College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Equine Science & Management

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Equine Science and Management involves the study and application of science and business concepts to the horse industry. Equine Science and Management majors select either the equine science option, for students who have a primary interest in horse production; or the equine management option, for students interested in the business aspect of the horse industry.

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The horse industry is a dynamic industry that encompasses not only the breeding, raising and training of horses but also the development of activities for the use of the horse in sports and recreation. The industry has a significant economic impact across the U.S. and worldwide. Equine Science and Management graduates are needed in all aspects of the industry including production, business management, and other related support industries.

The following is a list of some of the career areas students may pursue:

  •     Horse Farm Management
  •     Horse Training/Riding
  •     Working with Equine  & Non-Profit Associations
  •     Equine Nutrition and Feed Manufacturing
  •     Medical
  •     Sales (breed related, pharmaceutical, and health)
  •     Equine Marketing and Public Relations,
  •     Therapeutic (acupuncture, massage, rehabilitation therapist)
  •     Education (extension, faculty, or research)
  •     Farrier

what you'll study

In the Equine Sciences and Management program, you will experience a curriculum that emphasizes basic science and business concepts and that application to equine production and management.  In addition, you can explore unique internship opportunities that help prepare for careers in equine industry - as well as become an active participant.  All students are required to take 25 credits in the major which provides a strong background in equine science, management, and business.  You may then select courses in one of four emphasis areas:

  • Equine Science
  • Business
  • Community Leadership and Development
  • Forages/Pastures

Students in equine science and management considering a career in veterinary medicine or graduate research can meet those goals in the degree program as well.  Interested students need to consult with an advisor to ensure all specific academic requirements are met.

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