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.
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 Horse 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 Horse 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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- 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
- 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
- name and demonstrate proper use of equipment used to humanely manage or treat horses; and
- recognize and practice basic horse handling safety skills based upon an understanding of horse behavior and the horses natural responses to environmental factors; and
- identify and evaluate equine anatomy and physiology and relate form to function; and
- define nutritional needs and demonstrate proper feeding techniques; and
- list common infectious diseases and parasites and explain the role of preventative health and considerations in developing a horse herd health management plan; and
- 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
- understand business management practices related specifically to the equine industry to promote ethical, effective and responsible business practices leading to successful entrepreneurship.
For students interested in an Associate degree, an Equine Science major is available. Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence.
For more information see the Agriculture Department website.
It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.