About Equestrian Studies
Wilson College offers two concentrations within the Equestrian Studies major: Equine Management and Equestrian Management.
Equine Management Concentration
The student interested primarily in the management of a barn will select
the Equine Management concentration. This program directs the student's
interests to the mechanics of running a stable and the handling of
horses within a barn, including practical stable management. The Equine
Management concentration requires two business-related courses.
Equestrian Management Concentration
The student primarily interested in riding and the teaching of riding
will select the Equestrian Management concentration. The program
improves skills in riding and provides an education focused on teaching.
In addition to equestrian courses, both concentrations include courses
in biology, psychology, physical education, and veterinary medical
technology. The Equestrian Management concentration also requires an
educational psychology course.
All students who wish to ride are evaluated and classified as
beginner, novice, intermediate, or advanced according to their
demonstrated skills. Students are grouped with riders of comparable
skills in small classes. Equitation is considered a physical education
activity and, as such, earns one-half course credit.
All students, regardless of major, may take as many equitation
courses as their schedules can accommodate. The student in the
Equestrian Management track may apply a maximum of three and one-half
equitation course credits (seven semesters) toward graduation
requirements. Other majors and students concentrating in equine
management may apply not more than one and one-half course credits
(three semesters) toward graduation requirements.
Wilson College emphases a classical approach to balanced seat riding. Equestrian Studies Students are trained to be in self carriage with independent aids and
seat such that they can influence the horse with maximum sensitivity and
harmony with an emphasis on riding the horse correctly from back to
front in all the disciplines. After mastery of the mechanics and
schooling figures, riders are trained to influence and reshape their
horses with patience and professionalism as they will in their careers.
There is no emphasis on the short quick fix in any discipline.