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Equine Management Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 17.5
Term Effective: Fall 2018


This is a Certificate of Achievement program. Today's multi-billion dollar horse industry is diverse, progressive and incorporates a broad set of technological advancements, requiring individuals who are knowledgeable and skilled to work in this multi-faceted field that annually employs 1.4 million full-time employees. Students who study at Santa Rosa Junior College and complete a certificate in Equine Management are qualified for a wide variety of diverse careers in the equine industry. Students who obtain this certificate aim for a future in horse farm management at breeding facilities, lesson/boarding barns, and race and show training stables. Students may also qualify for employment as technologists, consultants, show and race facility managers and staff, government agents, journalists, and sale/service representatives for companies promoting horse feed, health, and care products. Other career opportunities are available through breed associations, humane organizations, agriculture extension services, recreational services, horse publications, and more.

To prepare students for these exciting career opportunities, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Equine Management certificate program provides students with a broad technical study of all phases of equine care and management practices. Individuals enrolled in Equine Science courses receive both theoretical knowledge and practical experience – both very necessary to become the future leaders of the equine industry. Instruction is taught through lecture classes and hands-on laboratories using Santa Rosa Junior College’s beautiful 365-acre Shone Farm. The Equestrian Center consists of a state of the art Agriculture Pavilion that houses an indoor arena and classrooms, a large outdoor arena with all-weather footing, large hay storage barn, and outside shelters with runs, turn-outs and pastures for the horses utilized in the program.

For students interested in an Associate degree, an Equine Science major is available.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Identify and implement sustainable equine management practices that will improve horse quality, provide efficacious management, protect the natural resources and ensure economic viability of the equine industry; and
  2. demonstrate a working knowledge of horse management following current industry standards which address needs and management considerations related to the life stages and use of the horse and employing state of the art principles to develop horse management protocols and procedures incorporating scientifically based management decisions and the latest technological advances in equine husbandry; and
  3. name and demonstrate proper use of equipment used to humanely manage or treat horses; and
  4. recognize and practice basic horse handling safety skills based upon an understanding of horse behavior and the horses natural responses to environmental factors; and
  5. identify and evaluate equine anatomy and physiology and relate form to function; and
  6. define nutritional needs and demonstrate proper feeding techniques; and
  7. list common infectious diseases and parasites and explain the role of preventative health and considerations in developing a horse herd health management plan; and
  8. demonstrate knowledge of issues in equestrian facility design, local laws and regulations relating to horse facilities, risk-management, health and safety considerations, and disaster management planning; and
  9. understand business management practices related specifically to the equine industry to promote ethical, effective and responsible business practices leading to successful entrepreneurship.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Equine Management Certificate program are:

  • Complete 17.5 units from
    • Equine Management Requirements

Equine Management Requirements - complete 17.50 units
EQSCI 25Equine Science3.00
EQSCI 52Equine Health3.00
EQSCI 80Equine and Stable Management3.00
EQSCI 101Horse Handling Skills1.50
EQSCI 170Farrier Science3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
AGRI 98Independent Study in Agriculture1.00-3.00
AGRI 99IAgriculture Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
EQSCI 53Equine Reproduction1.00
EQSCI 102Beginning Horsemanship and Riding1.50
EQSCI 120Introduction to Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies1.00
EQSCI 121Applied Procedures: Adapted Riding/Therapeutic Horsemanship1.50
EQSCI 122Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies Program Management3.00
EQSCI 151Introduction to Equine Acupressure and Massage1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2018

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2019

Previous Versions:

Equine Management - effective Fall 2015
Equine Science - effective Fall 2014
Equine Science - effective Spring 2013
Equine Science - effective Spring 2012
Equine Science - effective Fall 2011
Equine Science - effective Spring 2011
Equine Science - effective Fall 2010
Equine Science - effective Fall 2008
Equine Science - effective Spring 2008
Equine Science - effective Summer 2007
Equine Science - effective Spring 2007
Equine Science - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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