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Equine Science Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 30
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Term Effective: Spring 2011


The Equine Science Certificate of Achievement program provides training in the selection, feeding, and management of horses. Forty percent of all people gainfully employed in the United States today are engaged in some kind of agricultural work. California alone needs over 8,000 additional trained people each year for employment in agriculture. The training program at SRJC prepares the student for a choice of jobs on the farm as well as off-farm related jobs. Horse related job opportunities include: farm ranch manager, trainer, stable manager/foreman, riding instructor/coach, veterinarian's assistant, stallion manager, broodmare manager, foaling crewman, wrangler for pack operations, stunt rider, fair or exposition manager, stable superintendent, mounted patrol, and race track manager, just to name a few.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students 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;
  2. demonstrate a working knowledge of life cycles and state of the art principles of horse production to develop a ranch management calendar that incorporates scientifically based management decisions and the latest technological advances in equine husbandry;
  3. name and demonstrate proper use of equipment used to humanely manage or treat horses;
  4. recognize and practice basic horse handling safety skills while on the ground and when mounted;
  5. identify and evaluate equine anatomy and physiology and relate form to function;
  6. define nutritional needs and demonstrate proper feeding techniques; and
  7. list common infectious diseases and parasites and explain the role of preventative health.

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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Equine Science Certificate program are:

  • Complete 30 units from
    • Equine Science Requirements

Equine Science Requirements - complete 30.00 units
AGRI 99IAgriculture Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
ANSCI 20Basic Animal Science3.00
EQSCI 25Equine Science3.00
EQSCI 51Equine Nutrition1.00
EQSCI 53Equine Reproduction1.00
EQSCI 101Horse Handling Skills1.50
EQSCI 102ABeginning Horsemanship and Riding1.50
EQSCI 102BIntermediate Horsemanship and Riding1.50
EQSCI 102CAdvanced Horsemanship/Riding1.50
EQSCI 170Farrier Science3.00
EQSCI 180Equine Business Management2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 5.00 units from the following:
EQSCI 100Survey of Equine Science3.00
EQSCI 120Introduction to Therapeutic Riding Principles1.00
EQSCI 121Therapeutic Riding Program Procedures1.50
EQSCI 122Therapeutic Riding Program Operations3.00
EQSCI 125The Basics of Dressage for Horse and Rider1.00
EQSCI 150Equine Health Care - Preventative and First Aid0.50
EQSCI 151Introduction to Equine Accupressure and Massage1.00
EQSCI 154Introduction to Equine Color Genetics1.50
EQSCI 161Equine Facilities Water Qualtiy Planning1.50
EQSCI 162Horse Housing and Facilities1.00

Term Effective: Spring 2011

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 2011

Previous Versions:

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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