C. Understanding Equine
Why Understanding Equine?This one-year (29(30) credit) program will give students the basic understanding of Equine. Students will be able to evaluate horses and better understand their behavior following the completion of the Understanding Equine Certificate.
Upon Completing the Certificate, the students will have the knowledge of:
|First Year - Fall Semester     16 Credits||Credits|
EQUH 110EQUH 110 - Western Equitation
This course is designed to develop knowledge and positive communication skills as they relate to horses. Attention will be given to a broad array of equine issues including nutrition and health management, horse anatomy and psychology, the judging of conformation and performance, and the skills of horse packing. Additional aspects of this course will focus on training for Western pleasure, trail, equitation and reining, and, to a lesser degree, on packing. The ultimate goal of this course is to enrich the horse/human relationship.
|Intro to Ag & Env Resources||1|
EQUH 155EQUH 155 - Introduction to Natural Horsemanship
The student will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of horsemanship first in ground work, and then riding. The student will learn and implement a number of basic maneuvers to achieve the horse’s confidence and respect from the ground. Students will learn to read the horse’s body language and basic safety. Then, the student will learn safe and efficient saddle techniques, and how and when to safely mount the horse. In the saddle, the student will learn the fundamentals of rein position and will be able to control the horse in all three gaits (Walk, trot, and canter.)
|Introduction to Natural Horsemanship||3|
EQUS 101EQUS 101 - Introduction to Equine Studies
The horse has served humanity for centuries in many different ways. Today, the horse serves primarily as a source of pleasure in technologically advanced nations, but it still serves as a beast of burden and for draft power in underdeveloped countries. This course will give the student an overview of equine health that will provide a basis for subsequent more practical and scientifically based courses. In this class, we will look at the evolution and behavior of the horse, the history of horsemanship, contemporary breeds and their uses, selection of an appropriate horse (including conformation and pre-purchase examinations), and insights into career avenues within the equine industry.
|Introduction to Equine Studies||3|
|Oral Communication Elective||3|
|Introduction to Animal Science||3||First Year - Spring Semester     13(14) Credits||Credits|
EQUH 133EQUH 133 - Horses at the Ground Level
Designed to teach safe horsemanship; ground level. Students will learn handling skills to establish leadership and mutual respect. Skills taught will help students prepare horses for the vet, farrier, and outings. Students will gain awareness of body language to gauge possible outcomes of situations. Activities will increase the student’s ability to read the horse’s body language. Then, the student will learn safe and efficient saddle techniques, and how and when to safely mount the horse. A number of videos will be viewed in the classroom.
|Horses at the Ground Level||2|
|Small Pasture Management||1|
|Written Communication Elective||3|
M 108M 108 - Business Mathematics
This course is a study of math and terminology used by business and industry. The course will begin with a review of the fundamental principles of arithmetic and percentages. Payroll, bank records, interest, notes, discounts, markup, inventory, depreciation, and stocks and bonds will be covered. This course does not fulfill General Education requirements for the AA/AS degree. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement score or concurrent enrollment in NC 021 Supplemental Instruction/Academic Support for Mathematics. For those in NC 021, attendance and participation in NC 021 will be reported to your M 108 instructor for consideration in your M 108 grade.
|Mathematics Core Elective||(3(4))|
Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.