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Horse Science Technology Certificate

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Last updated 5/29/2014

Certificate Code 9599

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


Students who are preparing for the increasing job opportunities in occupations relating to the raising, breeding and management of horses and for directly related businesses, should consider this curriculum. Some of the specific jobs available include stable manager, groomer, salesperson in a tack store and public relations specialist.

Horse Science Technology Certificate
Certificate Code 9599
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
AG 141 — Animal Science (4)
AG 142 — Animal Nutrition (3)
EQ 151 — Horse Production and Management (4)
EQ 161 — Western Horsemanship (4)
EQ 253 — Horse Health Care (4)
EQ 254 — Stable Management (3)
*EQ/AG Electives (1)

Second Semester
AG 232 — Forage Crops (3)
EQ 154 — Horse Equipment and Facilities (4)
*EQ/AG Electives (1)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (30)

* A minimum of two elective hours are required for the Horse Science Technology Certificate. Suggested electives include: (Fall Semester) AG 125, AG 224, AG 225, EQ 158
(Spring Semester) AG 102, AG 225, EQ 109, EQ 120, EQ 159, EQ 220.

Courses for this program include: »

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

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 224 Agricultural Law
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of the laws that affect agricultural businesses in the context of labor, taxation, tenancy, liability and other areas.

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.

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 (that includes EQ 161 & EQ 151) curriculum 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 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.


Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Horse Science Technology Certificate