EQS100 INTRODUCTION TO EQUINE STUDIES (3). A fundamental survey of the horse industry, including historical background and importance of horses in the development of civilization. Modern horse use and economic impact, the science of anatomy and physiology, behavior, genetics, nutrition, and health of the horse are introduced. Each Fall.
EQS101 RECREATIONAL HORSEBACK RIDING (1). Basic instruction for the beginner recreational rider, includes safety around the horse and while mounted, basic rider position, and the working gaits of the horse. At the conclusion of the class, students should be able to safely catch and tack up the horse, and ride safely at the walk and trot. At the advanced level, the student receives instruction for recreational riding at the canter with more emphasis on position and body and horse control. At the conclusion of the class, students should be able to safely catch and tack up the horse, and ride safely at the walk, trot, and canter with correct body position ($250.00 fee). May be repeated one time. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Each Fall/Each Spring.
EQS111 FUNDAMENTALS OF HORSEMANSHIP (3). An introduction to riding, including skills such as handling, bridling and saddling, grooming, mounting, dismounting, basic maneuvers, safe horsemanship, and general overall knowledge of horses, at all levels. Though emphasis is on equitation skills, barn and stable management are included. Each Fall.
EQS200 EQUINE ANATOMY AND CONFORMATION (3). The study of horse anatomy and functional design. Critical analysis, reasoning, and oral interpretation skills are developed. Acquaints the student with the scientific application of selecting and improving today's horse. Judging techniques and terminology for competitive horse judging are included. Each Spring.
EQS211 INTERMEDIATE EQUITATION (3). Requires intermediate to advanced horsemanship skills . Emphasis is placed on individual work and skills achievement. Though emphasis is placed on upper-level equitation skills, barn and stable management are introduced. Prerequisite: EQS111 or permission of instructor. Each Spring.
EQS270 EQUINE SELECTION AND EVALUATION PRACTICUM (1). This course will provide students an opportunity to learn more about equine selection and evaluation and gain knowledge of the horse industry, as well as learn to gather and analyze information, make decisions, and communicate the reasons for those decisions. Students will have the opportunity to travel and visit many farms and other colleges for judging practice. Individuals will be selected to compete on a team for regional and national contests during both the fall and spring. May be repeated for a total of 4 semester hours. Prerequisite: EQS200. Each Fall/Each Spring.
EQS300 EQUINE HEALTH AND DISEASE (3). Study of equine diseases, including causes, diagnosis and treatment. The course examines horse health and the development of an equine prevention and treatment program. Prerequisite: AGR108, AGR109, or EQS100 and junior or senior standing. Alternate years. Fall 2006.
EQS311 ADVANCED HORSEMANSHIP AND TRAINING (3). Advanced horsemanship skills required. Emphasis is placed on individual skill achievement in equitation skills and horse training practices. Students will form individual horse training theories. Prerequisite: EQS211 or permission of instructor. Each Fall.
EQS320 PRACTICAL HORSE FEEDING (3). Study of anatomy and physiology of the digestive system and its role in digestion and utilization of feeds. Ration calculation and balancing. Relation of nutrition to health. Prerequisites: AGR108, AGR109, or EQS100 and junior or senior standing. Alternate years. Fall 2007.
EQS350 TOPICS IN EQUINE STUDIES (3). Provides opportunity for advanced study in various fields of equine studies. Possible topics include: Farm and Stable Management, Methods of Teaching Equitation Skills, Equine Career Identification, Equine Medical Management, Equine Behavior and Training, Showmanship, and Competition. Topics are announced in the class schedule. Prerequisite: AGR108, AGR109, or EQS100 or permission of instructor. Fall 2007.
EQS400 EQUINE REPRODUCTION AND PHYSIOLOGY (4). Anatomy and physiology of reproduction for the mare and stallion are integrated with basic endocrinology, genetic inheritance, pregnancy testing, and management of breeding stock. Laboratory. Prerequisites: AGR108, AGR109, or EQS100 and junior or senior standing. Alternate years. Spring 2008.
EQS411 EQUINE PERFORMANCE EVENTS (3). An examination of various horse events such as reining, western riding, trail, team penning, and hunter hack. Course includes classroom lecture on events and hands on event practice. Students will learn all performance aspects of events as well as rules and judging guidelines in competition. Prerequisite: EQS 311 or permission of instructor. Alternate years. Spring 2008.
EQS460 EQUINE INTERNSHIP (1-6). A student initiated, designed, and executed occupational learning experience. On-the-job work experiences are integrated with educational objectives to give students an opportunity to broaden their learning experiences. Scope is as broad as student’s imagination. Course may be repeated. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.