Equestrian Studies

Equine Management Course Requirements

BUS 124: Introduction to Management

Study of management from a general perspective. Major functional areas of internal and external activities of an organization, the decision-making process and the computer’s place in contemporary management. Emphasis on formulation and implementation of policy in keeping with an organization’s goals.

One of the following six courses:

1. ACC 105: Principles of Accounting I

The accounting cycle, from the analysis of business transactions through the preparation of the three basic financial statements: the income statement, balance sheet and the statement of cash flows; basic theory and practice with respect to accounting for assets, liabilities and equities; external uses of accounting information; interpretation of accounting data; analysis of financial statements; income and cash flow analysis. Prerequisite: MAT 096/099 or Mathematics Placement Exam Results.

2. BUS 220, 320: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Consideration of the problems of start-up, survival, profit and growth of a new or ongoing venture. Examination of small-business operations including business plans, finance, legal aspects, government regulation, record-keeping, marketing and human resources issues. Prerequisite: 124.

3. BUS 223: Marketing Management

Analytical systems approach to marketing decision-making. Consumer behavior, marketing research, pricing, product and promotion strategy, distribution channels. Why marketing activities develop in an industrial economy. Social and ethical issues are analyzed. Prerequisite: 124.

4. BUS 225: Business Law
Study of contract, agency, debtor credit, trusts and estates, property, corporation and partnership law; Uniform Commercial Code. areas of governmental regulation, including antitrust, securities and employment law; work papers, privileged communications and confidentiality. Prerequisite: 124. CC
5. ECO 101: Introduction to Macroeconomics

Institutions and functioning of capitalism; national income and its determination; monetary and fiscal policy; international economics; and problems of growth and development. CC


ECO 102: Introduction to Microeconomics

The mechanisms by which resources are allocated in a market system, and study of modifications to account for imperfections in the system. Topics include demand, production and cost, theories of business behavior and consumer behavior, market performance in the U.S. economy and comparative economic systems. CC

6. BIO 101: General Biology

Introduction to cell anatomy and organismal biology. The five kingdoms of life are surveyed, emphasizing distinguishing features and lifestyles. In-depth study of major organ systems of multicellular animals. Emphasis on principles underlying living organisms, problems they face and solutions that have evolved. Designed as first of two semesters of a general survey. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL


Bio 110: Contemporary Biology

A survey of relevant biological principles and processes designed as an introduction to the life sciences for the non-science major. Topics include human biology (cellular and physiological processes), evolution of biodiversity and ecology. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL

And all of the following:

EQS 110: Introduction to Equine Management

The foundation course for equestrian studies, which addresses basic equine anatomy, breeds, colors, conformation, equipment, feeding, grooming, minor veterinary care, shoeing, soundness and stable management. Lecture, demonstration, discussion; practica and experiential work required at the stable.

EQS 116: Equine Anatomy and Physiology

A study of the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems of the horse from anatomical and physiological perspectives. Prerequisite: BIO 101 or 110. Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory.

EQS 125: Equine Breeding Management

An introduction to all aspects of horse breeding including heredity, selection, the reproductive system of mares and stallions, live cover and artificial insemination, fetal development, parturition, care and handling of breeding stock and foals, and breeding farm design and management. Lectures, laboratory, and visits to breeding farms. Experiential work required at the stable. Prerequisite: 116 or permission of the director of equestrian studies.

EQS 220: Management of Equine Events

Designed for show managers, riders, trainers and instructors, this course examines the operation of various shows, trials, events and competitions, including basics of course design. Reviews national and international rules, governing bodies and organizations. Practicum experiences running college-sponsored events, lecture and discussion. Practica and experiential work requirement at the stable. Not open to first-year students.

EQS 225: Equine Health Management

Examines the care of the horse, symptoms, causes, care and prevention of diseases and injuries; assisting the farrier and veterinarian; basics of blood testing, immunizations, parasites and their control; and record-keeping. Lecture, discussion, practica, laboratory and experiential work required at the stable. Prerequisites: 110, 116.

EQS 230: Introduction to Training the Horse

Presents the basic concepts of a variety of traditional and modern training methods. The course provides an understanding of the horse’s natural behavior, instincts and ability to learn. Students are taught the use of aids, tack, equipment, schooling exercises and training techniques, all designed to develop a calm, obedient, forward-moving horse. Lecture, discussion and practica.

EQS 240: Introduction to Teaching Horsemanship

A preparatory course for teaching the basics of safe horsemanship, emphasizing theory of riding principles, methods of instruction, safety, prevention of accidents, and supervision of groups and individual riders. Lecture, discussion, observation, practica. Prerequisites: 110, 230.

EQS 310: Equine Facility Management

A study of the management, design and operation of stables and horse farms. Includes managing employees, basics of raising crops and pastures, designing buildings, arenas, and layout, transporting horses, insurance concerns, fire prevention and farm vehicle maintenance. Lecture, discussion, practica, computer labs and site visits to local stable. Includes an experiential work requirement at the stables. Prerequisite: EQS 110.

EQS 315: Equine Performance Management

Addresses the management of the equine athlete, including nutrition, lameness and conditioning; and modern techniques of prevention and treatment of injuries. Lectures, discussion, laboratory, practica and experiential work requirement at the stable Prerequisite: 225.

PSY 110: Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to the science of behavior. Topics include the biological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, development, personality and adjustment, and social behavior. CC

Certification in CPR and First Aid (noncredit)

One additional major-related course at the 200 or 300 level, chosen in consultation with the student's academic adviser.

Contact Information

Ann O'Shallie 
Department Chair
717-264-4141  ext. 3202

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