Equine Science
 
ERID 100-EQUITATION I
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Introduction to stock seat, hunt seat, dressage, saddle seat, lunging, long lining and driving following AHSA and AQHA guidelines. Basics of grooming, saddling, bits, safety, and tack identification.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 30 contact hours of riding), fall semester
 
ERID 101-EQUITATION II
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Emphasis placed on the student becoming in balance with the horse at all gaits, proficiency with transitions, adeptness in riding correct circles and the awareness of the body and its purpose in cueing a horse. This is a prerequisite for ERID 250. Prerequisite: "C" or better in ERID 100
1 credit (2 laboratory hours), spring semester
 
ERID 110-HUNT SEAT EQUITATION
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Development and advancement of basic Hunt Seat riding skills with particular attention to use of natural aids and methods of instruction. Prerequisite: ERID 100 with grade of C or better or permission of instructor
1 credit (30 contact hours of riding), spring semester
 
ERID 200-WESTERN RIDING
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Development and advancement of basic riding skills of the stock seat involving the horse and rider working as a team with particular attention to the development of a light set of hands and a balanced seat for the rider.
Prerequisite: ERID 100 with a "C" grade or better or permission of instructor
1 credit (2 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ERID 210-ENGLISH DRESSAGE
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Development and practice of the horse and rider in the basic schooled riding techniques.
Prerequisite: ERID 100 with a C or better and either English or Western Riding with a C or better or by permission of instructor
2 credits (1 lecture hour, 30 contact hours of riding), spring semester
 
ERID 220- WESTERN DRESSAGE
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Advanced training of the western horse and rider. Techniques in applied headsets and the development in total horse performance.
Prerequisites: ERID 100 Equitation I with a C or better and ERID 200 Western Riding with a "C" grade or better, or by permission of instructor.
2 credits (1 lecture hour, 30 contact hours of riding), spring semester
 
ERID 230-INTERMEDIATE TRAINING OF HUNTERS AND JUMPERS
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An exploration of English riding techniques to train the young, spoiled or difficult horse on the flat and over fences. Functions and applications of cavaletti and gymnastics; the systematic progression in training from cavaletti and through jumping lines, more difficult obstacles, full courses and cross country work. Procedures for marketing the jumping horse and showing it in competitive situations.
Prerequisites: ERID 200 with grade of "C" or better and ERID 110 with a grade of "B" or better
2 credits (4-6 laboratory hours), spring semester
 
ERID 250-BREAKING AND TRAINING
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The training of young, unbroken horses. Emphasis on the techniques to break and train these horses to ride or drive. Students are also responsible for the complete care of both the horses and the training facility.
Prerequisites: ERID 101 ("C" or better) , ESCI 130 or permission of instructor, ESCI 150, ESCI 151
3 credits (1 lecture hour/week, total of 60 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ERID 255-INTERMEDIATE BREAKING AND TRAINING
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The training of young horses utilizing techniques learned in ERID 250 as well as advanced techniques. Management of young horses, record keeping, health care and stable management are emphasized.
Prerequisite: ERID 250 with minimum grade of "B" and permission of instructor
2 credits (6 laboratory hours/week for 15 weeks) , spring semester
 
ERID 300-ADVANCED EQUINE SPECIALIZATION I
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Advanced principles and practices of breaking and training including: halter and saddle breaking, lunging through the walk, trot and lope gaits, riding in an independent manner among other horses, biting and overall preparation for the intermediate level of training.
Prerequisite: ERID 100, 101, 200, 220, 250, and ESCI 130.
4 credits (1 lecture hour and 9 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ERID 330-EQUINE INSTRUCTION METHODOLOGY
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A study of effective teaching techniques relating to equine riding and driving courses with consideration of the physical and psychological factors involved. Appropriate class preparation, teaching methods and student evaluation will be covered. Opportunities for observation, assisting and teaching experience.
Prerequisite: matriculated student enrolled in Bachelor of Technology degree offering in equine science.
1 credit (1 lecture hour, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ERID 350-ADVANCED EQUINE SPECIALIZATION II
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The horse will be brought to its best possible level of performance. An analysis of the horses' physical and mental capabilities will be used to develop them to their fullest. Horses may be prepared for competition and exhibitions. The management of groups of competitive show horses will be taught. In some options, students will participate in the instruction of underclassmen.
Prerequisite: ERID 300 or ESCI 320 and 340
4 credits (1 lecture hour and 4 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ERID 400-ADVANCED EQUINE SPECIALIZATION III
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This is the third course in a three-course sequence designed to enhance the students riding and training skills in hunt seat or stock seat riding. Designed to utilize the skills taught in ERID 300 and 350, this course is advanced training techniques to the green broke, competitive show horse. This course focuses more on the student's own managerial abilities, and students assist in teaching students at the freshman and sophomore levels.
Prerequisite: ERID 350
4 credits (1 lecture hour, 9 laboratory hours), spring semester
 
