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Equine Science Certification

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.

Tarleton State University offers an Equine Science Certification option, that requires 16 credits of core classes, and 6 credits of the elective classes listed below. This option is available to all majors.

Required Core Class (16 Credits)

Introduction to Horse Production: ANSC 1309; 3 credits. An overview of the basic fundamental aspects of horse production. Topics include conformation/form to function, behavior/training, health, nutrition, reproduction and exercise physiology.

Introduction to Horse Management: ANSC 1310; 3 credits. An introduction to fundamental aspects of horse management, including the status of the equine industry. Other topics include functional anatomy, locomotion, identification, equine behavior in relation to modification to training, health care management and stable management.

*Equine Nutrition: ANSC 3324; 3 credits. 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. Prerequisite: ANSC 1309, CHEM 1412 or equivalent, BIOL 1406 or equivalent.

*Equine Reproduction: ANSC 3410; 4 credits. 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. Prerequisite: ANSC 1309 or equivalent, ANSC 4330 or equivalent.

Equine Enterprises: ANSC 4330; 3 credits. Individualized instruction in management techniques for horse enterprises. Record systems, marketing, and business operation procedures. Prerequisites: senior classification, ANSC 1309, and approval of instructor.

requires ANSC 4305 (3 credit-fall, spring) as pre-requisite. (All require ANSC 1309 & ANSC 1310, those students taking ANSC prior to Fall 2014, will be exempt from ANSC 1310 requirement)

Elective Classes (choose 6 credits of the following)

Some of these elective courses may only be offered once a year or on even/odd years, please consult your advisor.

Horse Handling Techniques: ANSC 2305; 3 credits. Skills development in basic horse handling and application of general principles of equine psychology and behavior. Students will be assigned a young horse to halter train for fundamental ground work. Requires instructor approval.

Beginning Horsemanship: ANSC 2303; 3 credits. Instruction and practice of basic horsemanship skills. Focus will be on the proper use of feet, seat, hands and legs to provide the horse with the correct stimulus to perform basic maneuvers.

Horse Psychology and Training: ANSC 2313; 3 credits. Hands-on study of the application of behavior to training young horses. Students will be assigned horses based upon their experience levels.

Equine Behavior Modification: ANSC 2325; 3 credits. Continuation of ANSC 2313. Application of the principles of equine psychology to train young horses. Students will be assigned a two- or three-year-old horse to train in the fundamental maneuvers of equitation. Students will prepare these horses to be marketed in an annual horse sale. The fundamentals of sale management will also be covered. Prerequisite: ANSC 1309, ANSC 2313.

Equine Evaluation: ANSC 3305; 3 credits. Comparative evaluation of horses for show and competition. Conformation analysis, judging, basic exercise physiology, conditioning, and sales preparation will be presented. Prerequisites: junior classification, ANSC 1309.

*Equine Exercise Physiology : ANSC 3325; 3 credits. 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. Prerequisites: Junior classification, ANSC 1309, ANSC 4305 or equivalent.

Introduction to Equine and Assisted Therapy: ANSC 3330; 3 credits. Study and application of the utilization of the horse in therapy programs, guidelines from the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. Students will gain practical experience in the development and conduct of an equine-assisted therapy program. Prerequisite: approval of department head. Go to for more information.

Stockhorse Techniques: ANSC 3350; 3 credits. Skills development in horsemanship and techniques related to western stockhorse events. Introduction to a variety of western stockhorse disciplines and rules and regulations specific to competitions. Prerequisite: ANSC 1309.

Horse Sale Management: ANSC 4390; 3 credits. Fundamentals of horse sale management. Topics include business strategies, marketing, personnel management, public relations, pedigree analysis, catalog development and sale preparation of horses. Prerequisites: junior classification and instructor approval.

Special Topics: ANSC 4386; 2-3 credits. Independent/group study focus of specialized areas of animal/equine science. Contact instructors directly for opportunities.

Admission: Students may apply for admission to the certification program after the completion of ANSC 1309 & 1310 with a B or higher.
Academic Requirements: Students must have a minimal overall GPA of 2.5 to apply. Students once accepted, would have to earn a B or higher in all certificate courses. If at any time, a student's GPA dropped below these levels, the student will be dropped from the certification program. Students have the option to re-take courses, but they will not receive the equine certification. Certification of completion will be awarded following graduation.