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Course Description
EQS 105 Principles of Equine Science: Breeds, colors and markings; horse selection; basic conformation; form to function; structures of the hoof; footfall sequences; vision, managed health program; nutrition principles and management practices.
EQS 120 Equine Anatomy and Physiology: Study of structure and function of the equine. Includes cell structure, anatomy and physiology of major systems with emphasis on skeletal, muscular, and digestive systems. Incorporates detailed discussion and identification of various anatomical parts.
EQS 130 Equine Business and Law: Practices and records used in the equine business. Includes record keeping systems and basic accounting principles; taxes; personnel management practices; computer programs for record keeping and operations management. Addresses legal aspects and laws unique to equine businesses.
EQS 140 Equine Behavior: Equine behavior modification using the horse’s natural behavior patterns. Emphasis on intelligence level, vision, emotions, hearing, and attention span of the horse. Prerequisites: EQS105 or permission of Department or Division.
EQS 162 Stable Management Techniques: Focus on developing ground handling skills in a real-life situation including work such as saddling, bridling, lunging, round penning, bathing, first aid care, feeding and other management aspects.
EQS 200 Principles of Equine Nutrition: Basic principles of equine nutrition and digestion. Proper selection, evaluation and utilization of feeds as well as the feeding and care of the equine in various stages of production, growth and performance. Emphasis on nutrient content and ration evaluation, general health and feed management. Identifies specific nutritional needs of each class of equine and formulates feeding programs based on these specific needs.
EQS 220 Equine Reproduction: Reproductive anatomy and physiology; care and management of the breeding stallion; breeding procedures and artificial insemination. Care of pregnant mare; foaling procedures.
EQS 225 Equine Health And Disease Management: Aspects of equine health and disease prevention. Emphasis on preventive maintenance. Preventive medicine and necessary managerial practices needed to keep the equine athlete, broodmare, or family horse in good health.
EQS 250 Equine Evaluation: Fundamental relationship between good conformation and ability of the horse to remain sound and useful. Includes basic skeletal structure, common blemishes and evidence of unsoundness. Breed conformation standards and performance events for the more common breeds.
EQS 264 Equine Management: Hands-on practice sessions devoted to good horsekeeping skills. Includes assessment of vital signs, methods of restraint, intermuscular injections, oral medications, leg wraps, leg sweats and poultice applications, body clipping and fitting sheets and blankets.
EQS 282 Special Events: Hands-on career track experience before, during and after a major equine event. Emphasis on event coordination and management issues.