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A.A.S. Equine Studies

Equine Studies

Plan for your Future
Students seeking admission into this program (a limited number of students are accepted) will apply to MCC and submit a short video of him/herself riding and working on the horse(s) he/she plans to bring to the MCC Equine Program. Equine faculty members will review videos regarding each applicant's riding skills and horses' appropriate levels for entrance into the Equine program. Those students who are not at the level to start the program can come to MCC and major in A.S. General Education or related areas, such as Animal Science or AgriBusiness and take EQUH 110 Western Equitation, to learn the basics of riding prior to re-applying to the Equine program. Only students admitted into the program will have stable space (two stalls maximum) at the MCC facilities and be eligible to take the EQUH courses.

Associate of Applied Science
Equine Studies
This two-year degree is designed to give students a foundation in natural horsemanship and the ability 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 within all the different disciplines.

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Required Core - 60/61 Total Credits

First Year - Fall Semester     (14) Credits
Business Math  (3)
Intro to Ag & Env Resources (1)
Introduction to Natural Horsemanship  (3)
Introduction to Equine Studies  (4)
Intro to Animal Science  (3)
**Students with a writing placement for WRIT121S/122S need to take writing their first semester.
First Year - Spring Semester     (16) Credits
Horse Conformation  (2)
Horse Conformation Lab  (2)
Hoof Care Science  (1)
Hoof Care Science Lab  (1)
Natural Horsemanship: Building a Relationship  (3)
Starting Colts  (3)
Discover Biology  (3)
Discover Biology Lab  (1)
Second Year - Fall Semester     (15/16) Credits
Natural Horsemanship: Harmony With Your Horse I  (3)
Functional Anatomy of Domestic Animals  (3)
Anatomy of Domestic Animals Lab  (1)
Livestock Feeding & Nutrition  (3)
Livestock Handling & Ranch Roping  (3)
Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace  (2)
*Oral Communications Requirement  (3)
Second Year - Spring Semester     (15) Credits
Natural Horsemanship: Harmony II  (3)
Developing the Young Horse  (3)
Equine Sales & Marketing  (3)
Intro to Technical Writing  (3)
Intro to Business Writing  (3)
Accounting Procedures I  (3)
Upon completion of this program
graduates 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.