Equine Studies

Professors

Patricia Graham-Thiers, Chair

Lisa Moosmueller-Terry

Heather Richardson

Jessica Denniston

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

EQST 101 : Fundamentals of Riding (begin/Adv Begin)

This course is designed for the student with no riding experience or with no hunt seat experience. The student will be introduced to the basics of proper position at the walk, trot, and canter; to hunt seat terminology, and to low fences. Advanced Beginner: Emphasis is on securing the rider's position on the flat and over fences, with further exposure to jumping. To enter this level the student should be able to exhibit good basic control over a horse ridden in a group.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 103 : Intro to Show Ring Competition I

This is a mounted course where the student gains practical experience in a competitive setting. The sections will emphasize Show Hunters and Equitation.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 201 : Fundamentals of Riding-Intermediate

Building on principles covered in Equine Studies 101 and 102, this course will concentrate on the refinement of position. To enter this level, a student should be able to ride confidently, with or without stirrups, at all three gaits and should be able to negotiate a sequence of fences.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 203 : Show Jumping Practicum I

Students in this course should be able to negotiate a 3'-3'3" course in proper hunter seat equitation form. This course will introduce the jumper divisions to those riders with a solid background in the hunter and equitation divisions. Advanced equitation courses, such as those found in the lower-level jumper divisions, will be dealt with. The United States Equestrian Federation Rulebook sections pertaining to the jumper divisions will be discussed as will methods of course walking and course construction.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 204 : Show Jumping Practicum II

Students in this course should be able to negotiate a 3' - 3'3" course in proper hunter seat equitation form. This course will introduce the jumper divisions to those riders with a solid background in the hunter and equitation divisions. Advanced equitation courses, such as those found in the lower-level jumper divisions, will be dealt with. The United States Equestrian Federation Rulebook sections pertaining to the jumper divisions will be discussed as will methods of course walking and course construction.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 217 : Stable Management I

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic care of horses. Topics include techniques of grooming, braiding, bandaging, equipment care and maintenance, and basic first aid. Other topics will include evolution of the horse, different breeds and horse activities available to the rider today. Student will be assigned one horse and related equipment to care for and maintain throughout the semester. Two lecture hours and additional practical lab hours.

Semester Hours

3

EQST 224 : Schooling Techiniques

This course is designed to provide students with a background which will enable them to evaluate a horse, rider and design a program to provide optimum results. The course will address three main areas: (1) understanding the mechanism of the horse and its functions, (2) defining and understanding the rider's position and its use, and (3) applying these concepts in actual labs. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Written Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

360 recommended.

EQST 301 : Fundamentals of Riding-Adv Intermediate

Emphasis will be placed on developing the riders' seat and understanding the concept of "contact" with the horse's mouth. Additional concepts such as impulsion, straightness, bending and obedience will be explored. Jumping simple gymnastics, lines, and both hunter and equitation courses will be included.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 303 : Show Jumping Practicum III

Students in this course should be able to negotiate a 3'3"-3'6" course in proper hunter seat equitation form. This course will give the student the opportunity to ride weekly over a jumper course and jump-off pattern. Students will be able to experience show-ring competition in the jumper divisions by participating in on-campus and away horse shows. Course analysis, techniques of training show jumpers, course construction and United States Equestrian Federation rules for show jumper competition will be dealt with.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 305 : Judging, Management and Course Design.

This class will meet in lecture and practical sessions. Lectures cover the organization of horse shows under the guidelines of US Equestrian and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. The practical requirements will include the production of college-hosted competitions. Judging of hunters, hunter seat equitation and jumpers will also be incorporated into this class This class will meet in lecture and practical sessions. Lectures cover the judging and scoring of the Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, Dressage and Eventing disciplines. The US Equestrian rules related to governing these disciplines and course design requirements are studied in depth as well as managing shows or events in these disciplines. The practical requirements will include the production of college-hosted competitions, judging practice, course design, arena set-up and arena management.

