Equine Science & Management, A.A.S. , Major #0687

Equine Science and Management is a ThinkPad University curriculum in which the use of laptop computers is integrated into courses.

 The strengths of the Equine Science and Management program are mainly twofold: first in the range of courses, which offer practical experience in handling horses. The program provides the student with the opportunity to concentrate on breeding, training, nutrition, and management specifically with horses, rather than with a generalized group of livestock. The second strength of the program is the quality of the faculty, staff and facilities available to the student. The college has two new 100-foot by 200-foot indoor arenas, an 80-foot by 264-foot indoor riding arena, two 100-foot by 200-foot outdoor arenas, a half-mile racing track, three horse barns, a 34,000 square foot breeding and training facility, two hot walkers, Eurociser, paddocks, and all of the associated equipment and supplies necessary for a suitable educational experience. Additionally, there are more than 250 horses on site.

 The SUNY Morrisville Equine Rehabilitation Center (SUNY MorrisvilleERC) facility includes a 22,000 square foot rehabilitation center building with classroom and administrative offices, a large rehabilitation treatment area, and ten stalls. A 31-stall barn for the thoroughbred Racing Program and a 140 by 300 foot indoor riding arena are also located at this facility. Therapeutic modalities available at the Equine Rehabilitation Center include aquatic therapies (underwater treadmill, cold salt water spa therapy, indoor swimming  pool),  therapeutic  ultrasound, laser therapy (Class IIIB), cold compression therapy, solariums, and therapeutic exercises.

 SUNY Morrisville employs 14 full-time faculty and staff, with a wide range of professional experience, in the Equine Science program area. The curriculum provides for the development of skills including care and training of horses, riding, driving, breeding and business and stable management. Students who major in Equine Science have varied objectives. Many intend to pursue a career in some aspect of the horse industry, while others may take technical courses from other areas of study to expand their employment base.

 The career option prepares students to directly enter the industry upon graduation or to continue their equine education in one of the options in the bachelor of technology in Equine Science. The general option enables students to experience the horse industry while preparing for an allied field of employment. Both options are very flexible and can be developed based on individual interests and goals.

 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe procedures, sound judgment and critical thinking skills in human and horse interactions when handling on the ground, astride or driving.

  • Develop and/or recognize proper body position and effective use of seat, leg, hands and/or voice aids for ground-handling, riding or driving.

  • Conduct the necessary research, analysis, evaluation, and critical thinking skills required of equine management and demonstrate the ability to develop a well organized approach to address common problems related to equine training and management.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of equine behavior and how it relates to developing trained responses.

  • Understand the importance of providing a balanced ration and be able to apply principles of nutrition to meet the needs of horses that is commensurate with varied uses and workloads.

  • Understand the principles and techniques of modern equine reproduction and how utilization of sound breeding management practices can improve breeding efficiency.

  • Utilize a systematic method of evaluating conformation and observing performance to accurately gauge individual improvement and to make qualified comparisons between horses.

  • Develop and implement health management practices and skills to recognize signs of lameness and a fundamental understanding of treatment therapies.

  • Develop a positive, confident outlook and a responsible work ethic that is likely to attract success as an equine professional.

  • Develop sound ethical principles and judgment when dealing with employers, employees, and clients.

 Curriculum Requirements - 67 Credits

General Option  

Course

credits

AGBS 100 Agricultural Economics 

3

AGBS 240 Farm Management & Finance

4

AGRO 111 Soil Science

3

OR

ENSC 101 Agricultural Science

3

ESCI 110 Equine Anatomy and Physiology

3

ESCI 130 Equine and Stable Management

3

ESCI 140 Equine Judging

2

ESCI 150 Farm Practicum I (equine)

2

ESCI 151 Farm Practicum II (equine)

2

ESCI 210 Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 235 Fitting & Marketing of the Equine

