Equine Science, B.TECH., Major #1321

This degree offering focuses on developing and enhancing the management and horsemanship skills of students at all levels. As students progress through the degree, they will select one of the following options as a specialization: equine science and management (hunt seat, western, or draft concentration); breeding management;  racing  management  (harness racing or thoroughbred racing); equine rehabilitation and therapy; or equine business management. The program concludes with a semester of work internship or international exchange program in which students work in real-world businesses outside of the college to complete the degree requirements.

The strengths of the Equine Science Program are mainly twofold: first in the range of courses, which offers ample practical experience in handling horses and 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 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, four hot walkers, Eurociser, paddocks, and all of the associated equipment and supplies necessary for a suitable educational experience. The SUNY Morrisville Equine Rehabilitation Center (SUNY Morrisville ERC) facility includes a 22,000 square foot rehabilitation center building with classroom and administrative offices, a large rehabilitation treatment area, and ten stalls. Additionally, a 31-stall barn for Equine Rehab client over-flow, the Draft and Driving Horse Program, and a 140 by 300 foot indoor 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.

Faculty and staff have a broad range of industry experience, including licensure by the United States Trotting Association and/or New York State Racing and Wagering Board as trainers and/or drivers, certification for specific technical areas, and are carded judges for various breed organizations including AQHA, NRHA, APHA, ApHC, NSBA, and NRCHA. The college also has intercollegiate riding teams (hunt seat and western) and state-of-the-art equipment in all facets of the program.

All of the above provide for an industry-ready and quality equine education.

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.

  • Further develop and be able to evaluate 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.

  • Utilize an understanding of equine behavior and to develop trained responses in project horses.

  • Develop a balanced ration by evaluating potential feedstuff and utilize the principles of nutrition to meet the needs of horses that is commensurate with varied uses and workloads.

  • Apply the principles and techniques of modern equine reproduction and evaluate current breeding management practices to 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.

  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and implement a business plan for a small to moderate-sized horse establishment.

 Curriculum Requirements (All Options)

Course

Credits

AGBS 100 - Agriculture Economics

3

AGBS 240 - Farm Management & Finance

4

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

OR

ENSC 101 - Agriculture Science

3

ESCI 110 - Equine Anatomy & Physiology

3

ESCI 130 - Equine & Stable Management

3

ESCI 210 - Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 235 - Fitting & Marketing of the Equine

1

AGRO 310 - Pasture Management & Forest Production

3

AGSC 350 - Animal Genetics

3

ESCI 305 - Equine Reproduction & Breeding

3

ESCI 310 - Applied Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 315 - Equine Business Management

3

RREN 450 - Internship Orientation

1

ESCI 420 - Equine Internship

15

ACCT - Accounting as Advised

OR

AGBS 250 - Decision Making for Agricultural Managers

3

General Education Courses as Advised

12

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

3

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

COMP 310 - Technical Communications

3

BIOL or CHEM with Lab

4

MATH as Advised to meet SUNY GNED

3

CITA 101 - Principles of Computers & Applications

OR

OFFT 110 - Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

AND

OFFT 100 - Introduction to Work Processing Software

OR

OFFT 109 - Introduction to Presentation Software

2-3

Suggested Electives:

ERID 330 - Equine Instruction Methodology

1

ESCI 300 - Internship in Equine Science

4

ESCI 335 - Equine Aquatic Therapies

2

ESCI 380 - Equine Rehabilitation Therapies

3

ESCI 390 - Current Research in Rehabilitation

1

Equine Science & Management Option (123 Credits)

Course

Credits

ESCI 150 - Farm Practicum I (Equine)

2

ESCI 151 - Farm Practicum II (Equine)

2

ESCI 140 - Equine Judging

2

ERID 102 /104 - Western Equitation I (Int. or Adv.)

2

ERID 103/105 - Equitation II - Western Horsemanship (Int or Adv)

1

ERID 111/112 - Hunt Seat Equitation II (Int or Adv.)

1

ERID 250 - Breaking & Training

OR

ERID 240 - Introduction to Training of Hunters & Jumpers

3-4

ERID 255 - Intermediate Breaking & Training

OR

ERID 260 - Intermediate Training of Hunters & Jumpers

4

ESCI 405 - Problems & Diseases in Equine Rehabilitation

2

ESCI 410- Equine Exercise Physiology

2

ACCT 102 - Principles of Accounting II

3

AGBS 305 - Agriculture Financial Decision Making

2

AGBS 350 - Agriculture Business Development

3

AGBS 400 - Distribution & Marketing of Agricultural Products

4

AGEN 102 - Agricultural Equipment Operation

3

AGEN 105 - Principles of Farm Machinery

3

AGNR 400 - Instructional Assistance Experience

1-4

AGRO 201 - Field Crops

3

BIOL 285 - Microbiology

4

BSAD 104 - Organizational Behavior

3

BSAD 108 - Business Law I

3

BSAD 112 - Marketing

3

BSAD 212 - Principles of Finance in Management

3

BSAD 216 - Problems in Human Resource Management

BSAD 300 - Management Communications

3

ERID 300 - Advanced Equine Specialization I

4

ERID 350 - Advanced Equine Specialization II

4

ERID 400 - Advanced Equine Specialization III

4

Suggested Course Sequence

Year 1/Fall - 18 Credits

ESCI 130 - Equine & Stable Management

3

ESCI 150 - Farm Practicum I - (Equine)

