EQUINE STEWARDSHIP (EQS I):  Students will develop their ability to act as stewards for the horse through the utilization and integration of knowledge, critical analysis of standards of operation, and ethical decision-making.


Outcomes:   The student’s ability to be an equine steward will be demonstrated through:


  • Demonstrating a basic knowledge of the horse’s evolution, history, breeds, conformation, and general care and maintenance
  • Practical application of equine anatomy and physiology
  • Demonstration of theoretical proficiency related to the breeding process, care and maintenance of the breeding stallion and mare, and the care of the foal
  • Adherence to industry standards in  the management and design related to equine competitions
  • Performance of preventative health care and general herd health practices
  • Practical application of training techniques utilizing the training pyramid
  • Conceptual design and practical management of an equine facility
  • Design and application of a conditioning program for the performance horse


TEACHING PROFICIENCY (EQS II):  Through a progressive course of study and mentorship, students will learn to become competent and safe instructors of a basic equitation class.


Outcomes:   The student’s competency as a basic-level riding instructor will be demonstrated through:


  • Discussion of the theories of riding and teaching and writing basic lesson plans
  • Integration of equitation and equine training skills in the writing of progressive lesson plans, discussion of methods of instruction, and application of practical skills through peer instruction
  • Integration of equitation and equine training skills in the writing of complete lesson plans, mentored teaching of a basic-level rider, and submission of self- and peer-evaluations
  • Student-teach (mentored) a basic-level group equitation class



EQUESTRIAN SKILLS (EQS III):  Students in equitation classes will progress their skills in a safe and effective manner following the training standards in one or more disciplines/seats of riding. 


Outcomes:   Students will develop and demonstrate skills in progressively challenging levels of classes.  Progression of skills will be demonstrated by:


  • performing discipline-based and level appropriate skill examinations
  • thinking critically about their progression and submitting plans through journals
  • integrating their equine knowledge into their training programs
  • demonstrating depth and breadth of their skills through cross-training