Ohio University

Associates in Equine Studies

Students can build the necessary skills to enter the vast and multi-faceted equine industry by completing the Equine Studies Program. Employers are seeking equestrian employees who have academic credentials and certifications. By enrolling online, students are increasing their technology skills and meeting the needs of the ever-expanding equine industry. In recent years, the equine industry has embraced technology in the areas of equipment development, pedigree and breeding tracking, barn management applications, advertising, equine sales, and many more. These are exciting developments for our students!

 

Associates in Equine Studies - Commercial Equine Business Management
The equine program offers core courses to form a solid foundation in the basics of equine studies. Students may then select from two tracks to specifically tailor the program to their needs and interests. The two tracks include Commercial Equine Business Management and Equine Studies.

The Commercial Equine Business Management track focuses on students seeking self-employment as well as traditional employment. Students will develop equine business skills in the areas of leadership, law, non-profit development, employee relationships, marketing, management, entrepreneurship, business communications, facility management, event management, as well as sound business practices. Basic business skills are essential for a successful career in the equine industry. The Commercial Equine Business Management Track is well rounded and includes computer, accounting, business, communications, and psychology courses. There are many employment opportunities for students completing the Commercial Equine Business Management Track.

 
 
 

Equine industry employment opportunities in the areas of:

  • Riding instruction
  • Equine-assisted activities instruction
  • Therapeutic horsemanship instruction
  • Equine rescues
  • Equine non-profit organizations
  • Tack and equipment sales
  • Social media, public relations, and graphic design
  • Events coordination
  • Competition and breed associations
  • College or University faculty
  • Professional horse show judging
  • Feed, supplies, or pharmaceutical sales
  • Professional horse training
  • Boarding facilities
  • Equine journals and publications
Equine Studies Ohio University Southern

 

Required for all EQU students:

General Education: (12-13 hrs.)

ENG 1510: Writing and Rhetoric I- 3 hrs.

Tier I MATH- 3-4 hrs.

COMS 1030: Fundamentals of Public Speaking- 3 hrs.

PSY 1010: General Psychology- 3hrs.


Core Content: (11 hrs.)

EQU 1000: Introduction to Equines- 2 hrs.

EQU 2000: Equine Industry Career/Leadership Development- 3 hrs.

EQU 2020: Equine Behavior and Welfare Issues- 3 hrs.

EQU 2036: Equine Management- 3 hrs.

Pick ONE track from:

Track #1: Commercial Equine Business Management Track

Track Core: (21 hrs.)

EQU 2033: Introduction to Economics for the Equine Business Owner/Manager- 3 hrs.

EQU 2034: Equine Marketing- 3 hrs.

EQU 2035: The Modern Equine Industry and the Impact of Technology- 3 hrs.

EQU 2037: Equine Business Management- 3 hrs.

EQU 2043: Equine Event Management- 3 hrs.

EQU 2082: Development and Management of the Equine Non-profit Organization- 3hrs.

EQU 2083: Equine Law- 3 hrs.

General Education Unique to Commercial Equine Business Management Track: (15 hrs.)

ATCH 1030: Financial Accounting Procedures- 3 hrs.

ATCH 1040: Managerial Accounting Procedures- 3 hrs.

BMT 1100: Introduction to Management- 3 hrs.

BMT 2500: Practical Personnel Procedures- 3 hrs.

CTCH 1250: Introduction to Computers- 3 hrs.

*Electives: As needed to complete the minimum 60 hrs. for the degree.

*Students can complete a Tier 1 MATH with variable hours (i.e., 3-4 credit hours). If students complete the courses specified above and a Tier 1 MATH course that is 3 credit hours, they will need an additional credit hour to complete the minimum 60 credits required for the degree. This category provides students with more specific information regarding degree requirements.

Track #2: General Equine Studies Track (NEW)

Track Core: (4 hrs.)

EQU 1010: Basic Equine Health Care- 2 hrs.

EQU 1030: Practical Experiences in Equine Facilities Management I- 2 hrs.

General Equine Studies Track Electives: (34 hrs. from the three elective areas below)

Riding Instruction and Certification Electives

EQU 1060: Introduction to Western Riding- 2 hrs.

EQU 1061: Introduction to English Riding- 2 hrs.

EQU 1062: Equestrian Teaching Techniques- 2 hrs.

EQU 2062: Equestrian Teaching Techniques Practicum- 3 hrs.

EQU 2063: Evaluating and Training Horses- 3 hrs.

EQU 2080: Therapeutic Riding Overview and Instruction- 2 hrs.

Equine Business, Law, and Management Electives

EQU 2033: Introduction to Economics for the Equine Business Owner/Manager- 3 hrs.

EQU 2034: Equine Marketing- 3 hrs.

EQU 2035: The Modern Equine Industry and the Impact of Technology- 3 hrs.

EQU 2036: Equine Management- 3 hrs.

EQU 2037: Equine Business Management- 3 hrs.

EQU 2043: Equine Event Management- 3 hrs.

EQU 2082: Development and Management of the Equine Non-profit Organization- 3 hrs.

EQU 2083: Equine Law- 3 hrs.

Equine Electives

EQU 1070: Equine Nutrition- 3 hrs.

EQU 2001: Equine Evaluation and Judging- 3 hrs.

EQU 2071: Equine Anatomy and Physiology- 3 hrs.

EQU 2072: Equine Lameness and Conditioning- 3 hrs.

EQU 2073: Equine Reproduction- 3 hrs.

EQU 2910: Equine Internship- 1-3 hrs.

EQU 2990: Studies in Equine Issues- 1-3 hrs.

 

For more information contact:

Kelly Hall
Director, Equine Studies

740.533.4653

hallk@ohio.edu

 

Major code AA501
Patton College of Education

Ohio University Southern
1804 Liberty Avenue
Ironton, Ohio 45638