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Why not turn your passion for horses into a career?

Wouldn't you like to start your career with horses in the center of one of the most energized equestrian areas in the country? Would you like to be close to the action such as three competition venues, a nationally respected equine surgical hospital and some of the best horse farms around?

Tryon Horse Country has it all. Opportunities abound for hands on instruction. We can boast world class riders, horses, trainers and The Tryon International Equine Center. We have a multitude of recreational and commercial horse farms. We have 25 equine organizations. 

Historically, Polk County is the birthplace of the modern Equestrian Olympic team and as such, has a long record of attracting the country’s best trainers and riders. Today, equine professionals settle here for the year round climate, good footing, excellent industry infrastructure (noted vets, farriers, equine construction, two equine ambulances and nationally rated shows). We are on the north-south corridor for competition schedules.  

Equine Programs

Faculty: Elizabeth Mann, Allison Rhyne

Introduction to Equine Management Level l
This course will introduce students to horse handling, horse behavior and basic care. This class is a prerequisite for Equine Management Level ll. This class takes regular field trips to barn locations in the greater foothills area. 

*Financial aid opportunities may be available for qualifying students, contact (828) 894-3092 for more information.

#59959
Mon/Wed, 1-5 PM 
March 10-17
Polk Center, Room 112, $70

Equine Management Level ll
This flagship 40-hour course focuses on important horse equine management skills including: stable management, basic first aid, nutrition, and anatomy and physiology. This course is geared to horse care workers and horse owners with some experience who desire to have a deeper more comprehensive knowledge of the horse and working with horses. Training will combine lecture and hands-on learning in the barn. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Equine management l. This class takes regular field trips to barn locations in the greater foothills area. 

*Financial aid opportunities may be available for qualifying students, contact (828) 894-3092 for more information.

#59960
Mon/Wed, 1-5 PM
March 31 - May 5
Polk Center, Room 112, $125

Advanced Equine Management Level lll
This course offers a more in-depth study of stable management, first aid, nutrition, and grooming. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Equine management Level l and Equine Management Level ll. This class takes regular field trips to barn locations in the greater foothills area.

*Financial aid opportunities may be available for qualifying students, contact (828) 894-3092 for more information

*Dates are TBD

Introduction To Equine Assisted Activities And Therapies (EAAT)
This course introduces a variety of equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) used to benefit persons with disabilities. The class will provide an overview of activities and therapies such as therapeutic horseback riding, Hippotherapy, therapeutic driving, and equine facilitated therapies. The history of equine assisted therapy, an overview of common physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities, careers with equine assisted activities and information on therapeutic riding instructor certification will be presented. The class combines classroom lecture with hands-on experience at a barn facility. Students will receive volunteer training by assisting in a therapeutic horsemanship class.
Next classes:   Summer 2021

 

Limited financial aid is available to qualified students.

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Contact for information

Polk Campus
Polk Campus

Fax: 828-894-3095
Department Directory

Office hours

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

Subject to change depending on availability.

Karen Marshall
Human Resources Development/Polk Center Coordinator
kmarshall@isothermal.edu
828-395-1163