Equine
Area of Study

Equine

Equine Management

CIP:
010507
BANNER:
EQM
Associate of Applied Science

The equine industry in the United States is a growing, dynamic sector of agriculture with a broad spectrum of jobs expanding within the industry. The Equine Management program is designed to provide the students with the basic skills and background knowledge necessary for entry level employment as trainers and assistant trainers in the horse industry.

Students applying to the program must go through an oral interview and a practical riding test before admission to the program is granted. These are scheduled between November and March of the year prior to admission into the program. We suggest that the prospective students apply to Northeastern Junior College first, and then try to schedule a campus visit along with their interview and riding test.

In Northeastern's horse training portion of the program, freshman students are assigned young horses that have already been started. Many of these horses have already been through our colt starting class here at Northeastern.  The second semester of the freshman year and both semesters of the sophomore year, students will start and train a young horse themselves. These young horses are sent to us from a large geographic area as well as members of our local community.  We treat our program as if it were a training facility.  Our students are responsible for general care of their assigned horses on a daily basis including billing and any health care that is necessary.  We are proud of the great reputation of our colt starting program.  This reputation allows us to continually provide quality horses for our students to advance their skills.

Our two year program provides students access to the business, economic, technical and general education classes necessary to become competent managers. Practical experience is provided in many of the classes as well as the internship portion of the program.

It is very important to us here at NJC that we provide a positive internship experience.  We try to direct our students to an internship sponsor with a great history and a strong background working with students.  In many cases these internship opportunities result in long-term employment.

For more information contact: Cole Briggs - cole.briggs@njc.edu or 970-521-6785.

Program Learning Outcomes:  

  • Students will understand appropriate tools, tack and attire associated with the western horse training industry.
  • Students will understand industry accepted methods of ground work with horses, including but not limited to: catching, haltering, leading, longeing, and grooming.
  • Students will understand industry accepted methods of saddling, mounting and riding young horses within the first 90 days of training. This includes, but is not limited to: commonly accepted drills related to training horses with a western riding foundation.
  • 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.

Fall Freshman Year

Total Credits 16
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
ASC102ASC1102
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)

ENG115ENG1015
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)

EQM101EQM1001
Stable Operations I 1

Focuses on the routine daily care, grooming, feeding, stable sanitation, daily health, and feed records of horses. Prerequisite: EQM or stall facility. (Contact hours-150) (0-10)

EQT101EQT1001
Introduction to Horse Training 5

Introduces handling and care of horses. Basics of grooming, hoof care, showing at halter, equitation, and horsemanship will be covered. Prerequisite: EQM Major (Contact hours-135) (1-8)

MAT107MAT1140
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)

Spring Freshman Year

Total Credits 15
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
ASC100ASC1100
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)

EQM102EQM1002
Stable Operations II 1

Builds on EQM1001 (EQM101) and continues focus on the routine daily care, grooming, feeding, stable sanitation, daily health, and feed records of horses. Prerequisite: EQM or stall facility. (Contact hours-150) (0-10)

EQM158EQM1058
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)

EQT102EQT1002
Beginning Colt Training 6

Covers an advanced level of horsemanship involving lead changes, turn arounds, and roll backs will be covered. Students that meet minimum skills requirements may continue into specialized areas of riding. Prerequisite: EQT1001 (EQT101) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-150) (0-10)

Choose one of the following courses.

AGB102AGB1002
Foundations of Agricultural business 3

Focuses on the foundational aspects of the primary agriculture business areas including economics, management, marketing, sales, and finance in an applied manner. Current events in agriculture are discussed with emphasis on application to agribusiness. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

AGE102AGE1102
Agriculture Economics: GT-SS1 3

Focuses on economic principles as applied to agriculture through price discovery with producer supply and consumer demand, governmental policies, rural development, and resource management. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS1 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Fall Sophomore Year

Total Credits 17
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
AGB228AGB2028
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)

ASC225ASC2125
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)

EQM210EQM2010
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)

EQM211EQM2011
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)

EQM201EQM2001
Stable Operations III 1

Familiarizes the student with the routine daily care, grooming, feeding, stable sanitation, daily health, and feed records of horses. Prerequisite: EQM or stall facility (Contact hours-150) (0-10)

EQT201EQT2001
Intermediate Colt Training 6

Covers halter breaking weanlings. Students will also receive instruction in longing, driving, saddling, and riding the two year old. Prerequisite: EQT1002 (EQT102) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-150) (0-10)

Spring Sophomore Year

Total Credits 15.5
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
AGB218AGB2018
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)

AME105AME1005
Basic Ag Mechanic Skills 2

Includes safety, proper tool use, tool reconditioning, A.C. electricity, D.C. electricity, domestic water supply, and farm sanitation systems. (Contact hours-45) (1-2)

EQM202EQM2002
Stable Operations IV 1

Familiarizes the student with the routine daily care, grooming, feeding, stable sanitation, daily health, and feed records of horses. Prerequisite: EQM or stall facility (Contact hours-150) (0-10)

EQM289EQM2089
Equine Management Capstone 0.5

Covers information necessary for employment and job search skills. Students will receive instruction in resume writing and interviewing. Prerequisite: Sophomore Equine Students (Contact hours-8) (.5-0)

EQT202EQT2002
Advanced Colt Training 6

Gives the student their final experience at starting and management of a young horse to meet the industry standards for which they are entering. Prerequisite: EQT2001 (EQT201) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-150) (0-10)

MAN205MAN2005
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)

Summer Term

Total Credits 8
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
EQM280EQM2080
Equine Internship 8

Students are employed or work at home on an equine operation. The work experience must cover a minimum of 320 hours with the student involved in all facets of this operation. Prerequisite: EQM major (Contact hours-320)

Electives

Total Credits 6
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
EQT140EQT1040
Ranch Horse Versatility I 3

This is a riding intensive course designed to train the horse in the ranch horse versatility competitive events. Students will develop skills in the working cow horse, reining, ranch cutting, ranch trail, conformation, and ranch pleasure events. (Contact hours-60) (1-3)

EQT240EQT2040
Ranch Horse Versatility II 3

Ranch Horse Versatility II is a continuation of Ranch Horse Versatility I. This is a riding intensive course designed to train the horse in the ranch horse versatility competitive events. Students will develop skills in the working cow horse, reining, ranch cutting, ranch trail, conformation, and ranch pleasure events. As a part of the course students will have the opportunity to travel and compete in industry competitive events. A focus of the course is to improve the level of individual skills and to gain experience in the show ring atmosphere. Prerequisite: EQT1040 (EQT140) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-60) (1-3)