or challenges. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared and qualified to become key employees in organizations offering equine-assisted activities.
Students are also expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of riding proficiency showing a secure seat, following hand and steady, clear aids. A thirty-hour teaching internship under the supervision of a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) certified therapeutic riding instructor is also required.
In the fall we offer EQ 181 Breeding Practicum. Students enroll with a wide variety of skill sets. Some students have handled breeding horses prior to this class and some have general horse handling skills. This class provides a great opportunity for students to teach and learn from each other. In the spring we offer EQ 242 Breeding Practicum for students that have completed EQ 181. In the laboratory students learn how to handle the stallions, mares and foals, collect and process semen and artificially inseminate mares.
Each spring the EQ 242 Stud Farm Management class has foal watch as part of its curriculum. Students monitor the pregnant mare using a video monitoring system.
EQ 405 offers students the opportunity to work on a group research project in the area of equine reproduction. Students have evaluated semen extenders, the effects of lighting on estrous and the use of pharmaceuticals in the breeding shed.