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Equine Courses

ANSC 103. Introductory Horse Science 3 cr. Fall. The light horse industry; breeds; introduction to feeding, breeding, marketing and management; handling and selecting horses for breeding and performance. Students learn basic horse science and management skills.

ANSC 190. Western Equitation I. 2 cr. Basic principles of Western riding, including care and management of the riding horse, equitation equipment, and development of riding skills.

ANSC 288. Horse Fitting and Selling 3 cr. Spring. Preparation of horses for sale; planning and conduct of auction sale; application of marketing principles relating to selling horses.

ANSC 289. Management of Equine Operations 3 cr. Fall. This course is completely online and teaches students business aspects of running an equine operation. Prerequisite: ANSC 103 or consent of instructor.

ANSC 290. Western Equitation II 2 cr. Intermediate principles of Western riding, including reading horse behavior, limbering-up exercises, and developing riding skills. Introduction to rollbacks, turnarounds and stops. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

ANSC 302. Therapeutic Riding 3 cr. Fall. Students learn about safety, desensitization, the effect of the horse’s movement, characteristics of a therapy horse, and interaction with people with different abilities.

ANSC 320. Equine Behavior and Training 3 cr. Fall. Basic principles, methods and philosophies of handling, breaking and training the two-year-old Western horse.

ANSC 321. Applied Horsemanship II (s) 3 cr. Spring. Continuation of ANSC 320. Further development of skills required to advance the training of the two-year-old Western horse. Emphasis will be placed on lateral work, lead changes, turn-arounds, obstacles, and making the horse accustomed to ranch and trail riding situations.

ANSC 383. Equine Reproductive Management 3 cr. Spring. Anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology of reproduction of the mare and stallion; training in modern reproductive techniques employed in the horse industry.

ANSC 425. Horse Science and Management 3 cr. Spring. Senior level course requiring students to apply basic knowledge acquired in the prerequisite courses to solve typical problems encountered in the horse industry. Specific topics include genetics and animal breeding, business and legal issues, reproduction, health, nutrition and exercise physiology.

ANSC 450. Equine Assisted Learning 3 cr. Fall. Students work with the horse through goal-oriented activities and learn how horses communicate with us, how perceptive and sensitive they are to us, and how they can create new conversational opportunities and understanding for us.

ANSC 488/588. Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology 3 cr. Fall. Upper level/grad course designed to provide students with in-depth information of nutrition and exercise physiology in the horse. Topics discussed in this course will include: responses of major physiological systems to exercise, conditioning and training, gastrointestinal physiology, nutritional requirements, etc. Practical approaches to feeding various classes of horses and practical approaches to training and conditioning a wide variety of athletes will also be discussed.