A.A.S. Equine Studies
Why 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. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they expect to transfer and select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisor.
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:
|First Year - Fall Semester     14 Credits||Credits|
M 108M 108 - Business Mathematics
This course is a study of math and terminology used by business and industry. The course will begin with a review of the fundamental principles of arithmetic and percentages. Payroll, bank records, interest, notes, discounts, markup, inventory, depreciation, and stocks and bonds will be covered. This course does not fulfill General Education requirements for the AA/AS degree. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement score or concurrent enrollment in NC 021 Supplemental Instruction/Academic Support for Mathematics. For those in NC 021, attendance and participation in NC 021 will be reported to your M 108 instructor for consideration in your M 108 grade.
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EQUH 155EQUH 155 - Introduction to Natural Horsemanship
The student will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of horsemanship first in ground work, and then riding. The student will learn and implement a number of basic maneuvers to achieve the horse’s confidence and respect from the ground. Students will learn to read the horse’s body language and basic safety. Then, the student will learn safe and efficient saddle techniques, and how and when to safely mount the horse. In the saddle, the student will learn the fundamentals of rein position and will be able to control the horse in all three gaits (Walk, trot, and canter.)
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EQUS 101EQUS 101 - Introduction to Equine Studies
The horse has served humanity for centuries in many different ways. Today, the horse serves primarily as a source of pleasure in technologically advanced nations, but it still serves as a beast of burden and for draft power in underdeveloped countries. This course will give the student an overview of equine health that will provide a basis for subsequent more practical and scientifically based courses. In this class, we will look at the evolution and behavior of the horse, the history of horsemanship, contemporary breeds and their uses, selection of an appropriate horse (including conformation and pre-purchase examinations), and insights into career avenues within the equine industry.
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|Introduction to Animal Science||3||First Year - Spring Semester     16 Credits||Credits|
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EQUS 103EQUS 103 - Horse Conformation and Selection Lab
The students will understand horse conformation and demonstrate selection skills through a judging format that includes giving written and verbal reasons. Students will also learn professional conduct at horse shows and other related equine events. Co-requisite: EQUS 102.
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EQUH 130EQUH 130 - Hoof Care Science
This is designed for horse owners interested in doing light barefoot maintenance or trimming on their own horses. Students will recognize the goals of hoof care and basic anatomy and biomechanics of the horse foot, as well as how to evaluate the horse movement and gait for proper training. Co-Requisite: EQUH 131.
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EQUH 131EQUH 131 - Hoof Care Science Lab
After recognizing the movement and gait patterns of the horse, students will learn to approach the horse and use proper farrier/trimmer positioning to make the animal comfortable. The student will then use farrier and hoof care tools to exfoliate the foot/sole before completing hoof mapping and trimming on several different horses. Co-requisite: EQUH 130.
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EQUH 252EQUH 252 - Natural Horsemanship: Building a Relationship
This course will take the student to a new level of communication with the horse by obtaining responses to the slightest pressure without resistance. The student will develop more feel, better timing, and harmony with their horse. The student will learn the concept of impulsion and how to use the reins less and the seat more. The student will continue to learn more about the horse's emotional behavior. Pre-requisite: EQUH 155.
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EQUH 253EQUH 253 - Starting Colts
Students will work with at least two different colts starting with ground work and continuing to the use of the saddle. This gives students experience with different horses and attitudes and prepares them to start horses in a realistic situation. Pre-requisite: EQUH 155.
BIOB 101BIOB 101 - Discover Biology
This course is a review of the fundamental principles concerning plant and animal life. Covering topics on the structure and physiology of cells, genetics, reproduction and the diversity of life found in plants, animals, and microorganisms, including their ecological relationships. Co-requisite: BIOB 102.
|Discover Biology Lab||1||Second Year - Fall Semester     15(16) Credits||Credits|
EQUH 254EQUH 254 - Natural Horsemanship: Harmony with your Horse I
The student will learn impulsion programs and the different patterns of different gaits. Students will also learn about the importance of seat connection while riding their horse and how to control the speed and direction of the horse while at liberty and online at every gait, and with and without obstacles. Certain exercise patterns will be learned to deal with a particular horse’s impulsion levels. Pre-requisite: EQUH 252.
