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Horse Science Technology AAS

2013 AQHA World ChampionsLast updated 5/29/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 9099

Program Contacts:
East Campus
Recruiter, 309-854-1724


Students completing the Horse Science Technology Program will find a demand for their skills and services in occupations relating to the raising, breeding and management of horses. Some of the specific jobs available include stable manager, groomer, salesperson in a tack store and public relations specialist.

The Horse Science Technology Program offers classroom study and laboratory exercises coupled with supervised on-the-job work experience to prepare students for gainful employment in the horse industry.

Special program features include: supervised on-the-job experience during the first and second year, elective courses to expand an individual’s areas of interest and knowledge, 8-week Spring semester on campus, with the balance of semester on the job; majority of courses in agriculture or are agriculture-related.

Horse Science Technology AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 9099
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
AG 125 — Computers in Agriculture (1)
AG 141 — Animal Science  or  (4)
AG 285 — Animal Science
EQ 101 — Introductory Equine Seminar (1)
EQ 151 — Horse Production and Management (4)
EQ 158 — Horse Evaluation I (1)
EQ 161 — Western Horsemanship (4)
HPE 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)
AG 232 — Forage Crops (3)
Mathematics Elective (3)
EQ/AG Electives (3)

Third Semester
AG 121 — Ag Economics  or  (3)
AG 281 — Ag Economics (4)
AG 142 — Animal Nutrition (3)
EQ 253 — Horse Health Care (4)
EQ 254 — Stable Management (3)
EQ 263 — Methods of Teaching Horsemanship (2)
*EQ/AG Electives (3-4)

Fourth Semester
AG 201 — Advanced Equine Work Experience Seminar (1)
EQ 209 — Advanced Horse Science Work Experience (5)
AG 211 — Ag Salesmanship (3)
AG 225 — Computer Applications in Agriculture (3)
*EQ/AG Electives (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (70)

* A minimum of six or seven elective hours (depending upon whether AG 121 or AG 281 is taken during the 3rd semester) are required in the Horse Science Technology Program. Suggested electives include: (Fall Semester) AG 131, EQ 258, 262, or 267; (Spring Semester) AG 214, AG 222, EQ 120, EQ 167, EQ 220, EQ 259, EQ 263, EQ 264, or EQ 266.

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 131 Soils and Soil Fertility
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Basic course dealing with the formation, physical, chemical, colloidal, and biological properties of soils. Special emphasis is given to soil conditions that affect plant growth and crop yields. Laboratory experience in texture, structure and fertility.

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 201 Advanced Ag Work Experience Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: AG 102/AG 107, AG 102/AG 108, and concurrent enrollment in AG 207 or AG 208.
Special emphasis on preparing for advanced training for final supervised work-education experience and career planning.

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 214 Ag Technology & Information Management
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A course focusing on new and existing technology in agriculture, the collection of agricultural information, with analysis and applications to areas of agriculture production and ag business management.

AG 222 Advanced Agriculture Management
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: AG 122 or instructor consent.
A course dealing with management factors affecting profits in the operation of agribusinesses and farm production businesses. These factors include the keeping of records, analyzing records, income tax preparation and management, using credit to finance the business, using insurance in the business, calculating depreciation, and lease agreements. Experiences in making accounting entries and summarizing business records, as well as completing income tax forms will be provided.

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 232 Forage Crops
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examination of forage crops characteristics and ecology, grasslands of farm and range as related to animal production.

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

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 120 Western Show Team
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EQ 161 “C” or better or instructor consent.
A continuation of technical development of western horsemanship skills for competitions in intercollegiate Horse Show Association events. Emphasis will be on Regional through National Level competitions.

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 201 Advanced Equine Work Experience Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EQ 102 and 109.
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. Special emphasis on preparing for advanced training for final supervised work-eduction experience and career planning.

EQ 209 Advanced Horse Science Work Experience
5 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 48 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: EQ 102 and 109 and concurrent enrollment in EQ 201.
Similar to EQ 109 with emphasis on developing advanced skills in the equine industry.

EQ 220 Western Show Team II
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EQ 161 “C” or better or instructor consent.
A continuation of technical development of western horsemanship skills for competitions in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association events. Emphasis will be on Regional through National Level competitions.

EQ 253 Horse Health Care
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A study of the methods of prevention and control of typical equine diseases and parasites. Also included will be treatment of common injuries and congenital disorders.

EQ 254 Stable Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of horse laws, taxes, advertising, buying and selling, insurance, accounting and records as related to the horse industry. Emphasis will be placed on how to achieve a profitable and functional operation in the horse industry as a breeder, trainer or stable manager.

EQ 258 Horse Evaluation III
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: EQ 158 and 159.
Provides students an opportunity to gain experience in evaluating horses. Time will be spent on developing and presenting oral reasons.

EQ 259 Horse Evaluation IV
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: EQ 158 and 159.
Provides students an opportunity to gain experience in evaluating horses. Time will be spent on developing and presenting oral reasons.

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.

HPE 200 First Aid
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 1-3 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.