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2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Equine Management (B.S.)

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The Equine Management program allows students to obtain a business-oriented degree through a challenging education that blends the liberal arts with professional preparation in business and the equine industry. The equine curriculum provides a balanced course structure, including emphasis on both the science of the horse and the principles of business combined with internship experience. Elective options will prepare students to enter the workforce with the skills necessary for their success as an independent business person or a skilled employee.

Career and Graduate Study Options

Students with a degree in Equine Management can work as professional riders, trainers, assistant trainers; riding instructors for private stables, schools, or colleges; barn managers, stud farm managers, agents in feed, tack and pharmaceutical businesses; equine veterinary assistants or employees in equine publishing. Students with an Equine Management degree can also pursue a graduate degree in the equine or business field.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will have:

  • A solid background in business and equine courses appropriate to an equine management degree;
  • Specialized skills and knowledge necessary to be a skilled employee in the equine industry;
  • An understanding of the horse’s anatomy and how it relates to form and function;
  • The necessary knowledge to pass the written exam of the Massachusetts Riding Instructor’s Test;
  • Knowledge to develop nutritional plans for all types of horses;
  • To critically assess diseases and life threatening emergencies in the horse;
  • To collect information and write a concise research paper.


Health Provisions

  • Required: Tetanus toxoid booster within five years preceding admission to program.
  • Records must be on file in the College Health Center prior to class participation.
  • Because the Equine Management Program is physically strenuous and requires some heavy lifting (ca. 50 lbs.), students should be in good physical condition. Students unable to lift and physically exert themselves may have difficulty satisfying program requirements.
  • As part of the Equitation courses, students are required to participate in and become responsible for the daily maintenance and management of the horses and the stable facility.
  • Since students in animal science programs are as a matter of course exposed to the possibility of infection or injury, and must handle x-ray equipment and anesthetics, they should alert the Program Director and the Health Center about any condition that renders them immuno-suppressed and about pregnancy. For disclosure of such information, a physician’s letter is recommended.
  • Precautionary Note: Due to the inherently unpredictable behavior of animals, there is an element of assumed risk in all animal studies. A waiver of liability is required.

Additional Costs

  • Accident/health insurance coverage is required of all students.
  • Stable facility fees (see specific course descriptions).
  • Audit fees to off-campus instructional clinics.
  • Transportation fees to and from externship sites.
  • Meals at externship sites.
  • Riding Outfit: An approved riding helmet in accordance with the AHSA guidelines is mandatory. Chaps and paddock boots are acceptable along with fitted sweater or shirt. Britches and properly fitted boots are also appropriate.
  • Sturdy shoes or boots are required in the stable area and students should be equipped with cold weather and rain gear.

The Equitation Class fee for students who enroll in Equitation classes (EM 150-EM 158) is $550.00 per semester for the 2010-11 academic year.


OPTIONAL for Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors (0-12 credits)

III. Other Required Courses: (43 credits)

  • History Elective
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
  • Junior Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (“W” course)
  • Literature Elective

IV. Concentration or Open Electives: (12 credits)

Equine Management Concentration: EM335 Equine Systems and Disorders, EM330 Equine Internship, VT235 Equine Sports Massage Therapy, EM321 Large Animal Health Management.

Equine Facility Management Concentration: EM208 Methods of Riding Instruction I, EM308 Methods of Riding Instruction II, EM307 Selection and Judging of Horses, SM302 Facility Management.

V. Open Electives: (3 Credits)

Total Credits: (122-134)


All College Curriculum
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: Three (3) courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) Courses (the Junior Year Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
Oral: Two (2) courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Description.)

Third Year: (27-32 credits)

  • Junior Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 credits)
  • Two (2) Concentration Courses or Two (2) Open Electives (6 credits)

Fourth Year: (30-34 credits)

  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (3 credits)
  • History Elective (3 credits)
  • Open Elective (3 credits)
  • Two (2) Concentration Courses or Two (2) Open Elective Courses (6 credits)


*After the freshman year, riding classes are optional. Program-related electives (BA203, BA207, BA211, BA250, BA335, BA410).

Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees


A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of EM) in this major.

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