SRJC Course Outlines

6/3/2023 7:04:59 AMEQSCI 102 Course Outline as of Fall 2018

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  EQSCI 102Title:  BEG HORSEMANSHIP/RIDING  
Full Title:  Beginning Horsemanship and Riding
Last Reviewed:9/11/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled.506 min.Lab Scheduled8.75
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  52.50Total Student Learning Hours: 87.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  EQSCI 102A

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to grooming, saddling, bridling and riding skills. Acquire basic knowledge of equipment and safety procedures. Use of riding aids and transitions.


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of EQSCI 101

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to grooming, saddling, bridling and riding skills. Acquire basic knowledge of equipment and safety procedures.  Use of riding aids and transitions.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Course Completion of EQSCI 101
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Demonstrate proper form and position at various gaits of the horse.
2.  Demonstrate increasing horse riding competencies of security/trust, control, safety, and
3.  Demonstrate knowledge of equipment and care of a horse.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify the parts of a horse.
2. Describe basic horse behavior patterns.
3. Demonstrate basic safety techniques and ground work.
4. Describe the biomechanics of horse movement.
5. Identify and properly utilize tack.
6. Describe uses of horse equipment for different riding applications.
7. Safely mount and dismount.
8. Identify gaits.
9. Demonstrate basic riding skills at various gaits using a secure seat.
10. Utilize proper arena etiquette and riding figures.
11. Discuss basic considerations when purchasing a horse.

Topics and Scope
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I. Basic horse behavior patterns
II. Basic safety and ground work
    A. Mounting
    B. Dismounting
III. Catching and haltering horse
IV. Saddling, grooming, and bridling
V. Basic quick release knots
VI. Tack
    A. Parts of Western saddle and bridle
    B. Parts of English saddle and bridle
VII. Horse equipment and applications
    A. Selection and proper fit of saddle
    B. Selection of proper fit of bridle
VIII. Biomechanics of horse and rider
    A. Gait and action
    B. Muscles involved in gaits
    C. Common gait defects
    D. Balanced seat
IX. Riding horses at various gaits
    A. Straight lines
    B. Diagonals
X. Halting
XI. What to consider when purchasing a horse
Topics covered in lecture will be practiced in lab.

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Lecture Related Assignments:
1. Writing assignments: worksheets, class notes, and study guides
2. Quizzes (1-3); final exam
3. Weekly reading (5-10 pages)
Lab Related Assignments:
1. Skill demonstrations: safety techniques and ground work, basic riding skills at various gaits
2. Riding Skills Practical Exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 20%
Worksheets, class notes, study guides
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
50 - 70%
Safety techniques, ground work, riding skills and practical exam.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Quizzes and final exam: Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Industry handouts
Horsemanship Handbook. 8th ed. Struska, Susan. Hobar Publications. 2004 (classic)
Western Horsemanship. Shrake, Richard. Western Horseman. 2002 (classic)

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