2

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics (Equine)

3

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

3

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

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

ESCI 151 - Farm Practicum II (Equine)

2

ESCI 140 - Equine Judging

2

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

MATH 102 - Intermediate Algebra w/ Trigonometry

3

ERID 103/105 - Equitation II - Western Horsemanship

1

ERID 111/112 - Hunt Seat Equitation

1

Year 2/Fall - 17 Credits

ESCI 201 - Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 235 - Fitting & marketing of the Equine

1

AGBS 240 - Farm Management & Finance

4

Social Science General Education as Advised

3

ERID 240 - Introduction to the Training of Hunters & Jumpers

4

OFFT 110 - Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

1

OFFT 109 - Introduction to Presentation Software

1

Year 2/Spring - 16 Credits

ESCI 305 - Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management

3

ESCI 312 - Equine Health & Lameness

3

Social Science General Education Courses

6

ERID 260 - Int. Training of Hunters & Jumpers

4

Year 3/Fall - 13 Credits

AGRO 310 - Pasture Management & Forage Production

3

ESCI 310 - Applied Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 315 - Equine Business Management

3

ERID 300 - Advanced Equine Specialization

4

Year 3/Spring - 15 Credits

AGSC 350 - Animal Genetics

3

RREN 450 - Internship Orientation

1

BIOL 120 - General Biology I

4

ERID 350 - Advanced Equine Specialization II

4

SUNY General Education as Advised

3

Year 4/Fall - 14 credits

ACCT 101 - Principles of Accounting

3

COMP 310 - Advanced Technical Communication

3

ERID 400 - Advanced Equine Specialization III

4

BIOL 121 - General Biology II

4

Year 4/Fall - 15 Credits

ESCI 420 - Equine Internship

15

Equine Racing Management Option (121 Credits)

Course

Credits

ESTB 100 - Care & Training of the Race Horse I

5

ESTB 101 - Care & training of the Race Horse II

5

ESTB 210 - Advanced Equine Racing

4

ESTB 220 - Equine Racing Capstone

4

ESTB 300 - Advanced Equine Specialization I

4

ESTB 350 - Advanced Equine Specialization II

4

ESTB 400 - Advanced Equine Specialization III

4

Suggested Course Sequence

Year 1/ Fall - 17 Credits

ESCI 130 - Equine & Stable Management

3

ESTB 100 - Care & Training of the Racehorse I

5

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics (Equine)

3

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

3

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

3

Year 1/Spring - 15 Credits

ESCI 110 - Equine Anatomy & Physiology

3

ESTB 101 - Care & Training of the Racehorse II

5

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

MATH 102 - Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry

3

OFFT 110 - Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

1

Offt 109 - Introduction to Presentation Software

1

Year 2/Fall - 15 Credits

ESCI 210 - Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 235 - Fitting & Marketing of the Equine

1

AGBS 240 - Farm Management & Finance

4

Social Science General Education as Advised

3

ESTB 210 - Advanced Equine Racing

4

Year 2/Spring - 16 Credits

ESCI 305 - Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management

3

ESCI 312 - Equine Health & Lameness

3

Social Science General Education as Advised

6

ESTB 220 - Equine Racing Capstone

4

Year 3/Fall - 13 Credits

AGRO 310 - Pasture Management & Forage Production

3

ESCI 310 - Applied Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 315 - Equine Business Management

3

ESTB 300 - Advanced Equine Specialization I

4

Year 3/Spring - 15 Credits

AGSC 350 - Animal Genetics

3

RREN 450 - Internship Orientation

1

BIOL 120 - General Biology I

4

ESTB 350 - Advanced Equine Specialization II

4

SUNY General Education as Advised

3

Year4/Fall - 14 credits

ACCT 100 - Principles of Accounting

3

COMP 310 - Advanced Technical Communications

3

ESTB 400 - Advanced Equine Specialization III

4

Biology 121 - General Biology II

4

Year 4/Spring - 15 Credits

ESCI 420 - Equine Internship

15

Equine Business Management - 120 Credits

Course

Credits

ESCI 150 - Farm Practicum I (Equine)

2

ESCI 151 - Farm Practicum II (Equine)

