Equestrian Studies

Equestrian Management Course Requirements

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

EDU 206: Educational Psychology

A pragmatically oriented study of learning processes and factors that stimulate and impede those processes. Psychological testing, methods of measuring and evaluating learning. Special needs of learners with exceptionalities and racial and ethnic minorities. Techniques of interpersonal relations and classroom management. Observation in local schools and other institutions. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

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 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 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 235: Applied Horse Training Techniques I

A practicum class in which students work with young, green or problem horses to break, train or retrain for use as riding horses. Coursework includes lunging, long-lining, ground driving, use of cavalletti systems and gymnastic jumping, backing and work under saddle .5 credits. Does not satisfy PE requirement. Prerequisites: EQS 230, EQT 203 or permission.

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 326, 327: Methods of Teaching and Training I, II

Courses designed to provide knowledge of riding and schooling principles, methods of instruction, lesson planning, student assessment and lesson horse selection. Lecture, discussion, student teaching practica, laboratory. Prerequisites: 240.

EQS 328, 329: Principles and Practices of Equestrian Management I, II

Capstone courses in teaching horsemanship. Emphasis is placed on building a repertoire of teaching techniques; and critical evaluation of riders, horses, lesson plans, methodology and style. Discussions include the ethics of the industry and philosophical differences among disciplines. Preparation of riders and horses for competitive riding, supervision of teaching staff and peer evaluations. Discussion, presentations, supervised teaching practica, laboratory and experiential work requirements. Prerequisite: EDU 206 (for EQS 328), 327.

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

Contact Information

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

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