Growth of the equine industry in the United States has created a demand for qualified personnel in all of its related fields. The associate degree program in equine studies is intended to provide basic, practical, and theoretical grounds from which students may directly enter their fields of interest.
This two-year program has two degrees that emphasize a practical approach. The equine riding degree assists students in learning riding, basic training, and horse handling skills, in addition to related management concepts. Students must make arrangements to have a finished horse to use for in and out of class work. Students completing the program may find employment in lesson barns, training stables, summer camps, breeding farms.
The equine training degree is for the more advanced rider and assists the students in learning to be a trainer. Taking a young horse with 60 days training and finishing it through the 4 semester sequence. Students completing this program may find employment in training stables at different levels.
Students taking classes that require horses are encouraged to bring their own horse with them to campus. The college does not own horses for students use. Students wanting to enroll in a riding class must fill out an Equine Studies Application and provide a riding video in order to be placed in a riding class and stable a horse on campus. Students housing horses at NWC Equine Center must be enrolled in the appropriate Horse and Stall Care class and a riding class.
Both of the associate of applied science degrees have been designed to meet the sophisticated demands of today’s market.