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Equine Studies Program
Course Descriptions

F=fall semester, W=winter semester, S=summer semester

ANS 1236 Introduction to Equine Science (3 credits) F/W: Designed for students with an interest in equine science but with limited equine experience. Principles of equine selection, care and utilization will be addressed. Additional topics include horse breeds, history, conformation, management, equipment, legal issues, economics, insurance and ethics specific to the equine industry.

ANS 2232C Horse Handling and Safety (3 credits) F/W: This course introduces the student to the normal behavior of the horse and emphasizes the proper way to handle the horse in a variety of situations. Topics include breeds, gaits, hoof care, restraints, bandaging and basic horse husbandry.

AEB 2137C Equine Business Management (3 credits) F/W: This course reviews management practices essential to the planning and operation of commercial horse farms or equine retail and service businesses. Students will prepare a business plan.

ANS 1238C Equine Behavior and Psychology (3 credits) F/W: This course will cover the history, evaluation and development of the horse, including an in-depth study of the horse’s psyche. Attention will be focused on imprinting, bonding, fright and flight, as well as restraint in herd and hand activities. Behavior of the horse including the effects of the senses – hearing, smell, sight and touch will be stressed. The behavior of the normal and abnormal horse will be studied from birth through elder age.

ANS 2405 Equine Nutrition (3 credits) F/W: This course studies equine nutrition and its application, including concentrates, hays, forage and supplements. Topics include basic nutrition and digestive anatomy, common feeds and supplements, nutritional needs in specific situations and ration balancing. Upon completion, students should be able to explain feeding practices and critique rations for classifications of horses.

ANS 1237C Equine Health Care (3 credits) F/W: This course will cover the common infectious diseases of the horse and their prevention. Some of the topics covered in this course will be: current vaccination protocols, disease control measures and prevention, and minor treatment procedures. Also discussed are the use of health certificates, Equine Infectious Anemia forms and state laws regarding horses.

ANS 1531C Equine Medicine (3 credits) F/W: This course will cover metabolic diseases and non-infectious conditions of the horse, foreign diseases which impact horses worldwide, bone and joint maladies as related to performance situations, the propensity for certain diseases or conditions as related to age, environmental conditions related to housing, geography and use of blood analysis.

ANS 1930 Equine Special Topics (1 credit) F/W: The primary purpose of this course is to present current issues related to the equine industry, which are not covered in the core courses of the curriculum. The course contains such topics as: legislative changes (i.e., insurance requirements), personnel relations, legal issues, animal rights, Spanish for the Equine Industry, etc.

ANS 1949 Co-Op/Internship (3 credits) F/W/S:

Business Management Specialization

ANS 1073C: Equine Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits) F/W: This course covers the normal anatomy and common anatomical disorders of the horse. Emphasis is placed on the bony structure and muscle-tendon relationship as they relate to biomechanics. The practical application of conformation and clinical disorders is stressed.

ANS 1018C: Equine Computer Skills (2 credits) W: The purpose of this course is to train students in equine management software. This software will assist in all levels of managing information for an equine operation: horse inventory, breeding, health records, billing and accounts receivable.

ANS 1315: Equine Reproduction (3 credits) W: This course covers the theory and practices associated with effective equine reproduction, including mare and stallion care and basic principles of genetic selection. Instruction will include classroom learning and visits to local horse farms.

AEB 1941: Equine Careers (1 credit) F/W: This course will provide the student with supervised practical experience in different equine enterprises. Emphasis will be placed on providing opportunities for the student to relate classroom theory to the actual functions. Emphasis is on the diversity of the equine industry and permits the student to evaluate different disciplines for future employment. This course will also enable the student to further develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in realistic situations.

ANS 1222: Equine Sales and Marketing (3 credits) W: This course will prepare the student with marketing and sales skills for various equine enterprise types. Sale of a product or service is vital to the successful equine business manager. Specific emphasis will be placed on the development of effective advertisements, market research, sales strategy, pricing and other components of a successful market plan. Students will prepare a market plan and present it to the class.

ANS 1223: Equine Conformation Analysis (3 credits) F/W: A vital component of any equine business is the ability to evaluate the physical characteristics of the horse in relation to their potential as an equine athlete. Students completing this course will be able to evaluate conformation of different breeds and ages, predict athletic ability, explain their observations orally, and evaluate pedigrees for marketability or performance.

ANS 1220: Equine Sport and Competition (2 credits) F: This course will provide detailed information on the many disciplines in which horses compete. Students will learn about training issues specific to the discipline and rules of competition with a focus on marketability of successful horses.

Exercise Physiology Specialization

ANS 2076C Physiology of Equine Exercise (3 credits) W:  Students will discover the coordination of muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological systems in the exercising horse.  Special emphasis will be placed on conditioning techniques, biomechanics of gait and nutrition for equine athletes.  Class projects will include tracking the response of horses to training throughout the semester.

ANS 2074C Injury and Rehabilitation of Horses (3 credits) FThis class addresses the most common equine orthopedic and soft tissue injuries and discusses how the normal healing process can be enhanced using rehabilitation therapy.  A description of these therapeutic modalities, including ultrasound, massage, stretching, laser, magnetic field therapy, joint mobilization, acupressure, cold/heat therapy and hydrotherapy will be studied in conjunction with hands-on observation and practical sessions.  Current scientific research in the field of equine rehabilitation will be discussed.

ANS 2072C Equine Manual Therapies (3 credits) F:  An emerging field in equine science is the application of physical therapy for maintenance of athletic horses as well as rehabilitation of injured horses.  A major focus of this course is the theory and application of massage techniques, including stretching and myofascial release.  Extensive animal work will enhance students comprehension and ability to apply manual therapies for horses.

ANS 2075 Farrier Science (2 credits) F: This course examines anatomy and balance of the horse hoof for various athletic endeavors.  Shoes and corrective work will also be addressed. 

ANS 2221 Equine Tack and Equipment (1 credit) W:  Poor fitting saddles or inappropriate selection of bits can interfere with athletic performance of the horse.  This minimester course evaluates bit function and design, choice of metal and choice of bit through the training process.  Additional topics include saddle fit and design, training equipment and proper application of equipment.

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