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A.A.S. Equine Studies

A.A.S. Equine Studies

Why Equine Studies?

This two-year (60(61) credit) program is designed to give students a foundation in natural horsemanship and how to apply that knowledge in a practical manner to train working horses. Graduates will be prepared for a career in equine business and management, colt training, assistant trainer and facilities management, or allied industries such as feed, tack and equipment sales. The program is designed to give a broad base for any equine field. Internships are encouraged and will be available from all the different disciplines. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they expect to transfer and select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisor.

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to communicate effectively with their horse and train them to work with livestock;
  • Start a colt from the ground up;
  • Evaluate correct and incorrect information pertaining to the equine industry;
  • Understand basic marketing concepts for a variety of horses;
  • Demonstrate basic horse care and nutrition;
  • Demonstrate how to control all the parts of a horse to give the horse a solid foundation to go into any discipline, such as reining, reined cow horse, cutting, versatile ranch horse, roping, and trail horses.

Only students admitted into the Equine A.A.S. program will have stable space (two stalls maximum) at the MCC facilities and eligible to take the Equine A.A.S. EQUH courses.

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A.S. Equine Mgmt PathwayA.S. Livestock ManagementA.S. Pre-Veterinary



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Total Credits for Program Completion: 60(61)

  First Year - Fall Semester     16 Credits Credits
Western Equitation3
Oral Communications Core Requirement3
Intro to Ag & Env Resources1
Introduction to Natural Horsemanship3
Introduction to Equine Studies3
Introduction to Animal Science3
  First Year - Spring Semester     16(17) Credits Credits
Equine Ethology3
Hoof Care Science & Lab2
Natural Horsemanship: Building a Relationship3
Small Pasture Management1
Equine Evaluation1
Business Mathematics3
OR
Mathematics Core Elective(3(4))
Written Communication Elective3
  Second Year - Fall Semester     16 Credits Credits
Natural Horsemanship: Harmony with your Horse I3
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals & Lab4
Starting Colts3
Livestock Handling and Ranch Roping3
Directed Elective (BMKT 225, MART 231, or Approved Elective)3
  Second Year - Spring Semester     12 Credits Credits
Natural Horsemanship: Harmony with your Horse II3
Developing the Young Horse3
Livestock Feeding & Nutrition3
Accounting Procedures3

Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.