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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 [Archived Catalog]

Equine Studies Major (A.A.S.)


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Major code AA5017

Office of Regional Higher Education
Ohio University Southern
The Ohio Horse Park
400 Bobcat Lane
Franklin Furnace, OH 45629
Phone: 740.533.4600
Fax: 740.295.0031
askousc@ohio.edu
http://www.southern.ohio.edu

Kelly Hall, director of equine studies/contact person

Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science degree in equine studies has been designed to prepare students to seek enjoyment and employment as trained professionals in the horse industry. Our objective for this program is to provide each student the opportunity to develop skills and expertise in the areas of riding instruction, therapeutic riding, farm management and business, preanimal science, and preveterinary technology.

The equine studies degree will provide education and training to prepare students to enter the vast equine industry. The program offers core courses to form a solid foundation in the basics of equine studies. Students may then select from specialized tracks or concentrations to specifically tailor the program to their needs and interests. Courses combine lectures and laboratory work. Lectures are to inform the students of related equine information and skills with labs providing opportunities to apply the knowledge.

The program is located at the Ohio Horse Park, a 180 acre facility. The facility includes two indoor arenas, two outdoor arenas, and boarding for student horses. A student managed veterinary clinic is also part of the Ohio Horse Park. The Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding is a nationally accredited center serving the needs of the local community. Students actively instruct participants, evaluate and train horses, and work administratively to assist in managing the center.
 

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The position our graduates will be prepared to pursue will vary with the track the student chooses. Potential positions are stable manager, farm manager, riding instructor, equine secretary or records manager, equine sales and marketing agent, horse trainer or assistant trainer, equine journalist, horse show or event manager, horse show judge, national breed association representative, and equine photographer or artist.

A study of the current equine industry reveals the following information provided by the American Horse Council:

  • There are 9.2 million horses in the United States.
  • There are 4.6 million Americans involved in the horse industry (this figure does not include spectators).
  • The horse industry has a $39 billion direct impact on the United States annually.
  • The industry has a $102 billion impact on the United States economy.

Requirements

Technical Associate Degree Requirements


The minimum requirement for the Associate in Applied Business (A.A.B.) or the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is the completion of 60 credits with a 2.0 accumulative GPA upon graduation. A maximum of 15 credits earned through the experiential learning may be applied to any technical associate degree. You must earn a minimum of 18 semester credit hours while enrolled at Ohio University, and you must earn a minimum of 50 percent of coursework taken to fulfill your major concentration in residence with resident credit as defined in the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  section. You also must meet Ohio University General Education requirements for associate degrees. (See Graduation Requirements - Universitywide section)

To earn a technical associate’s degree, you must complete an Application for Update of Program(s), available from any college office or regional campus student services office.

Major Hours Requirement


The equine studies major requires a minimum of 60 hours.

Track A: Riding Instruction/Therapeutic Riding Instruction


Required Equine Courses


Equine Riding and Training Courses


 Complete the following courses:

Riding Instruction Courses


 Complete the following courses:

Riding Instruction Business Management


Complete the following course:

Elective Equine Requirements


Students completing the concentration in therapeutic riding, must complete EQU 2080 and EQU 2081. Complete 4 hours from the following courses:

Required General Requirements


Complete the following courses:

Elective General Requirements:


Complete at least 5 hours from the following courses:

Track B: Assistant Trainer


Required Equine Courses


Horse Selection, Training, and Care Courses


Complete the following courses:

Business and Farm Management


Complete the following courses:

Elective General Requirements


Complete 6 hours from the following courses:

Elective Equine Requirements


Complete 6 hours from the following courses:

Required General Requirements


Complete the following courses:

Track C: Farm Business and Management


Required Equine Courses


Equine Farm and Stable Management Courses


Complete the following courses:

Equine Health Care Courses


Complete the following courses:

Farm Managment Internship


Complete the following course:

Elective Equine Requirements


 Complete at least 4 hours from the following courses:

Required General Requirements


Complete the following courses:

Elective General Requirements:


Complete 9 hours from the following courses:

Track D: Preanimal Science/Preveterinary Technology


Required Equine Courses


Equine Health and Veterinary Science Courses


Complete the following courses:

Required General Requirements


Complete the following courses:

Elective General Courses


Complete 8 hours from the following courses:

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