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Equine Science – Horse Management and Training (Certificate)

Department Chair/Program Coordinator Contact Information: 

Department Chair: Steve Keith, skeith@nctc.edu, (940) 668-4217

Program Advisor:   Bill Kaven, bkaven@nctc.edu, (940) 668-7731 x4318

 

North Central Texas College is located in the heart of the horse industry of North Texas. The horse industry is a highly diverse industry that supports a wide variety of activities in all regions of the country. Of the approximately 9.2 million horses in the US, nearly 1 million of those reside in Texas. The Equine Science program at NCTC offers a great deal of hands-on experience in training, breeding and management, as well as classroom instruction on the science and business aspects of the horse industry.

Students not only work within the program but directly with many of the outstanding professionals and facilities in the area thereby gaining important work experience and contacts within the industry. The diverse student population encompasses individuals from many levels of experience, disciplines, and background including international students that come to study in the program.

Classes focus on the specific needs of the student, whether that is to work for a top trainer or manage a horse training business as a sole proprietor. Students may pursue a certificate then if they chose migrate to an AAS degree as all courses in the certificate apply toward the AAS. Some of the careers available to graduates include Horse Trainer/Riding Instructor, Farm/Ranch Manager, Veterinary Technician, Bloodstock Agent, Extension Horse Specialist, and Pedigree Analyst.

Upon completion of the certificate:

  1. Graduates will be able to identify the major horse breeds and describe their characteristics.
  2. Graduates will be able to describe ideal, correct, and incorrect movement in performance horses.
  3. Graduates will be able to demonstrate correct and safe handling of horses.
  4. Graduates will be able to demonstrate a balanced seat and posture in all gaits
  5. Graduates will be able to recognize behavioral patterns and adapt training methods accordingly to individual horses.

Students pursing this certificate typically incur tuition and fee costs of $4,838.  Books and supplies constitute approximately an additional $1,050 across the entire degree.  Financing for this program may be available through scholarships, loans, and institutional financing plans. 

The program is designed to take 3 semesters to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.  This degree is completed completely face-to-face.

Certificate Requirements

First Semester

AGEQ 1411EQUINE SCIENCE I (HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT)

4 credit hours

AGEQ 1401EQUINE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING I

4 credit hours

AGRI 1309COMPUTERS IN AGRICULTURE

3 credit hours

AGEQ 1319HORSEMANSHIP I

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 1300ENGLISH EQUITATION I

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 1370LOCAL NEEDS - PRINCIPLES OF RANCH HORSE RIDING I

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:14

Second Semester

AGEQ 2310EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

3 credit hours

AGEQ 2311EQUINE SCIENCE II (ADVANCED HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT)

3 credit hours

AGEQ 2401EQUINE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING II

4 credit hours

AGRICULTURE MECHANICS

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:13


Third Semester

AGAH 1372AGRICULTURAL SPANISH

3 credit hours

AGEQ 1205EQUINE ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT

2 credit hours

AGEQ 2339HORSEMANSHIP II

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 2359ENGLISH EQUITATION II

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 1371LOCAL NEEDS - PRINCIPLES OF RANCH HORSE RIDING II

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 2370LOCAL NEEDS - REINING

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 2371LOCAL NEEDS - ADVANCED RANCH HORSE RIDING

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 2372LOCAL NEEDS-ADVANCED REINING

3 credit hours

AGEQ 2386INTERNSHIP - EQUINE SCIENCE

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:14


  1. Equestrian I Requirement: AGEQ1319, AGEQ1300, AGEQ1370
  2. Choose one from: AGRI2301 OR AGRI2303
  3. Equestrian II Requirement: AGEQ2339, AGEQ2359, AGEQ1371
  4. Choose one from: AGEQ1391, AGEQ2370 or AGEQ2371

Total Credit Hours: 41

*AGEQ2386 will constitute the capstone experience.