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Equestrian Science AAS

Last updated 5/18/2015

Associate in Applied Science Code 9096

Program Contacts:
East Campus
Donna Irvin, 309-854-1840, irvind@bhc.edu
Recruiter, 309-854-1724


Students completing the Equestrian Science Program will find many career opportunities in all phases of the horse industry. Some of the specific jobs available are stewards, riding instructors, trainers, horse show judges and show personnel.

The Equestrian Science Program offers classroom study and laboratory exercises coupled with supervised on-the-job experience to prepare students for employment or for transfer to a four-year school in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree related to horsemanship.

Special program features include: hands-on training of horses on campus each semester; general education courses which will easily transfer to four-year schools; elective courses to expand an individual’s area of interest and knowledge; supervised on-the-job experience; and an opportunity to participate in horse judging and evaluation.

Equestrian Science AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 9096
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
AG 125 — Computers in Agriculture (1)
AG 285 — Animal Science  or  (4)
AG 141 — Animal Science
EQ 101 — Introductory Equine Seminar (1)
EQ 151 — Horse Production and Mgt. (4)
EQ 158 — Horse Evaluation I (1)
EQ 161 — Western Horsemanship (4)
HEAL 200 — First Aid (1)
Communications Elective (3)

Second Semester
EQ 102 — Horse Science Work Experience Seminar (1)
EQ 109 — Equine Work Experience (5)
EQ 154 — Horse Equipment and Facilities (3)
EQ 159 — Horse Evaluation II (1)
EQ 167 — Colt Training (3)
Mathematics Elective (3)
EQ/AG Electives (2)

Third Semester
AG 142 — Animal Nutrition (3)
EQ 262 — English Equitation (4)
EQ 263 — Methods of Teaching Horsemanship (2)
EQ 267 — Farrier Science (2)
AG 281 — Ag Economics  or  (4)
AG 121 — Ag Economics (3)
*EQ/AG Electives (3-4)

Fourth Semester
AG 211 — Agricultural Salesmanship (3)
AG 225 — Computer Applications in Agriculture  or  (3)
AG 289 — Microcomputer Skills for Agriculture  or
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers
EQ 264 — Show Horse Training (4)
EQ 266 — Horse Show Preparation & Management (2)
*EQ/AG Electives (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (70)

Courses for this program include: »

AG 121 Introduction to Ag Economics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introductory course covering selected agricultural economics principles and topics. Includes economic principles applied to agricultural problems; agriculture as business; resource utilization; production principles; profit maximization; supply and demand principles; market structures and price determination; finance; and agricultural policy. Other topics covered are the world food situation and food production; agricultural trade; and the role of agriculture in economic growth. Special emphasis is placed on applying economic theories and principles to solving problems facing agricultural producers and agricultural industries.

AG 125 Computers in Agriculture
1-3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
An introductory course in the use of computers in agricultural situations. Emphasis will be placed on the type of computers used in agriculture, how these computers operate, and the types of computer software available for agricultural use. Students will learn to operate computers through hands-on classroom and laboratory experiences.

AG 141 Animal Science
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A comprehensive view of the livestock industry as a science. Study is based upon biological principles with application to modern livestock management practices for beef, swine, dairy cattle, sheep, and horses. Laboratory to supplement lectures and discussions.

AG 142 Animal Nutrition
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Study of common feeds and their uses in animal nutrition including calculations of rations for maintenance, growth and production.

AG 211 Ag Salesmanship
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Study of the basic principles and theories of salesmanship with considerable emphasis given to the practical application. Role playing will be utilized to stress techniques. Sales aids, market promotion and advertising will be included.

AG 225 Computer Applications in Agriculture
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Use of computers in farm and agribusiness management with emphasis on commercially available software for accounting, budgeting, record keeping, and market analysis.