Semester Hours

3

EQST 306 : Equine Facilities Design & Management

This course will be a 2 part course starting with an introduction to the management of equine facilities, stable building and maintenance. The course will also explore many aspects of running a horse facility, including contracts and records, budgeting, insurance, employees, taxes, advertising, client relationships and the development of a professional attitude. The introduction of equine management software will be done in this course. Three lecture hours a week and up to 3 lab hours a week. Credit, four semester hours. Prerequisite EQST 217, junior status.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

.

EQST 315 : Applied Schooling I

This class will ride four hours a week. Three hours will be structured lessons. The other hour will be either a selfdirected training session or an additional structured lesson. Lecture material may also be included. This course is designed for the serious advanced rider with aspirations toward the show ring in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. Basic schooling concepts, flatwork and refinement of position will be stressed. Riders will negotiate different types of courses derived from the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. Riders will also experience riding horses of different levels ranging from "very green" to "extremely well schooled."

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 322 : Dressage I

This is a mounted course designed to introduce the rider to the basic principles of dressage. The repetition of transitions and training figures at working gaits in regards to the USAE Introductory and Training Level tests will be applied. The main emphasis is the realization that every horse and rider, regardless of his or her discipline, can benefit from dressage training. Students may also learn through lectures and videos on riding techniques. The USAE and USDF rules governing dressage competitions will be studied.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 323 : Dressage II

This course is a mounted class designed for the intermediate Dressage rider and to be a continuation for those that have mastered the skills in Dressage I. More advanced figures and tests will be studied and practiced. This course is geared to the Training and First levels of Dressage. The USAE and USDF rules governing dressage competitions will be studied. Students may also learn through lectures and videos on riding techniques.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

322 and/or permission of instructor.

EQST 324 : Methods of Teaching

This course will introduce the skills and techniques used to teach riding students of various levels and age groups. This course will analyze the rider's position and its use. Students will learn basic philosophies of teaching and how the student learns as well as develop their knowledge of the materials they will be teaching. This course will be presented through lectures, teaching labs and assistant teaching. This course satisfies the proficieny requirement for Ethical Reasoning in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

junior or senior status or permission of instructor.

EQST 325 : Beginning Training Methods

This course will focus on training the young, inexperienced horse that has never been ridden. Topics covered will include how the horse learns, longeing and long lining, bitting, starting a young horse under saddle and over fences, correct use of training equipment. Introducing the inexperienced horse to new situations, and techniques of choosing young training prospects. Classes will involve lecture as well as practical demonstrations. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Critical Thinking is the disciplines.

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 326 : Equine Nutrition

This course will cover the physiology of digestion as related to the horse and its utilization of water, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Nutrient requirements and deficiencies will be covered. The course will also stress the practices of basic principles of nutrition in developing and balancing rations for horses.

Semester Hours

3

EQST 327 : Farrier Science

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the science and art of horseshoeing. Topics to be covered will include anatomy of the leg and foot, corrective shoeing, diseases, abnormalities and unsoundnesses of the foot, as well as actual shoeing procedures. Three lecture hours per week plus practical work as assigned.

Semester Hours

3

EQST 333 : V.I. Classic Workshop

Students will work with outside professionals such as judges, stewards and show managers to learn how to run a large "A" level horse show.

Semester Hours

1

EQST 335 : Equine Anatomy/Physiology/First Aid

An in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the horse. This course will cover the basic evolutionary changes and functioning of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and integumentary systems of the horse. In addition, first aid for diseases, unsoundnesses and emergency situations will be dealt with.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

junior or senior status.

EQST 336 : Methods of Teaching II

A continuation of Equine Studies 324 with emphasis on hands-on experience. Students will be required to teach Fundamentals classes under the supervision of Equine Studies faculty. Class will also meet in a discussion setting to evaluate problems and developments. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

324 and junior or senior status or permission of instructor.