ESCI 110-EQUINE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
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The anatomy and physiology of horses' body systems: skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, endrocrinological, digestive, and reproductive systems.
3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester
 
ESCI 120-EQUINE BREEDING
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Anatomy and physiology related to the functional performance of the male and female reproductive systems. Processes involved with the formation of sperm and ova; estrous cycle of the horse; methods of semen collection and insemination. Breeding problems and the importance of selection and management. Basic genetics applicable to the improvement of horses, color genetics and inherited abnormalities.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), spring semester
 
ESCI 130-EQUINE AND STABLE MANAGEMENT
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Lecture subjects include general knowledge and observation of horse health, e.g., condition, dentistry, internal and external parasites, limb and hoof care, and shoeing and trimming, as well as stable management and employee success. Laboratory skills include clipping, braiding, leg wraps, basic restraints, equipment applications, hoof trimming and shoeing, and fitting and showmanship.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ESCI 140-EQUINE JUDGING
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Evaluating and placing conformation and performance classes of various breeds of horses. Evaluation through written and oral reasons, using correct terminology. Suggested for candidates for the college horse judging teams.
2 credits (1 lecture hour, one 2-hour laboratory), spring semester
 
ESCI 150-FARM PRACTICUM I-EQUINE
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Hands-on practical experience in stable, farm and track management. Mucking, grooming, feeding, general maintenance of arena, paddocks, stable, and track.
2 credit (3 hours per day, 7 days per week for 2 2- week sections), fall semester
 
ESCI 151-FARM PRACTICUM II-EQUINE
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Hands-on practical experience in stable and farm management as well as supervising work details and management of horses.
2 credit (3 hours per day, 7 days per week for 2 2-week sections), fall semester
 
ESCI 170-DRAFT AND DRIVING HORSE MANAGEMENT
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Lecture topics emphasize a survey of today's industry, breeds, history, conformation, principles of harnessing and hitching, and management of draft horses. Also included are showing procedures, breeding, foaling and training. Laboratory consists of hands-on experience in the handling, harnessing, hitching, driving, care and management of draft and driving horses.
2 credits (1 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours), spring semester
 
ESCI 210-EQUINE NUTRITION
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Functions and properties of nutrients, the digestive system of the horse as compared to simple stomached animals and ruminants, the effects of proper nutrition on horses of different ages and levels of exercise. Labs on the composition and nutritive value of feeds, the use of feeding standards in balancing rations and forage and concentrate identification. Yearly feed costs under set conditions.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, one 2-hour laboratory), fall semester
 
ESCI 212-EQUINE HEALTH & LAMENESS
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Emphasis on etiology, diagnosis and treatment of lameness. Metabolic, bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases of the horse.
Prerequisite: ESCI 110
3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester
 
ESCI 215-EQUINE FARM MANAGEMENT
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Basic management principles affecting the operation of an equine farm business. Topics include asset valuation, calculation of inventory, stable construction, cost estimation, balance sheets, records for income and expenses, income statements, farm labor, farm finance, contracts and agreements, and the analysis of the equine business.
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ESCI 225-EQUINE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION
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The artificial insemination of horses. Topics and competencies include A-V types and preparation, stallion collection, semen evaluation, teasing and mare preparation, and insemination techniques.
Prerequisite: ESCI 120 Horse Breeding
1 credit (2 laboratory hours), spring semester
 
