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Equine Science Minor

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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 25 to 27
The minor in equine science introduces students to the pertinent areas of management and production of the equine industry. Students learn core concepts of the equine industry, including training in reproduction, exercise physiology, nutrition, management of equine facilities, and rider instructor training.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Equine Science Minor Requirements
Required courses - 25 to 27 credits
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease (3.0 cr)
EQSC 1202 - Equine Evaluation (2.0 cr)
EQSC 2102 - Horse Production (4.0 cr)
EQSC 4102 - Equine Management (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
EQSC 1000 - Light Horse Driving (2.0 cr)
or EQSC 1100 - Western Equitation (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 1200 - Hunt Seat & Dressage Equitation (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 1300 - Saddle Seat Equitation (2.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
ANSC 3304 - Reproduction, AI, and Lactation (4.0 cr)
or EQSC 3305 - Equine Reproductive Techniques (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 3403 - Equine Exercise Physiology (3.0 cr)
 
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ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identification and use of feed grains, forages, supplemental feeds, and additives. Bushel weights, price, and cost per unit calculations. Moisture content calculations. Factors influencing feed quality, feed value, price, and storage. Digestion, ration formulation, and feed processing methods. prereq: 1004, high school chem or Chem 1001
ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Anatomy/physiology of several species. Organization of body from cells into tissues/organs. Identification, comparison, and contrast of different species. Growth development/function of selected bodily systems. prereq: 1004, Biol 1009
ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts of health and disease with emphasis on prevention through health plans and enhancing immunity. Influence of environment and other stressors on health and disease. prereq: 3203
EQSC 1202 - Equine Evaluation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conformation, breed characteristics, and type and their importance in evaluation. Performance evaluation, criteria, and scoring methods. Preparation and delivery of oral reasons.
EQSC 2102 - Horse Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of horse care. Equine nutrition, behavior, diseases. Hoof care. First aid, health care, disease prevention. Parasites. prereq: AnSc 1004
EQSC 4102 - Equine Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of horse management. Record keeping (traditional, computer based). Marketing, sales techniques. Legal aspects (e.g., contracts, zoning, liability, insurance). Management project that involves establishing, maintaining, improving an equine business. prereq: Econ 1101
EQSC 1000 - Light Horse Driving
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Types of driving vehicles and harness, including fine harness, heavy harness, and competitive driving. Hitching/driving the fine harness horse. Techniques for training the fine harness horse to drive. Negotiating obstacles while driving.
EQSC 1100 - Western Equitation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Grooming, handling, safety, identification of equipment, saddling, mounting, correct body position (equitation), cues and their proper use, various riding techniques. Focus on developing proper equitation skills and techniques for riding and showing.
EQSC 1200 - Hunt Seat & Dressage Equitation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Developing hunt seat skills and techniques, including how to ride a course of jumps. "Centered riding" techniques. Basic dressage maneuvers and riding lower-level dressage tests.
EQSC 1300 - Saddle Seat Equitation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Saddling, mounting, seat/hands, other saddle seat techniques. Developing equitation skills for saddle seat riding/showing. prereq: 1100 or 1200 or instructor consent
ANSC 3304 - Reproduction, AI, and Lactation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Functions of reproductive organs, fertilization, the estrous cycle and its endocrine control, reproductive efficiency and problems, principles of artificial insemination. Anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the mammary gland; mammary growth; initiation of and maintenance of lactation. Milk synthesis and factors influencing the lactation curve. prereq: 3203
EQSC 3305 - Equine Reproductive Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Breeding management practices/techniques. Gestation, fetal development, endocrinology, estrus manipulation, artificial insemination, embryo transfer, cooled and cryopreservation of semen, teasing, and foaling. Lab emphasizes skills required in equine industry. Lecture emphasizes reproductive theory. prereq: 2102, AnSc 3203, 3304 or instructor consent
EQSC 3403 - Equine Exercise Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and regulatory systems of the horse. Effect of work-related stress (mental and physical) using physiological measures and how the systems relate to one another; how various types of conditioning can affect the systems separately and as a whole. prereq: AnSc 3203, EqSc 2102