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Equine Studies

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This two year degree is designed to give students a foundation in natural horsemanship and how to apply that knowledge in a practical manner to train working horses. Graduates will be prepared for a career in equine business and management, colt training, assistant trainer and facilities management, or allied industries such as feed, tack and equipment sales. The program is designed to give a broad base for any equine field. Internships are encouraged and will be available from all the different disciplines.

What You Will Learn

Each student accepted into the program will have their riding skills evaluated by the instructor. Those students who are not at the level to start with EQUH 155 Intro to Natural Horsemanship will be required to start with EQUH 110 Western Equitation to learn the basics of riding prior to the first course that deals with the training of a horse. As the program course requirements are presented in sequence, students who start at the level of EQUH 110 may require more than four semesters to complete the program or must take an Equine course during the summer term.
At the conclusion of this program students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate how to communicate effectively with their horse and train them to work with livestock.
  • Start a colt from the ground up.
  • Evaluate correct and incorrect information pertaining to the equine industry.
  • Understand basic marketing concepts for a variety of horses.
  • Demonstrate basic horse care and nutrition.
  • Demonstrate how to control all the parts of a horse to give the horse a solid foundation to go into any discipline, such as reining, reined cow horse, cutting, versatile ranch horse, roping, and trail horses.

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Miles Community College subscribes to the philosophy of a comprehensive community college, including an “open door” admissions policy designed to encourage all adults to continue their education.

The commitment to an open door admissions policy is defined as providing all eligible students with access to an appropriate educational offering at the College. Anyone over the age of 18 is admitted to the College if they have a high school diploma, GED, or satisfactory ACCUPLACER scores; but the College reserves the right to guide students into the courses and programs that will enhance their opportunities for success.

Admission to the College does not necessarily imply eligibility to enroll in a course with established prerequisites (See Course Descriptions starting on page 84) or to enter a program that has a limited number of spaces and minimum entrance requirements. ACCUPLACER and ACT/SAT test scores are used to help place students in appropriate level courses.

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