ESCI 235-FITTING AND MARKETING OF THE EQUINE
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The fitting and marketing of various breeds of horses. Topics include records, pedigree evaluation. Actual experience in the sales preparation of horses and mechanics of sales operation through direct participation in annual fall college standardbred auction. 1 credit (3 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ESCI 300-INTERNSHIP IN EQUINE SCIENCE
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Work in an approved job in the equine industry. Comprehensive written report required at end of work period. Employer and staff evaluation upon completion of internship. Prerequisite: Completion of one semester in Equine Science and permission of staff
4 credits (12-week 480-hour minimum), fall or spring semester
 
ESCI 310-APPLIED EQUINE NUTRITION
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Review of basic nutrition principles. Application of theoretical principles of nutrition as applied to feeding groups of horses. Ration balancing for different classes of horses combined with feeding trials to assess ration efficiency. Emphasis on feeding for growth and performance within economic parameters. Avoidance of metabolic and nutritional disorders. Discussion of nutrient metabolism and biochemistry of nutrition. Labs on ration balancing, group feeding, performance analysis relating to rations. Prerequisites: ESCI 210, ESCI 110
3 credits (2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ESCI 315-EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
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Content will emphasize equine enterprise management. Topics to include equine inventories, measurement and cost determination of enterprise inputs, employer labor responsibilities, employee evaluation, contractual and billing procedures, insurance, facility evaluation and work reports.
Prerequisite or corequisite: ERID-ESTB 300 or ESCI 320-340
3 credits (3 lecture hours)
 
ESCI 320-EQUINE YOUNG STOCK MANAGEMENT
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This course provides hands-on and management skills needed by working equine farm managers. It will include such skill areas as weaning foals, registered foals, young stock management, identification, record keeping and sales preparation of yearlings. The course will also deal with pre-breeding season techniques such as, semen evaluation in stallions and photoperiod regulation in mares.
Prerequisites: ESCI 120, ESCI 130, ESCI 110
1 credit (2 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ESCI 330-FARRIER SCIENCE
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This course is designed to teach students the science of trimming, shoeing and resetting shoes on a variety of horses, based on an understanding of the anatomy of the horse's hoof and lower leg structure. Students will learn to use a forge to make different shoes.
Prerequisite: ESCI 110, ESCI 130
2 credits (1 lecture hour, three laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ESCI 340-EQUINE PROMOTION AND SALES
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This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to get the "hands on" skills needed to prepare a horse for private of public sale. Discussions on the economics of public sales, bookkeeping procedures, forms needed, advertising, legal responsibilities of sales companies, buyer and owner interaction and auction variations among different breeds.
Prerequisite: ESCI 120, ESCI 130, ESCI 235
3 credits (1 lecture hour, 4 laboratory hours), fall semester
 
ESCI 400-ADVANCED EQUINE REPRODUCTION AND STUD MANAGEMENT
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This course is designed to provide an advanced level of management for breeding farm operations. It deals with the management of stallions, broodmares and foals and all related activities. A general knowledge of computers, record keeping, equine health, reproductive physiology and horse handling skills is needed prior to admittance. Prerequisite: ESCI 340, ESCI 320, ESCI 310, AGRO 310
4 credits (1 lecture hour, 9 laboratory hours), spring semester
 
ESCI 410-EQUINE EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
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This course will deal with technology and methodology of conditioning for horses used in sport. Emphasis will be placed on the state of fitness of the equine athlete and it's effect on the bodily systems.
Prerequisites: ESTB 350, ERID 350 2 credits
(2 lecture hours), spring semester
 
ESCI 420-EQUINE INTERNSHIP
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A supervised field work program in a selected equine field. Students will carry out a planned program of educational experiences, under the direct supervision of an owner, manager, supervisor, or educator. Students upon return will be required to submit a log with a written report and give an oral presentation. A student must complete 15 credit hours of academic study or the equivalent of supervised work (40 hours of supervised work is equal to one credit hour). A combination of academic study and work experience totaling 15 credit hours is acceptable. An international equine exchange program is acceptable and available in fulfilling this requirement. "Visiting student" status may be granted to students enrolled in other United States equine programs who wish to pursue an international exchange program.
15 credits, spring semester
 
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