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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Equine Studies Minor

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Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 21 credit hours. The following courses are required:


BUS-212 Equine Farm and Stable Management

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Spring Only

Preventative health maintenance, facility management and basic sound business practices. Topics on horse selection, sanitation, routine veterinary practices, nutrition and supplements, equipment recognition and selection, facilities design, hoof care and furriery, exercise physiology, liability issues and insurance selection. Lecture and laboratory times required.

EQU-111 Introduction to Equine Science

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Survey of history, breeds, characteristics, colors, disciplines, health care, facilities, equipment, anatomy, reproduction, nutrition, management and careers in equine science and industry.

EQU-211 Equine Development & Behavior

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

History of the horse, appreciation of the evolutionary development of the horse, including mental and physical capabilities, and the instincts which guide the horse to self-preservation.

EQU-329 Practicum

Credits: 2 Term Offered: All Terms

Practicum experience consistent with the career objectives of the student. One hundred hours of competency based work in an environment relevant to the student's chosen discipline.

Three additional courses chosen from:

BUS-358 Equine Business Management

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examination of basic business practices including business plan development, record-keeping, professional ethics, liability, insurance, resource management, evaluating and selecting staff, competitive pricing, identifying regional demographics, advertising, grant design and community development, and building a client base.

EQU-220 Theories Riding

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Explanation of theories involved in the development of the riding skills necessary to become successful riders in selected disciplines. Focus on hunter seat equitation but will also identify the differences in riding styles and techniques among disciplines. Identification of the common riding faults and how those faults affect the horses' way of moving. Offered alternate years

EQU-331 Conformation: Form and Function

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Demonstration of the relationship between the horse's conformation and its function or performance including methods of evaluation, confirmation in relation of usability, performance requirements of various breeds, and the methods of judging. Two lecture hours and two hours of practical application per week. Prerequisites: EQU-111 Offered alternate years: 2019-2020

EQU-350X International Equine Breeding, Training and Management

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of global equine industry management, training, and breeding facilities. Students will have an opportunity to study and evaluate equine selection of breeding stock and young prospects internationally. This course will travel to a selection of international breeding facilities located in the UK and Europe. In addition, the class will allow students to make equine industry contacts. The focus will be on comparison of international horses to American bred horses, concentrating on breeding stock and training stock selection; as well as how each of those practices are managed. Prerequisites: ENG-110, EQU-111 and EQU-211, or permission of instructor FILA general education: experiential learning

EQU-364 Judging and Course Design

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Introduction to the process and systems involved in judging hunters, jumpers and hunter seat equitation including how to set up a judge's card, how to identify style strengths and error, the symbols used to record a performance on the card, and how to arrive at an order of award. Additionally, exploration of the design and building of hunter and jumper courses with special emphasis on the suitability of the design to skill level of competitors and level of horses involved. Offered alternate years: 2018-2019

EQU-401 Training & Schooling

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Selection of suitable hunter/jumper prospects as well as teaching basic methods used in breaking horses, selecting facilities, equipment, over fences gymnastics, educating young or problem horses, preparation for horse shows, and the identification of necessary characteristics, personality traits and abilities to become a successful trainer in the horse world of today. Requires a two-hour lecture and two hours of practical application per week. Prerequisites: ES-185

This minor is designed as an excellent adjunct for students studying business, biology or pre-veterinary medicine. In addition, students interested in pursuing further study and/or careers in various equine fields will benefit from the addition of this minor to their curriculum. Facilities used in support of the equine studies minor include the Bridgewater College stables located on the eastern edge of the campus and the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center, located several miles southeast of campus and the home stable for the Bridgewater College Equestrian Program.

A student pursuing the equine studies minor is required to take many classes to fulfill the minor off-site at the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center (BCEC). It is the responsibility of the student to secure transportation to the BCEC.