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Equine Studies Program


Jim Knight

(208) 732-6414

Program Overview

This program prepares students to work in many aspects of the horse industry and it prepares students for managing their own horses. This program will equip the student with a solid foundation in horse health, anatomy, breeding and nutrition and other topics vital to employment in today’s equine industry.

Admission Requirements

There are specific requirements for enrollment in our career technical programs.  Students should be familiar with demands of a particular occupation and how that occupation matches with their individual career interests and goals. The specific requirements are established by the technical program.  A student who does not meet the established requirements for entrance into a program will have an opportunity to participate in the appropriate level courses to improve their skills for program consideration.  The program requirements and admission procedures can be obtained by contacting the program advisor.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Equine program, a student will be able to:

  1. Classify, evaluate, select, and manage horses based on anatomical and physiological characteristics.
  2. Evaluate a horse’s body condition and identify the common causes of unsoundness and possible treatments.
  3. Identify the bones and muscles of the horse and their location and insertion points.
  4. Explain the scientific principles of equine reproduction and the process of fetal development.
  5. Provide the proper health care for horses including disease prevention and minor treatment procedures.
  6. Apply principles of horse nutrition to ensure the proper growth, development, reproduction and economic production of horses.
  7. Apply principles of business including management, marketing, tax issues, contracts, and insurance.

Sample Career Opportunities:

  • Animals Trainers

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices

Gainful Employment

The following majors are included in this program:

This information provided in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about Gainful Employment can be found at