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ANSC 265ANSC 265 - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
This course is designed to be an overview of the form (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the normal body of common domestic animals. It will cover: digestion, circulation, production, reproduction and environment of common farm animals. This class is a core class in the Animal Science program and will provide an overview of the terminology of anatomy and insight in to how the healthy body functions. Lab will focus on hands-on application of ANSC 265 primarily through dissections. Pre-requisites: ANSC 100 and BIOB 101/102 or BIOB 160/161 or BIOB 170/171. Co-requisite: ANSC 266.
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|Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab||1|
|Livestock Feeding & Nutrition||3|
EQUH 165EQUH 165 - Livestock Handling and Ranch Roping
Students will learn how to read and handle livestock in a low stress approach. They will accomplish proper positioning of their horse in a correct manner. They will teach their horses how to read and rate cattle and be able to throw basic loops that would be needed on a ranch. Pre-requisite: EQUH 155.
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COMX 106COMX 106 - Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace
Students will study human behavior and personality, self management, self-development, and elementary business psychology. Classroom focus is on career planning and job search: students will develop skills to prepare resumes, cover letters, and other communications involved in obtaining a job. This class is a requirement for the Professional-Technical programs.
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|Oral Communications Core Requirement||(3)||Second Year - Spring Semester     15 Credits||Credits|
EQUH 255EQUH 255 - Natural Horsemanship: Harmony with your Horse II
Entering into this course, a student should have a thorough understanding of horsemanship and competence both on the ground and in the saddle. The student will advance the skills, confidence, and respect gained on the ground by creating a stronger connection with the horse through a liberty (bareback) component. In the saddle, the horse and rider will develop more emotional collection, improving impulsion and self-carriage in all three gaits. The combination of the increased ground connection developed through liberty and increased harmony between the horse and rider will prepare them for the next level of refinement. Pre-requisite: EQUH 254.
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EQUH 256EQUH 256 - Developing the Young Horse
This course is designed to develop the skills of handling, gentling, saddling, driving, and riding a young horse. Students will design, implement, review, and discuss their training horse program. Positive communication techniques will be used throughout the process. Pre-requisite: EQUH 254.
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AGBE 232AGBE 232 - Equine Sales and Marketing
Students will learn how to prepare a horse for sale. They will also study how to market horses in different venues (production sale, catalog sale, internet, etc.). They will incorporate the use of appropriate periodicals and magazines to target the correct market for their horse and develop marketing materials.
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WRIT 121WRIT 121 - Intro to Technical Writing
This course is designed to prepare students for job-related writing. Students learn to communicate information in order to do a job or make a decision. Topics covered include adapting messages to audiences, organizing paragraphs, revising for style, summarizing information, using definitions in reports, outlining, explaining a process, and researching. Specific applications are individualized according to students' career plans and are chosen from several categories, including effective letter writing, short report writing, proposal writing, research writing, and formal report writing from analyzed data. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement.
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WRIT 122WRIT 122 - Intro to Business Writing
This course is designed to teach students how to write better routine business correspondence. The basic concepts of letter, memo, and report writing are taught. Emphasis is on composing at the keyboard, given different office situations and following oral and written instruction. While grounded in solid business communication fundamentals, this course takes a strong workplace activity orientation, which helps students connect what they learn to what they do or will do on the job. Grammar and punctuation will be reviewed and emphasis on business usage. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement.
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ACTG 101ACTG 101 - Accounting Procedures
This course provides fundamental instruction on financial record keeping and basic bookkeeping methods. Topics include implementing the basic accounting equation; using T accounts; preparing and posting journal entries, reversing entries, and closing entries; payroll reporting; compiling income statements, balance sheets, and statements of owner's equity. This course satisfies a core requirement for the AAS degree in Auto Mechanics or Building Technology. In addition, it is an excellent class to prepare students for the Principles of Accounting courses.
Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.