Area of Study


Equine Business Management

Associate of Applied Science

Students enrolled in this program show an interest in the organizational, managerial, and commercial aspects of the equine industry; as well as students interested in advanced performance horse care, equine reproduction, instruction and stable management.

The variety of courses focusing on business management provide students with the skills and knowledge to pursue in either a hands-on or support sector position in the equine industry, pursue a career in business or to pursue an advanced degree.

Program Learning Outcomes:  

  • Students should be able to understand the terminology associated with the western horse. This includes but not limited to: common names of equine body parts, common names of tack, and commonly accepted horse training terminology.
  • Students will be able to understand normal horse health, body condition, normal vital signs, common unsoundness, common illness, normal preventative healthcare and nutrition. This includes procedure for feeding appropriate volumes of forage, concentrates and water required by the horse.
  • Students will be able to understand common industry accepted equine reproduction techniques, practices, and terminology.
  • Student will be able to understand basic and common equine business practices, including but no limited to: creating a business plan, creating a marketing plan, creating cover letters and resumes as well as understand the economic impact of the horse industry in the United States and World Wide.
  • Students will properly communicate the above terminology and skills in a professional manner.

Program Requirements

Total Credits 6

Choose two of the following courses.

Course Number Course Title Credits Details
Technical English & Communication 3

Focuses on the written and oral communication needs of students in vocational and technical fields. Enables the student to practice written, oral, reading, reasoning, and interpersonal communication skills in order to become successful (or to remain successful) in the workplace. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG0092 (ENG030 or 045 AND REA030 or 045 or CCR092) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

English Composition I:GT-CO1 3

Emphasizes planning, writing, and editing/revisions of compositions, coupled with development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a minimum of five compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG0092 (ENG090 AND REA090 or CCR092) (with a “C” grade or better) OR appropriate placement score. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Technical Writing I: GT-CO1 3

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENG1021 (ENG030 or 045 AND REA 030 or 045 or CCR092) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Public Speaking 3

Combines the basic theory of speech communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasizes on speech delivery, preparation, organization, support, and audience analysis. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)


Total Credits 3-4

Choose MAT1140 (MAT107) or higher Math Course.

Course Number Course Title Credits Details
Career Math: Program Emphasis 3

Agriculture Emphasis - Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MAT0250 (MAT050) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Total Credits 3
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
Animal Sciences 3

A study of the basic fundamentals of livestock production pertaining to principles of breeding, genetics, nutrition, health, anatomy and physiology of beef, sheep, swine, dairy, and horses. Other areas to be emphasized will be selection, breed classifications and identification, and the classification and marketing of meat animal products. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Program Requirements

Total Credits 31
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
Agricultural Salesmanship 3

Principles and techniques of agricultural sales as applied to goods and services being sold to individual producers or agricultural businesses. Emphasis will be placed on building business relationships and product training. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Computerized Farm Records 3

Provides hands-on experience with a detailed computerized accounting system. The activities will lead students through entering transactions that develop the financial statements. Time will be provided for exploration with different accounting software. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Agribusiness Management 3

Provides the student with basic management principles and practical experience in applying principles of economics, business, marketing, and finance to the management of an agri-business operation. (Contact hours-53) (2-1.5)

Agricultural Finance 3

An introductory course in principles of finance and their application to agriculture and agri–business, including the time value of money, net present value analysis, interest, credit, lending institutions, financial statements, and financial ratios. Prerequisite: AGE1102 (AGE102) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Introduction to Equine Science 4

This course covers the basics of the equine industry, breeds, selection, form to function, care and management, soundness, health, reproduction, feeding, facilities, physiology, production systems, and management systems. (Contact hours-75) (3-2)

Feeds and Feeding 4

A study of the basic nutrients, common feeds, and feed additives fed to livestock, anatomy of digestive systems, and basic feeding practices for beef, sheep, swine, horses, and dairy. The lab portion of this class will be devoted to calculating and balancing rations to fulfill nutrient requirements for farm animals for growth, finishing, reproduction and lactation, and work. Prerequisite: ASC1100 (ASC100) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-75) (3-2)

Introduction to PC Applications 3

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Equine Reproduction 2

Introduces horse reproduction and the various breeding and management practices found on breeding farms. Covers physiology of the mare and stallion reproductive systems, care of the stallion and the mare, mare heat detection, breeding, care of pregnant mares, foaling, problems in the foal, and care of the foal and yearling. (Contact hours-30) (2-0)

Equine Health 2

Assists students in planning annual equine health programs. Introduces students to methods of prevention, recognition, and treatment of common equine diseases. (Contact hours-30) (2-0)

Equine Health Lab 1

Application of practical skills, methods, and techniques used to prevent and treat equine diseases and health problems. (Contact hours-23) (0-1.5)

Event Planning 3

Presents the components of meeting planning, organization, personnel, finances, site selection, transportation, program design, promotion, arranging exhibits, and evaluation. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)


Total Credits 14

The 14 elective credits required and must be approved by Northeastern Junior College Advisor or Program Coordinator. Preference for AGB, AGE, AGP, AGR, AGY, AME, ASC, BUS, EQM, MAN, MAR, MGD, RAM, or other related courses.