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Course Descriptions

EQ102 RECREATIONAL HORSEBACK RIDING (1). This course is to introduce the beginner recreational/non- rider to the basics of horsemanship, horse handling, and safety around horses. By the end of the semester, the student should be able to catch, groom, perform ground work, saddle, mount/dismount, maintain proper riding position, ride at the walk and jog and maneuver the horse through a variety of patterns. The student will also be instructed on information about horses including basic behavior, parts of the horse, colors and markings, breeds, English and Western tack, bits, introduction to care and trailering safety. These course topics are intended to give the student a basic foundation for further study. Fee: $250.00.

EQ132 BEGINNER WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP (2). Beginner Western horsemanship is designed to introduce the rider to basic horsemanship skills focusing on seat position and usage of aids. The student will work with their horse through various exercises and patterns specific to the western horse. There will also be elements of horse handling, basic safety, and instruction on equipment used for western riding. By the end of the semester, the student should be able to catch, groom, perform ground work, saddle, mount/dismount, maintain proper riding position, ride at the walk and jog and maneuver the horse through a variety of patterns. These course topics are intended to give the student a basic foundation for the Advanced Western Horsemanship course.

EQ133 BEGINNER ENGLISH EQUITATION (2). Beginner English equitation is designed to introduce the rider to basic equitation skills focusing on seat position and usage of aids. The student will work with their horse on both hunt seat and dressage basics in various exercises and patterns. There will also be elements of horse handling, basic safety, and instruction on equipment used for English riding. By the end of the semester, the student should be able to catch, groom, perform ground work, saddle, mount/dismount, maintain proper riding position, ride at the walk, trot, and canter and maneuver the horse through a variety of patterns. These course topics are intended to give the student a basic foundation for the Advanced English Equitation course.

EQ285 EQUINE STUDIES PRACTICUM (1). The course provides students with the opportunity for hands-on experience in developing skills and learning techniques in areas such as equine anatomy and equine conformation. Topics are announced in the semester schedule. May be repeated when topics vary. Fee: $250.00.

EQ330 EQUINE SCIENCE (4). The purpose of this course is to give a fundamental overview of the horse industry. This class will prepare the student for further study in equine areas. Students will review the historical basis of the horse, assess the diversified nature of the modern horse industry in terms of national and international economic impact. Horse behavior, anatomy and physiology, nutritional needs, and topics on health will also be covered. Students will also be involved in hands on lab projects at the Equine Center. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.

EQ332 ADVANCED WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP (2). Advanced Western Horsemanship is designed to continue the study of elements from EQ132 and move on from basic maneuvering to a more challenging set of elements. In this course, students will gain more control working toward collection. Focus will be placed on quality of gaits, movement through and over obstacles, pattern work and consistency. A variety of events will be covered including western pleasure, trail, western riding, reining, showmanship and cattle events. Prerequisite: EQ132.

EQ333 ADVANCED ENGLISH EQUITATION (2). Advanced English Equitation is designed to continue the study of elements from EQ133 and move on from basic maneuvering to a more challenging set of elements. In this course, students will gain more control working toward collection. Focus will be placed on quality of gaits, movement through and over obstacles, pattern work and consistency. A variety of events will be covered including training level dressage, jumping, cross-country and hunter in hand. Prerequisite: EQ133.

EQ350 TOPICS IN EQUINE STUDIES (2). Provides opportunity for advanced study in various fields of equine studies. Possible topics include: Farm and Stable Management, Methods of Teaching Equitation Skills, Equine Medical Management, Equine Behavior and Training, Showmanship and Competition. Topics are announced in the class schedule. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: EQ330.

EQ470 EQUINE INTERNSHIP (1-4). A student initiated, designed, and executed occupational learning experience. On-the-job work experiences are integrated with educational objectives to give students an opportunity to broaden their learning experiences. Scope is as broad as student’s imagination. Coop arrangements are eligible for this credit. Course may be repeated. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

EQ480 RESEARCH PARTICIPATION (1-2). Student participation in a research project which is either part of a faculty member's ongoing research or of the student's own design. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

EQ485 EQUINE STUDIES PRACTICUM (1). This course provides students with the opportunity for hands-on experience in advanced equitation or advanced western horsemanship. Topics are announced in the semester schedule. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.