AG 281 Agricultural Economics
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introduction to the principles of economics including production principles; production costs, supply and revenue; profit maximization; consumption and demand; price elasticity; market price determination; and competitive versus noncompetitive market models. These principles are applied to agriculture and the role of agriculture in the United States and world economies. Other topics include a survey of the world food situation; natural, human and capital resources; commodity product marketing; and agricultural problems and policies. IAI: AG 901

AG 285 Animal Science
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A comprehensive view of the livestock industry as a science. Study is based upon biological principles with application to modern livestock management practices for beef, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats and horses. Includes animal breeds, breeding and selection; anatomy, physiology, nutrition, growth; environment, health and sanitation; products and marketing; production technology and economics; animal behavior; and current issues in animal science. Laboratory to supplement lectures and discussions. IAI: AG 902

AG 289 Microcomputer Skills for Agriculture
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the concepts, principles and applications of microcomputers as they apply to agriculture and business. Students will learn agriculture and business applications of several common software packages in use today. Evaluation of current software will also be a focus. IAI: AG 913

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

EQ 101 Introductory Equine Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of equine industry. Special reports on select current topics. Part of class time will be utilized by visiting lecturers. Occasionally a dinner meeting may be held. Required of full-time equine students.

EQ 102 Horse Science Work Experience Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Continuation of EQ 101 with special emphasis on developing the work-education experience program.

EQ 109 Equine Work Experience
1-8 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 40 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Completion of 22 semester hours in Equestrian/Horse Science curriculum (that includes EQ 161 & EQ 151) or consent of instructor and concurrent enrollment in EQ 102.
Eleven weeks of supervised training in an approved equine business. Reports by the student and satisfactory job performance required for credit.

EQ 151 Horse Production and Management
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
An introductory course on equine reproduction. Emphasis will be on dentistry, genetics, stallion and mare reproductive anatomy and physiology, foaling and foal care and general breeding farm management.

EQ 154 Horse Equipment and Facilities
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Students will learn principles of planning for equine facilities, design and construction. Students will also learn to recognize, evaluate and select a variety of horse equipment.

EQ 158 Horse Evaluation I
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Provides students an opportunity to gain experience in evaluating horses. There will be time spent on developing and presenting oral reasons.

EQ 159 Horse Evaluation II
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EQ 158 or instructor consent.
Provides students an opportunity to gain experience in evaluating horses. Time will be spent on developing and presenting oral reasons. Continuation of EQ 158.

EQ 161 Western Horsemanship
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
The principles and methods of western horsemanship will be studied including developing communication between rider and horse, proper positioning of the rider, process of aids and cues, and equitation guidelines.

EQ 167 Colt Training
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of 15 credit hours in horse/Horse Science curriculum or instructor consent.
Fundamentals of horse handling and training will be covered, including stall maintenance and daily care, grooming, ground work, principles of breaking, and basic training techniques under saddle.

EQ 262 English Equitation
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EQ 161 or instructor consent.
The principles and methods of hunt seat equitation will be studied including developing communication between rider and horse, proper positioning of rider, process of aids and cues, and equitation guidelines.

EQ 263 Methods of Teaching Horsemanship
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: EQ 161, EQ 262, or instructor consent.
Methods of Teaching Horsemanship is an introduction to the theory of teaching horsemanship. Analysis of objectives and the development of lesson plans for youth and adult beginning, intermediate and advanced riders will be removed.

EQ 264 Show Horse Training
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: EQ 161, EQ 262, instructor consent.
Students will use procedures learned in all previous equitation courses to select, prepare, train and compete on a horse in Horse Show events.

EQ 266 Horse Show Preparation and Management
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EQ 161 or instructor consent.
Complete preparation of the horse for the show ring, consisting of grooming, mane pulling, braiding mane and tail, clipping and bandaging. Basic leather care and correct appointments will also be explained.

EQ 267 Farrier Science
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
A study of equine industry. Special reports on select current topics. Part of class time will be utilized by visiting lecturers. Occasionally a dinner meeting may be held. Required of full-time equine students. Comprehensive study of the horse’s foot, its function, anatomy, care, shoeing, related problems and techniques of corrections.

HEAL 200 First Aid
1-3 cr. hrs.;
.5-2 lecture hours; 1-2 lab hours per week.
Methods and skills of emergency care for the ill or injured victim. May be repeated twice. Variable credit as follows: 1.0-Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Standard First Aid; 3.0-Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care Red Cross certification upon successful completion of course.

* A minimum of seven or eight elective hours (depending upon whether AG 121 or AG 281 is taken during the third semester) are required in the Equestrian Science Technology program. Suggested electives include:
(Fall Semester) ENG 102, SPEC 101, EQ 253 or EQ 258
(Spring Semester) AG 122, AG 222, AG 232, EQ 120, EQ 152, EQ 220, EQ 254, EQ 259, or EQ 265.