EQST 343 : Eventing I

This course is designed to introduce the student to a horse trial. The three phases comprising a trial (dressage, crosscountry and stadium jumping) and the United States Eventing Association and USA Equestrian rules governing them will be studied and practiced. Exercises are geared to the beginner novice and novice levels of eventing.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 344 : Eventing II

A continuation of the skills acquired in Equine Studies 343. Exercises are geared toward training level eventing and above. Students will learn to develop conditioning programs for the event horse as well as to introduce green horses to cross-country jumping.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 350 : Special Topics

Selected topics in Equine Studies chosen by the instructor in response to student interests. One to three semester hours.

Semester Hours

3

EQST 352 : Show Hunter Practicum

This is a mounted class where students will become familiar with training and riding the show-ring hunter. Techniques to improve the jumping form of the horses will be emphasized. Methods to use in the schooling ring, as well as solutions for problem horses, will be explored.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 360 : Conformation & Selection

This course will familiarize the student with critiquing the conformation of the horse. Ideal traits as well as defects will be discussed. The way conformation affects movement and performance suitability will also be covered. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Quantitative Literacy in the disciplines. Two lecture hours and additional practical work as assigned.

Semester Hours

3

EQST 401 : Fundamentals (advanced)

Riders at this level should have an understanding of "putting a horse on the bit" and "seeing distances." Flat work sessions will include work on collection and flexion. Jumping advanced equitation courses like those found in USET classes will be dealt with.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 403 : Show Jumping Practicum V

Students in this course should be able to negotiate a 3'6"-4' course in proper hunter seat equitation form. This course will give the student an opportunity to ride weekly over a jumper course and jump-off pattern. Students will be able to experience show-ring competition in the jumper divisions by participating in on-campus and away horse shows. Course analysis, techniques of training show jumpers, course construction and the United States Equestrian Federation rules for show-jumper competitions will be dealt with.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 415 : Aupplied Schooling II

This course is designed for the student wanting to gain an intensive concentration in the areas of the care of the horse, a complete understanding of the rider's position, classical flatwork as it relates to the horse, hunter, jumper and equitation performance requirements, and various techniques to improve each through the conditioning and development of the horse. This class will meet in regular, self-directed and additional group sessions. Lecture material will also be presented.

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 417 : Equine Business Management

This course will involve both lecture and practical assignments at the Riding Center. Topics include many aspects of running a horse facility, including contracts and records, budgeting, insurance, employees, taxes, advertising, client relationships and the development of a professional attitude. The introduction of equine management software will be done in this course. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Quantitative Literacy in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

217, 218 and junior status.

EQST 418 : Equine Health Management

This course will allow the student to put into practical application information gained in other classes taken in the Equine Studies major. A structured lab session will be used to illustrate concepts that may previously have been encountered only in a lecture setting. Students will be assigned management time at the Riding Center where they will deal with personnel as well as horses and will learn to handle management problems as they occur on a daily basis. This class will also help to prepare students to take the competency/proficiency exams at the end of the senior year. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Written Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

junior or senior status.

EQST 420 : Senior Seminar

This course will assist the student in preparing a portfolio to help the student gain employment. Resume preparation and interviewing skills will be covered. Proficiency testing will be implemented through this class. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Ethical Reasoning in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

1

Prerequisites

senior status.

EQST 422 : Advanced Dressage

This course is a mounted class designed for the advanced Dressage rider and to be continuation for those that have mastered the skills in Dressage II. Students in this course should be familiar with lateral work, collected and extended gaits. The student should be comfortable sitting the trot on a variety of horses for the duration of each class. Work in this class is geared at First level and above. The USAE and USDF rules governing dressage competitions will be studied.

Semester Hours

2

Prerequisites

.

EQST 424 : Equine Studies Research

Students gain hands-on experience with research by assisting with ongoing equine nutrition and exercise physiology research projects.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 434 : Independent Study

Students gain hands-on experience with research by assisting with ongoing equine nutrition and exercise physiology research projects.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

permission of instructor.

EQST 435 : Equine Health & Breeding

This course will stress reproductive physiology and genetics of the horse. Topics include selection, breeding systems, breeding contracts, and keeping accurate records.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

junior or senior status.

EQST 470 : Equine Studies Internship

On-the-job experience for majors in various segments of the horse industry.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

junior or senior status and approval of department.