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Equine Business

Curriculum Description

This curriculum is designed to prepare students for positions within the horse industry. The curriculum is management oriented, preparing graduates for the widest range of available equine jobs; areas of specialization may be pursued during the internship. Course work includes farm management, breeding, nutrition, selection/judging, and health. Training, teaching, and riding are also included. Students are assigned a horse and practice day-to-day management at an equine facility. Graduates should qualify for jobs with many different types of equine operations: grooms to assistant managers; private to recreational and racing barns; breed to discipline-oriented farms.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the innate behaviors in equine.
  • Explain common illness/injury and the proper treatment for each.
  • Identify the essential vitamins and minerals and their roles in equine development and nutrition.
  • Identify careers in the equine industry and industry recognized associations, memberships, and certifications.

After Graduation

Graduates qualify for a variety of jobs such as:

  • Equine related industry
  • Self-employment
  • Transferability to higher education

Contact for information

Business Sciences
Business Sciences
Office: 828-395-1670
Fax: 828-286-8335
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Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.

Kim Wawzysko
Director of Equine and Agribusiness Sciences