Equestrian Studies


100 Level

  • EQST 110 Fundamentals of Horse Care

    EQST 110

    Fundamentals of Horse Care
    This introductory course focuses on the care and maintenance of horses in a safe and secure environment. Students acquire an overview of all fundamental aspects associated with the care and the provisions necessary for the equestrian professional. Fundamental skills, including food and nutrition, proper use of equipment and common preventative measures for equine ailments, are introduced.
  • EQST 115 Advanced Horse Care and Management

    EQST 115

    Advanced Horse Care and Management
    This course introduces advanced horse care concepts, including infectious disease control and emergency care. Students gain experience caring for horses as individuals and athletes with respect to their specific discipline orientation and prepare horses for the competition arena. Additionally, students are introduced to the concepts and principles of stable/herd management and record keeping. Proper assessment, response and management of emergency situations are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): EQST 110.

200 Level

  • EQST 205 Principles and Theories of Riding and Training Horses

    EQST 205

    Principles and Theories of Riding and Training Horses
    Students receive a strong foundation in the basic theories of riding as well as the fundamental principles of horses in sport. In this lecture setting, students discuss the evolution of the horse from worker to athlete and the physical capabilities of horses, such as longitudinal and lateral work, jumping, driving and dressage, and their strengths and weaknesses. Students also explore the rider’s aids, position, balance, control and learning methodologies as they relate to the horse and rider and the respective disciplines.
  • EQST 215 Principles and Applications of Training Horses

    EQST 215

    Principles and Applications of Training Horses
    Students apply the practices of modern-day trainers and their techniques as well as the methods and use of various training tools and equipment. Emphasis is placed upon working horses from the ground and learning to influence the horse through an increased understanding of the horse’s psychology and physiology. In addition, students develop a personal philosophy toward training and gain practical experience in applying these principles through conditioning, timing, lunging, long-lining, working in the round pen and learning to start a young horse correctly. Prerequisite(s): EQST 205.
  • EQST 220 Barn Construction, Design and Facility Layout

    EQST 220

    Barn Construction, Design and Facility Layout
    In this course, students explore the design and construction of barns, indoor and outdoor arenas and other barn-related structures with attention given to the layout of an equine property and the proper use of available acreage as it relates to the goals of that facility and the needs of the horse. The course includes discussion of land selection, site consideration, topography and natural amenities, financial considerations, permits and building code regulation requirements, and potential environmental issues. In addition, students gather a basic understanding of the various types of structures, materials, foundations, and fencing needs and options.

300 Level

  • EQST 305 Principles of Equine Anatomy

    EQST 305

    Principles of Equine Anatomy
    A thorough understanding of equine anatomy is crucial for the proper care and training of the performance horse. By examining the complex interaction of bones, muscle groups and internal organs in the equine athlete, students understand the importance of maintaining the delicate balance of internal and external structure while at the same time enabling the horse to achieve the peak of its performance abilities. Prerequisite(s): EQST 115.
  • EQST 315 Equine Business Management

    EQST 315

    Equine Business Management
    This course is a vital component in understanding professional practices in equestrian management, with the focus on the student learning effective skills to manage clients, regulatory bodies and legal offices. Students learn about contracts and understand the major legal implications throughout the industry. Students also develop a small business plan appropriate to the equestrian industry and use small business tools to create an effective marketing campaign in the equestrian business. Prerequisite(s): EQST 110.
  • EQST 330 Equine Systems, Disorders and Lameness

    EQST 330

    Equine Systems, Disorders and Lameness
    Students study the systems of the horse including cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, gastrointestinal, etc. Normal signs of health and body function are discussed so that the student can begin to recognize abnormalities as they relate to these body functions. Advanced first-aid techniques are also introduced. In-depth discussions include a study of bone structure, tendons, ligaments, circulation and related lameness. Students discuss the importance and administration of the proper medications for basic lameness and other disorders. Emphasis is placed on detection and early treatment of ailments. Prerequisite(s): EQST 110.
  • EQST 340 Rules and Regulations for Competition Horses

    EQST 340

    Rules and Regulations for Competition Horses
    This course is designed to expose students to organizations such as the United States Equestrian Federation, the United States Hunter Jumper Association and the Fédération Équestre Internationale that organize and govern the world of the sport horse. Students are exposed to the philosophies, rules and regulations that govern the various aspects of showing horses, from licensing to violations and penalties, to drugs and medications, to conduct and sportsmanship, and to the class specifications of various disciplines and divisions. This course prepares students to understand their potential role as a trainer, rider, barn manager, exhibitor, licensed official or show manager in the horse industry. Prerequisite(s): EQST 205.
  • EQST 345 Riding Instruction Techniques

    EQST 345

    Riding Instruction Techniques
    This course introduces students to both classical and modern theory and practice of equestrian instruction. Students learn a systematic approach and style of teaching riding. Focus is placed on the investigation of basic teaching methodologies and the psychology of teaching, relative to influencing both human and equine behavior. There is an emphasis on legal and academic issues unique to equestrian instruction. Prerequisite(s): EQST 215, RIDE 300 or RIDE 301.
  • EQST 350 Equine Business Law and Ethics

    EQST 350

    Equine Business Law and Ethics
    This course examines the principles of equine law and ethics necessary to own and operate a business in the equine industry. Students study case law emphasizing liability laws as they relate to horses, contracts associated with equine business, organizational taxes, ethical issues, equine care requirements, disease regulation law, transport, farm management and equine insurance to better prepare them for a career in the equine industry. Prerequisite(s): EQST 205.

400 Level

  • EQST 400 Judging and Selection of the Performance Horse

    EQST 400

    Judging and Selection of the Performance Horse
    This course provides the student with an understanding of how to evaluate and select horses for sale and performance and judge the horse and/or rider’s performance in competition. Students develop criteria for judging in the disciplines of hunters including conformation, hunter seat equitation and jumpers. The criteria are based upon a formulation of a subjective ideal model for use in rating performance and quality based upon the rules outlined by the United States Equestrian Federation or other appropriate governing bodies. The technical rules and regulations for judging different classes and divisions also are determined. Students are made aware of the procedure and the requirements necessary to become a licensed official and are expected to spend a minimum of two divisions at a recognized horse show “learner” judging. Prerequisite(s): EQST 340.
  • EQST 410 Course Design

    EQST 410

    Course Design
    In this course, the artistry of designing courses for competition horses in the disciplines of hunters, jumpers and hunter seat equitation is explored in terms of potentialities, limitations and hazards. Students discuss the technical regulations that govern course design in the United States as well as in some international (FEI) venues. Emphasis is placed on designing and setting level-appropriate courses that result in a safe and dynamic jumping environment for the horse. In the context of each discipline, students learn about the various types and sizes of obstacles, striding and related distances, combinations, appropriate tracks, footing, site evaluation and arena size as well as the impact of weather and safety concerns. Prerequisite(s): EQST 205.
  • EQST 425 Capstone Seminar in Equestrian Studies

    EQST 425

    Capstone Seminar in Equestrian Studies
    This seminar is designed to guide students through their professional development as they refine aspects of their specializations and prepare for successful lifelong careers. Emphasis is placed on such topics as self-management, teamwork, time management and learning styles that are necessary for success in the workplace. Students concentrate on career options, building a quality résumé and interviewing techniques. Prerequisite(s): EQST 215.
  • EQST 495 Special Topics in Equestrian Studies

    EQST 495

    Special Topics in Equestrian Studies
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of equestrian studies and offers the student an opportunity to pursue individual research projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.