Equine Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies allows students to focus on horse health, behavior, care, and management, and to develop marketable skills for a successful career in the highly diverse equine industry. Students may mix and match electives for a specialization in riding instruction or a specialization in horsemanship and equine care. This degree is going to provide a foundation for students seeking a graduate degree in such areas as equine nutrition, equine reproduction, or equine sports medicine. Equine Studies students learn in the classroom and at the College’s Equestrian Center, located on a beautiful 40-acre site in Paxton, Massachusetts.

 

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Learning Outcomes

  • Outline business and management concepts and explain the handling of, and management of horses of all ages and physical abilities.
  • Analyze equine behavior using science-based evidence and apply solutions to real-world situations.
  • Show proficiency in the knowledge and application of proper equine management and husbandry, including analysis of contemporary equine nutrition programs.
  • Utilize practical knowledge relating to the safe and efficient management of an equine facility and related natural resources.
  • Develop an equine business plan and marketing strategy.
  • Evaluate how equine anatomy and physiology relate to the biomechanics and health of the horse.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills appropriate for the equine industry.
  • Model personal and professional conduct consistent with best practices in the equine industry.
  • Explain equine reproductive principles and apply equine health care skills.

Equine Studies Notes:

Students encouraged to complete 200 hours of externship experience during summer months.

Equine Studies


Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Biology I BIOL1001 4
Foundation in Equine Care EQST1601 3
College Algebra MATH1200 3
Equine Elective (Recommend EQST1001) Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Equine Anatomy and Physiology ANSC2701 3
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems COREENGL 3
Applied Business Statistics OR Statistics MATH2101 OR MATH2200 3
Introduction to Business Models MGMT1000 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3

Credits Total: 31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Global Economic: Micro and Macro Perspectives ECON1200 3
Fundamentals of Farm and Stable Management (Odd Years) EQST2801 3
Small Business Management OR Business Elective 2000+ MGMT2500 OR Business Elective 3
Marketing I- Creating Marketing, Branding Sales Strategies MKTG2004 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Equine Nutrition ANSC2403 3
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Equine Industry and the Law (Even Years) EQST2200 3
Human Resource Management OR Business Elective 3000+ MGMT3400 OR Business Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Accounting and Finance I- Concepts and Tools ACCT2100 3
Equine Biomechanics and Conformation EQST3701 3
Customer Marketing OR Business Elective 3000+ MKTG3300 OR Elective 3
Equine Elective Elective 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Accounting and Finance II- Financial Decision Making ACCT3100 3
Equine Behavior EQST3100 3
Developing Business Leadership OR Business Elective 4000+ MGMT4003 OR Business Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Animals in Society ANSC3100 3
Equine Pathology and Disease EQST4201 3
Externship Module Ia EQST4906 3
Equine Studies Capstone EQST4901 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management ANSC3503 3
Equine Elective (EQST4500 Recommended) Elective 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Equine Studies Electives

Students may choose to take any five (5) approved Equine electives in order to complete the degree.


Course NameNumberCredits
Animal Nutrition ANSC2401
Animal Breeding ANSC2501
The Human and Animal Bond ANSC3301
Foundations in Riding I EQST1001
Foundations in Riding II EQST1002
Principles of Riding Instruction I EQST2001
Principles of Riding Instruction II EQST2002
Introduction to Equine Assisted Activities EQST2100
Special Topics in the Equine Industry EQST3104
Equestrian Events Management EQST3105
Basic Training Methods (Fall) EQST3200
Training Under Saddle (Spring) EQST4200
Equine Facilities Management EQST4500
Equine Studies Externship Module Ib EQST4908
Disaster Preparedness for Animals VTSC3300
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