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Courses

The curriculum for the Equine Science courses was developed in consultation with many individuals representing various phases of the horse industry. Industry input is continually sought to insure that students receive the most up to date education to prepare them for careers in the horse industry.  A brief description of each class includes:

Introduction to Horse Production:  An overview of the basic fundamental aspects of horse production.  Topics include conformation/form to function, behavior/training, health, nutrition, reproduction and exercise physiology.  ANSC 109.

Horse Psychology and Training:  Hands-on study of the application of behavior to training young horses.  Students will be assigned horses based upon their experience levels. ANSC 213.

Equine Behavior Modification: Continuation of ANSC 2133. Students will be given a green two- year old to train in the fundamental maneuvers. These horses will then be marketed in an annual performance horse sale conducted by the students. ANSC 223.

Equine Evaluation:  Study of the principles of evaluating and marketing horses.  Topics include conformation, evaluation of performance, and marketing.  ANSC 305.

Equine Exercise Physiology and Conditioning:  A scientific study of the physiological effects of exercise and conditioning.  Topics include bioenergetics, muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, and skeletal responses.  Recognition and rehabilitation of injuries will also be examined.  ANSC 325.

Principles of Equine Reproduction:  Application of the fundamental concepts of equine reproduction.  Topics include reproductive physiology and anatomy of the mare and stallion, sexual behavior, semen collection, semen evaluation, artificial insemination, pregnancy detection, and foaling.  Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in all phases of horse breeding. ANSC 310.

Horse Nutrition: Detailed examination of the digestive system and nutritional requirements of the horse. Topics include digestive physiology and anatomy, digestive processes, nutrient requirements, feedstuffs, and management. Health care is also presented. ANSC 324.

Equine Assisted Therapy:  Study and application of the utilization of the horse in therapy programs.  Guidelines from the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association.  ANSC 330. Go to www.tarleton.edu/treat for more information.

Horse Enterprise Management:  Study of the application of business principles to the horse industry.  Topics include marketing, finances, taxes, record keeping, and management philosophies.  Students will prepare a complete business plan.  ANSC 430.

Internship:  Formally arranged and approved on-the-job training with a cooperative sponsor in the horse industry for twelve to sixteen weeks.  Student will prepare both a written and oral report on the internship.  Employer will also report on the student.  ANSC 484.

Horse Sale Management: A direct, focused examination of conducting a horse sale. Lectures will cover the business, legal, and ethical aspects of horse sales. Students will also fit University horses for the Annual Production Sale, prepare the catalog, and work the actual sale. ANSC 490

Stock Horse Equitation: Hands-on study of the basic maneuvers involved in showing the Stock Horse. Students must provide their own horse and tack. ANSC 490.