Designed for the student who desires a career in teaching, training and/or farm management, the Equine Business Management/Riding bachelor's degree program combines riding instruction, specialized academic equine courses and hands-on equine experience with business and general studies courses. As part of the program, you’ll participate in nine riding classes focusing on dressage and jumping. Each course is individually tailored to your competencies so that you’ll achieve maximum advancement. Another unique feature of the program is the use of Eckart Meyner's warm-up routine and exercises to unblock the rider and achieve harmony with the horse. Your riding outcomes will be measured through performance transcript and certificate programs, which validate your progress at three levels of dressage and jumping alike. Specialized science-based equine classes develop your understanding of the function of the horse with study in anatomy, lameness, physiology, sports therapy, genetics, nutrition, diseases and reproduction. Further classes strengthen your ability to evaluate horses for sport, develop a farm management plan, manage horse shows and understand the foundations of riding theory. Through these courses, you’ll form competencies in formulating equine dietary rations, designing a herd health program, selecting sport horses, and developing an equine business plan.
Instructor/Trainer ConcentrationThe BS in Equine Business Management-Riding also includes the opportunity to take an innovative and unqiue concentration that features two methods of riding instruction classes, a training course, and movement training class—along with three additional advanced riding classes.
Upon completion of the instructor training program, you’ll receive American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification and may become licensed to teach riding through examination by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Students wishing to gain the instructor/training concentration on their transcript must complete the performance transcript skill-certifying first level dressage competency.
Admission to the Equine Business Management/Riding program requires prior riding experience, a DVD showing riding competencies, and a telephone interview with the equine admissions representative. Admission to this program is limited and early application is recommended.
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