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Horse Science Technology Certificate

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Last updated 5/18/2015

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 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 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 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 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 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