1

ESCI 305 Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management

3

ESCI 312 Equine Health and Lameness

3

CITA 101 Principles of Computers Apps

3

OR

OFFT 100 Intro to Spreadsheet Software

1

AND

OFFT 100 Intro to Word Processing

1

OR

OFFT 109 Intro to Presentation Software

1

Basic Communication/Humanities as Advised

6

Additional General Education Courses

14

General Electives 

13

Career Option                                         

Career Option (to replace general elective credits):

course

credits

ERID 102/104 Western Equitation I Intermediate or  Advanced

2

ERID 109/110 Hunt Seat Equitation I  Intermediate or Advanced

2

ERID 103/105 Equitation II Western Horsemanship Intermediate or Advanced

1

ERID 111/112 Hunt Seat Equitation II Intermediate or Advanced

1

ERID 250 Breaking and Training

3

OR

ERID 240 Intro to Training of Hunters and Jumpers

4

ERID 210 English Dressage

2

OR

ERID 220 Western Dressage

2

ERID 200 Western Riding

1

One of the following:

ERID 255 Intermediate Breaking &Training

4

ESCI 170 Draft & Driving Horse Mgt

2

ESCI 225 Equine Artificial Insemination

1

ERID 260 Intermediate training of Hunters and Jumpers

4

Suggested Course Sequence – General Option

Course

Credits

Year 1/Fall - 17 Credits

ESCI 130 - Equine and Stable Management

3

ESCI 150 - Farm Practicum I

2

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

3

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

3

OR

 

 

ENSC 101 - Agricultural Science

3

Gen Ed English as Advised

3

Electives as Advised

3

Year 1/Spring - 15 Credits

ESCI 110 - Equine Anatomy & Physiology

3

ECI 151 - Farm Practicum II

2

ESCI 140 - Equine Judging

2

Gen Ed Basic Communication/Humanities as Advised

3

MATH - Mathematics as Advised

3

Electives as Advised

2

Year 2/Fall - 19-20 Credits

AGBS 240 - Farm management and Finance

4

ESCI 210 - Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 235 - Fitting and Marketing of Equine

3

CITA OFFT - Computer Literacy as Advised

2 or 3

HIST - As Advised (American, Western or World Civ

3

Electives as Advised

4

Year 2/Spring - 12 Credits

ESCI 305 - Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management

3

ESCI 312 - Equine Health and Lameness

3

Social Science as Advised

3

Electives as Advised

3

Suggested Course Sequence – Career Option

Course

Credits

Year 1/Fall - 18 Credits

ESCI 130 - Equine and Stable Management

3

ESCI 150 - Farm Practicum I

2

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

3

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

3

OR

 

 

ENSC 101 - Agricultural Science

3

Gen Ed English as Advised

3

ERID 102/104 - Western Equitation I

2

ERID 109/110 - Hunt Seat Equitation I

2

Year 1/Spring - 15 Credits

ESCI 110 - Equine Anatomy & Physiology

3

ECI 151 - Farm Practicum II

2

ESCI 140 - Equine Judging

2

Ged Ed Basic Communication/Humanities as Advised

3

MATH - Mathematics as Advised

3

ERID 103 105 - Equitation II – Western

1

ERID 111 112 - Hunt Seat Equitation II

1

Year 2/Fall - 19-10 Credits

AGBS 240 - Farm management and Finance

4

ESCI 210 - Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 235 - Fitting and Marketing of Equine

3

CITA or OFFT - Computer Literacy as Advised

2 or 3

HIST - As Advised (American, Western or World Civ)

3

ERID 250 - Breaking and Training

3

ERID 240 - Intro to Training Hunters and Jumpers

4

OR

 

 

ERID 200 - Western Riding

1

Year 2/Spring - 14017 Credits

ESCI 305 - Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management

3

ESCI 312 - Equine Health and Lameness

3

Social Science as Advised

3

ERID 210 - English Dressage

2

OR

 

 

ERID 220 - Western Dressage

2

ERID 255 or ERID 260 or ESCI 225

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