2

ESCI 140 - Equine Judging

2

Upper Division Coursework as Advised from

AGBS, BSAD, CITA

12

Suggested Course Sequence

Year 1/Fall - 14 Credits

ESCI 130 - Equine & Stable Management

3

ESCI 150 - Farm Practicum I (equine)

3

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics (Equine)

3

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

3

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

3

Year 1/Spring - 17 Credits

ESCI 110 - Equine Anatomy & Physiology

3

ESCI 151 - Farm Practicum II (Equine)

3

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

MATH 102 - Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry

3

ESCI 140 - Equine Judging

2

Electives as Advised

4

Year 2/Fall - 13 Credits

ESCI 210 - Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 235 - Fitting and Marketing of the Equine

1

AGBS 240 - Farm Management & Finance

4

OFFT 110 - Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

1

OFFT 109/100 - Introduction to Presentation Software or Word Processing Software

1

Social Science General Education as Advised

3

Year 2/Spring - 15 Credits

ESCI 305 - Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management

3

ESCI 312 - Equine Health & Lameness

3

Social Science General Education as Advised

6

SUNY General Education as Advised

3

Year 3/Fall - 16 Credits

AGRO 310 - Pasture Management & Forage Production

3

ESCI 310 - Applied Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 315 - Equine Business Management

3

Upper Level Business Course as Advised

3

Electives as Advised

4

Year 3/Spring - 14 Credits

AGSC 350 - Animal Genetics

3

RREN 450 - Internship Orientation

1

BIOL 120 - General Biology I

4

Upper Level Business Courses as Advised

6

Year 4/Fall - 16 Credits

ACCT - Accounting as Advised

OR

AGBS 250 - Decision Making for Agricultural Managers

3

COMP 310 - Advanced Technical Communication

3

Upper Level Business Courses as Advised

3

BIOL 121 - General Biology II

4

Elective as Advised

3

Year 4/Spring - 15 Credits

ESCI 420 - Equine Internship

15

Breeding Management Option - 120 Credits

Course

Credits

ESCI 150 - Farm Practicum I

2

ESCI 151 - Farm Practicum II

2

ESCI 140 - Equine Judging

2

ERID 102 /104 - Western Equitation I (Int. or Adv.)

2

ERID 103/105 - Equitation II - Western Horsemanship (Int or Adv)

1

ERID 109/110 - Hunt Seat Equitation II (Int. or Adv.)

2

ERID 111/112 - Hunt Seat Equitation II (Int or Adv.)

1

ERID 250 - Breaking & Training

OR

ERID 240 - Introduction to Training of Hunters & Jumpers

3-4

ESCI 225 - Equine Artificial Insemination

1

ESCI 340 - Equine Promotion & Sales

3

ERID 350 - Advanced Equine Specialization II

4

ESCI 400 - Advanced Equine Reproduction & Stud Management

4

Electives as Advised

10-11

Select 12 hours from the following Courses

AGBS 305 - Agriculture Financial Decision Making

3

AGBS 350 - Agriculture Business Development

3

AGBS 400 - Agriculture Product Marketing & Distribution

4

AGBS 450 - Agriculture Policy & Development

3

AGBS 460 - International Agriculture Marketing

3

AGBS 405 - Capstone for Farm Manager

3

AGBS 480 - Retailing Agriculture Products

3

Suggested Course Sequence

Year 1/Fall - 18 Credits

ESCI 130 - Equine & Stable Management

3

ESCI 150 - Farm Practicum I (Equine)

2

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics (Equine)

3

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

3

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

3

ERID 102 /104 - Western Equitation I (Int. or Adv.)

2

ERID 109/110 - Hunt Seat Equitation II (Int. or Adv.)

2

Year 1/Spring - 15 Credits

ESCI 110 - Equine Anatomy & Physiology

3

ESCI 151 - Farm Practicum II (Equine)

2

ESCI 140 - Equine Judging

2

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

MATH 102 - Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry

3

ERID 103/105 - Equitation II - Western Horsemanship (Int or Adv)

1

ERID 111/112 - Hunt Seat Equitation II (Int or Adv.)

1

Year 2/Fall - 16 Credits

ESCI 210 - Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 235 - Fitting & marketing of the Equine

1

AGBS 240 - Farm Management & Finance

4

ERID 250 - Breaking & Training

3

OFFT 110 - Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

1

OFFT 109 - Introduction to Presentation Software

1

Social Science General Education as Advised

3

Year 2/Spring - 16 Credits

ESCI 305 - Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management

3

ESCI 312 - Equine Health & Lameness

3

ESCI 225 - Equine Artificial Insemination

1

Social Science General Education as Advised

6

SUNY General Education as Advised

3

Year 3/Fall - 13 Credits

AGRO 210 - Pasture Management & Forage Production

3

ESCI 310 - Applied Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 315 - Equine Business Management

