Open Ride Nights will continue through the summer months!
The Equine Studies program provides students with an understanding of the scope of the equine industry and its economic value to society. Students will gain an understanding of the biological principles involved in the production, maintenance of health, nutrition, and anatomy and physiology of horses. Through horsemanship, students should gain an insight into the horse’s behavior and how man can use the horse humanely for his benefit. Students should learn to apply the knowledge gained to solve problems and to integrate solutions to attain successful horse production and management. Students may major in agriculture with a concentration in equine studies or minor in equine studies.
The Equine Studies minor is offered to students with majors outside of the field of Agriculture. This option, when combined with various majors such as Business Administration, Communication or Education, provides the student with the scientific and technical knowledge, as well as the hands-on practice of horsemanship. With a major in Agriculture and a concentration in Equine Studies, students are prepared for a career in the equine industry in areas such as management, marketing, reproduction, nutrition, sales and instruction. The curriculum is based on a core of Agriculture classes (Ag Technology, Crop & Animal Production, Ag Economics, Animal Nutrition) with further classes in the Equine area (Horsemanship, Anatomy & Conformation, Intro to Equine Studies, Practical Horse Feeding, Health & Diseases, Reproduction & Physiology). Students also can pursue a graduate degree in related scientific fields or apply to veterinary school.
Wilmington College has developed an outstanding equine facility for students involved in the Equine Studies program. The new 28 stall equine center also has a 72 x 152-foot indoor arena with an attached, heated viewing room. The equine center also has an outdoor arena and round pen. Horses are kept in 12’ x 12’ box stalls. Each boarder has a private tack locker for storing saddles, bridles, grooming supplies and tack boxes. Wash racks, turnout paddocks with safety fencing, and trails are available on the 40 acres just minutes away from campus. Future plans include the construction of an additional barn.
Boarding for student-owned horses is available at the Equine Center. The College also can assist in providing horses to those students that don’t own a horse. Students are not required to board a horse as part of the Equine Studies program.
Also, students can participate in numerous clubs and activities while attending Wilmington College. In the equine area, there are the Equestrian Club and the Equestrian Team, which is affiliated with Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, as well as the Rodeo Club. The Equestrian Club has fundraising, educational and social events throughout the semester. To participate on the Equestrian Team, students must be members of the club. The team actively competes in IHSA Zone 6, Region 3 with such other institutions as Miami University, The University of Findlay and Bowling Green State University in both English and Western divisions.
The Equine Studies concentration prepares students for a position in the equine industry in areas such as management, reproduction, sales and marketing, nutrition, and horsemanship. With a base of scientific and technical knowledge, as well as practical hands on experiences, students are also qualified to continue with further education at the graduate or professional level. Students will complete courses that incorporate agriculture and equine studies.