Equine Studies Major: Equine Industry and Management Option (B.S.)


Beginning in the 2022/23 academic year (Spring 2023), the Equine Studies Major: Equine Industry and Management option will no longer be accepting new students. Current students will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate.

This option is designed for:

  • Students interested in a traditional equine career, such as riding instruction, training, or stable management.
  • Students interested in a career in equine business, such as competition management, sales, marketing, or equine business management.

Courses for this option include business classes and hands-on equine classes, such as teaching, training, stable management, and facility management.

In addition to the standard core courses for all Equine Studies majors, students in Equine Management take courses in anatomy and physiology, agricultural business management, nutrition, and forages.  Students then select 20 approved credits to allow them to focus in the areas most relevant to their desired career.  Those courses may include classes in equipment and facility management, equine training, riding instruction, equine conformation, animal behavior, accounting, and marketing.

A minimum grade of C-minus or better must be earned in all Equine Studies courses required by the major.

Core Equine Studies Requirements
ANSC 411Freshman Seminar in Equine Science1
ANSC 437Equine Husbandry Techniques4
ANSC 504Equine Physiology4
ANSC 522Intermediate Horsemanship Theory3
or ANSC 405 Theory of Horsemanship
ANSC 547Equine Stable Management3
ANSC 665Principles of Horse Trials Management 12
ANSC 600Field Experience 11-4
ANSC 612Genetics of Animals4
or GEN 604 Principles of Genetics
ANSC 796Equine Senior Seminar2
ANSC 725Equine Sports Medicine4
ANSC 797Equine Capstone Experience4
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
ENGL 501Introduction to Creative Nonfiction4
or ENGL 419 How to Read Anything
or ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing
or ENGL 503 Persuasive Writing
or ANSC 543 Technical Writing in Animal Sciences
EREC 411Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives4
or ECON 402 Principles of Economics (Micro)
Industry and Management Requirements
AAS 432Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management3
ANSC 511
ANSC 512
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology 1
ANSC 546Animal Business Applications4
ANSC 548Agricultural Business Management4
or ANSC 635 Nonprofit Management for Agriculture Business
ANSC 609Principles of Animal Nutrition 14
ANSC 724Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination4
or ANSC 701 Physiology of Reproduction
or ANSC 750 Collaborative Farm Design and Development
or BMS 718 Mammalian Physiology
Industry and Management Electives: Choose 20 credits from the following:
AAS 434Equipment and Facilities Management3
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ANSC 426Equine Conformation and Lameness4
ANSC 500Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies4
ANSC 507Survey of Equine Training Techniques3
ANSC 536Preparation and Competition Techniques for the Modern Sport Horse4
ANSC 538Equine Handling/Longeing1
ANSC 602Animal Rights and Societal Issues4
ANSC 640Principles of Riding Instruction4
ANSC 641Principles of Dressage Instruction2
ANSC 642Principles of Jumping Instruction2
ANSC 643Principles of Therapeutic Riding Instruction4
ANSC 695Supervised Teaching Experience1-2
ANSC 701Physiology of Reproduction4
ANSC 750Collaborative Farm Design and Development4
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching4
MGT 535Organizational Behavior4
MKTG 530Survey of Marketing4
PSYC 720Animal Cognition4
SML 560Sport Psychology4
SML 565Principles of Coaching4
ZOOL 613Animal Behavior5

Waived for TSAS equine management graduates

Sample Student Schedule by Semester - Equine Industry and Management

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ANSC 402 Horsemanship Lab 1
ANSC 411 Freshman Seminar in Equine Science 1
ANSC 437 Equine Husbandry Techniques 4
ANSC 522 Intermediate Horsemanship Theory 3
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
ANSC 426 Equine Conformation and Lameness 4
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
Second Year
AAS 432 Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management 3
ANSC 511 Anatomy and Physiology 4
ANSC 546 Animal Business Applications 4
ANSC 547 Equine Stable Management 3
AAS 434 Equipment and Facilities Management (Elective) 3
ANSC 512 Anatomy and Physiology 4
ANSC 536 Preparation and Competition Techniques for the Modern Sport Horse 4
ANSC 548 Agricultural Business Management 4
EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives 4
Third Year
ANSC 504 Equine Physiology 4
ANSC 612 Genetics of Animals 4
ANSC 640 Principles of Riding Instruction (Elective) 4
ANSC 665 Principles of Horse Trials Management 2
Discovery Course 4
ANSC 641
ANSC 642
Principles of Dressage Instruction
and Principles of Jumping Instruction
ENGL 501 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction 4
Discovery Course 4
ANSC Writing Intensive 4
ANSC 600
Field Experience
or Investigations
Fourth Year
ANSC 507 Survey of Equine Training Techniques 3
ANSC 538 Equine Handling/Longeing 1
ANSC 609 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4
ANSC 725 Equine Sports Medicine 4
ANSC 796 Equine Senior Seminar 2
Discovery Course 4
ANSC 724 Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination 4
ANSC 797 Equine Capstone Experience 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective 4
 Total Credits135-138

All students who graduate from the B.S. in Equine Studies program will be able to:

  • Identify, explain, and demonstrate safe, effective, and humane equine handling and stable management skills.
  • Identify, explain, and demonstrate equine health management practices and basic equine first aid.
  • Explain guidelines for equine nutrition, feeding, and parasite management.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency with English tack, boots, bandages, and blankets.
  • Demonstrate safe, competent longeing technique using a trained horse.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of riding practices in equestrian sport.
  • Communicate effectively, in written and verbal form, about professional topics in the equine industry.

Equine Industry & Management option:

  • Analyze and identify both ideal conformation and movement faults as related to equine form and function.
  • Demonstrate advanced handling, grooming, and longeing skills, beyond those required of all equine studies majors.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of veterinary care beyond the basic level required of all equine studies majors, and demonstrate application of this knowledge to real-world emergency and management situations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of management practices for riding arenas, horse trailers, and large equipment.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of key elements in equine business planning, management, and development.