3

ESCI 320 - Equine Youngstock Management

1

ESCI 340 - Equine Promotion & Sales

3

Year 3/Spring - 13 Credits

AGSC 350 - Animal Genetics

3

RREN 450 - Internship Orientation

1

BIOL 120 = General Biology I

4

ESCI 400 - Advanced Equine Reproduction & Stud Management

4

Elective as Advised

1

Year 4/Fall - 14 Credits

ACCT 101- Principles of Accounting

3

COMP 310 - Advanced Technical Communications

3

ERID 350 -Advanced Equine Specialization II

4

BIOL 121 - General Biology II

4

Year 4/Spring - 15 Credits

ESCI 240 - Equine Internship

15

Equine Rehabilitation & Therapy Option - 127 Credits

Course

Credits

ERID 102/104 - Western Equitation I (Int. or Adv.)

AND

ERID 109/110 -Hunt Seat Equitation (Int. or Adv.)

AND

ESCI 150 -Farm Practicum I- Equine

OR

ESTB 100 - Care and Training of the Racehorse

5-6

ERID 103/105 Equitation II – Western Horsemanship (Int. or Adv.)

AND

ERID 111/112 Hunt Seat Equitation II (Int. or Adv.)

AND

ESCI 151 Farm Practicum II Equine

OR

ESTB 101 Care and Training of the Race Horse II

4-5

ERID 250 Breaking and Training

OR

ERID 240 Introduction to Training of Hunters and Jumpers

OR

ESTB 210 Advanced Equine Racing

3-4

ERID 255 Intermediate Breaking and Training

OR

ERID 260 Int. Training of Hunters and Jumpers

OR

ESTB 220 Equine Racing Capstone

4

ESCI 335 - Equine Aquatic Therapies

2

ESCI 345 - Advanced Equine Anatomy for Equine Rehabilitation

2

ESCI 370 - Concepts for Diagnosis in Rehabilitation

1

ESCI 380 - Equine Rehabilitation Therapies

3

ESCI 405 - Problems & Diseases in Equine Rehabilitation

2

ESCI 430 - Clinical Application of Equine Rehabilitation

4

ESCI 140 - Equine Judging

2

ESCI 313 - Laboratory in Equine Health & Lameness

1

ESCI 410 - Equine Exercise Physiology

2

Suggested Course Sequence

Year 1/Fall - 18 Credits

ESCI 130 - Equine & Stable Management

3

ESCI 150 - Farm Practicum I (Equine)

2

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics (Equine)

3

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

3

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

3

ERID 102 /104 - Western Equitation I (Int. or Adv.)

2

ERID 109/110 - Hunt Seat Equitation II (Int. or Adv.)

2

Year 1/Spring - 15 Credits

ESCI 110 - Equine Anatomy & Physiology

3

ESCI 151 - Farm Practicum II (Equine)

2

ESCI 140 - Equine Judging

2

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

MATH 102 - Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry

3

ERID 103/105 - Equitation II - Western Horsemanship (Int or Adv)

1

ERID 111/112 - Hunt Seat Equitation II (Int or Adv.)

1

Year 2/Fall - 16 Credits

ESCI 210 - Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 235 - Fitting & marketing of the Equine

1

AGBS 240 - Farm Management & Finance

4

ERID 250 - Breaking & Training

3

OFFT 110 - Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

1

OFFT 109 - Introduction to Presentation Software

1

Social Science General Education as Advised

3

Year 2/Spring - 20 Credits

ESCI 305 - Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management

3

ESCI 312 - Equine Health & Lameness

3

ESCI 313- Laboratory in Equine health and Lameness

1

ERID 255 - Intermediate Breaking & Training

4

Social Science General Education as Advised

6

SUNY General Education as Advised

3

Year 3/Fall - 14 Credits

AGRO 210 - Pasture Management & Forage Production

3

ESCI 310 - Applied Equine Nutrition

3

ESCI 315 - Equine Business Management

3

ESCI 335 - Equine Aquatic Therapy

2

ESCI 345 - Advanced Equine Anatomy for Equine Rehabilitation

2

ESCI 370 - Concepts for Diagnosis in Rehabilitation

1

Year 3/Spring - 16 Credits

AGSC 350 - Animal Genetics

3

RREN 450 - Internship Orientation

1

BIOL 120 = General Biology I

4

ESCI 380 - Equine Rehabilitation Therapies

3

COMP 310 - Advanced Technical Communication

3

ESCI 410 - Equine Exercise Physiology

2

Year 4/Fall - 13 Credits

ACCT 101 - Principles of Accounting

3

ESCI 430 - Clinical Application of Equine Rehabilitation

4

BIOL 121 - General Biology II

4

ESCI 405 - Problems and Diseases in Equine Rehabilitation

2

Year 4/Spring - 15 Credits

ESCI 420 - Equine Internship

15