Course Information

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
EQST075 Horse Club
This is a student organization designed to promote relationships between equestrian students and other campus organizations to complement the academic program. Activities include, but are not limited to, guest lecturers, field trips, and numerous extracurricular functions.
EQST080 Equestrian Judging Team
Prerequisite: COMM 110. This is an activity through which equestrian students who compete on The University of Findlay livestock judging team earn academic credit.
EQST100 Career Planning and Academic Skills Seminar
This course offers an introduction to career planning, academic support services, and social and cultural aspects of life at The University of Findlay.
EQST101 Introduction to Equine Science
This course provides an overview of the horse with emphasis on the history and development of the horse and the equine industry, equine psychology and behavior, anatomy, physiology, and equine health and disease.
EQST102 Equine Selection/Judging-Western
This course covers fundamental concepts of correct structure and causes of lameness in the equine with an emphasis on western pleasure/ performance horses. Current standards of equine excellence for the selection and improvement of breeding stock, judging procedures, and conduct in the show ring are some of the topics to be discussed.
EQST103 Intro to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies
A course designed to provide an overview of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with physical, cognitive, or emotional special needs. Discussion of the various facets of an EAAT program, including administrative aspects, facility design, therapy horses, and teaching techniques will be among the topics included.
EQST104 Equine Selection/Judging-English
This course covers fundamental concepts of correct structure and causes of lameness in the equine with emphasis on English performance horses. Judging methods and systems, professional conduct at the horse show, and pertinent American Horse Show Association (AHSA) rules and procedures are some of the topics to be addressed.
EQST105 Basic Horsemanship
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. This course is a "hands-on" approach geared toward students wishing to become proficient in the care and handling of the horse. Course content includes catching, grooming, leading, longeing, saddling, bridling, and basic horsemanship skills. Repeatable.
EQST121 Fundamentals of Horse Handling and Training
This course covers fundamentals of obedience training from the ground; techniques of showmanship and fitting horses for halter; proper saddling, bridling, and equitation; introduction to basic theories of horsemanship, seat, balance, and feel for the horse's mouth; introduction to basic theories of training (taking leads, setting heads, collection, etc.). (Offered only during the fall.)
EQST122 Intro to General Horse Training
Prerequisite: EQST 121 or permission of the instructor. This course is a continuation of EQST 121 with an introduction to new areas that pertain to specific training procedures. These include turnarounds, circles, lead changes, trail obstacles, and English riding. (Offered only during the spring.)
EQST123 Fundamentals of English Riding and Training
This course covers the fundamental theories of hunter, jumper, and dressage training. Coverage of obedience training from the ground, proper tack and equipment application, usage, and stable management techniques expected in a professional show barn. Theoretical and riding work on equitation principles (both on the flat and over fences) and how these impact the training process, application of the aids, principles of dressage, gymnastics and course work will also be covered. (Offered only during the fall.)
EQST124 General English Riding and Training Techniques
Prerequisite: EQST 123 or permission of the instructor. This course is a continuation of concepts from EQST 123. It includes refinement of form to function in the riding process. Continues work in dressage through transitions; increased emphasis on pace, control, and accuracy in work over fences. Students further explore horse show and sport horse activities and competition procedures. (Offered only during the spring.)
EQST150 Basic Horse Handling I
This course will acquaint the student with basic horse handling and riding. It is designed for the student who wishes to become proficient in the care and handling of the horse. This course would include catching, grooming, leading, saddling, bridling, and basic horsemanship skills.
EQST151 Basic Horse Handling II
Prerequisite: EQST 150 This course will introduce students to various maneuvers used in horsemanship pattern and other events. Students will ride with position and balance. Students will focus on showmanship and horsemanship as it relates to general horse handling.
EQST201 Principles of Equine Nutrition
This course covers fundamental principles of animal nutrition and feeding with emphasis on the equine. Topics covered include digestive anatomy and physiology, nutrient utilization, types and characteristics of feeds used in horse diets, techniques in ration formulation and feeding programs, and recommendations for different types and classes of horses.
EQST202 Phys. of Equine Reproduction
This course covers anatomy and physiology of reproduction in farm animals with particular emphasis on the horse. Reproductive endocrinology, artificial insemination, embryo transfer, care and management of breeding animals, and other related topics will be covered.
EQST203 Software Appl in Equine Bus Mgmt
Prerequisite: CSCI 150 or computer science competency. This course is a lecture/lab experience designed to introduce students to a variety of software packages utilized in different equine-related business enterprises. Software programs for use in farm management, boarding/stabling operations and horse show management are among those to be demonstrated. Other topics include utilizing the World Wide Web (WWW) in equine enterprises and a brief overview of designing customized software applications.
EQST221 Basic Colt Training
Prerequisite: "B" or better in EQST 122 or permission of the instructor. This course is designed to develop proper skills and techniques in the student for use in training a two- or three-year-old colt. All students have responsibility for progressing individual colts assigned. (Offered only during the fall.)
EQST222 Colt Training II
Prerequisite: EQST 221. This course involves using previously developed skills to perfect a "basic broke horse." Teaching walk, trot, lope, back-up, and spins to a variety of colts and finished horses in a short period of time (three months). (Offered only during the spring.)
EQST223 Intermediate English Riding and Training
Prerequisite: "B" or better in EQST 124 or permission of the instructor. This course has been developed to further the foundation of riding in both dressage and jumping. Dressage works to emphasize rhythm and straightness with an introduction to lateral movements. Students will be exposed to the elements of hunters, jumpers, and equitation. They will work toward executing a course of fences with accurate strides and lead changes. (Offered only during the fall.)
EQST224 Breaking and Training the Young Horse
Prerequisite: EQST 223 or permission of the instructor. In this course, students develop the proper skills and techniques required to train an unbroken two- or three-year-old horse. Each student will have the responsibility for progressing an assigned horse to a predetermined level of training. (Offered only during the spring.)
EQST250 Tech in Horse Trng & Handling I
Prerequisite: EQST 151 This course will focus students on the basic intermediate principles of horse training to perform such maneuvers as side passes, hip movement, shoulder movement, and transitions. Students will execute exercises that relate to total body control.
EQST251 Tech in Horse Trng & Handling II
Prerequisite: EQST 250 This course is designed to prepare riders to perform complicated maneuvers for trail courses and horsemanship patterns. Students will advance through trail obstacles such as trot and lope poles, bridges, and other obstacles with a high degree of difficulty.
EQST301 Equine Preventive Medicine
This course deals with common equine health practices, parasitology, diseases, lameness, and establishment of a herd health program.
EQST302 Farm and Stable Management
This course is designed to provide practical experience in supervising barn management, operating farm machinery, and organizing time. Students will also study academic principles involved in farm management.
EQST311 Farm Livestock & Land Mgmt
This course will expose students to various methods of land and livestock management, considering areas such as pasture rotations and ratio, labor relations, waste removal, and hay production.
EQST321 Advanced Horse Training I
Prerequisite: minimum 3.0 GPA in EQST courses. This course covers advanced, more difficult training procedures. Emphasis will be placed on developing a competitive show horse. (Offered only during the fall.)
EQST322 Advanced Horse Training II
Prerequisite: EQST 321 or permission of the instructor. Emphasis will be on selection of the proper horse (both physical ability and mental attitude) for a certain event. The duration of the semester will be spent progressing these horses to a predetermined, standard level. (Offered only during the spring.)
EQST323 Schooling/Reschooling
Prerequisite(s): minimum 3.0 GPA in EQST courses and EQST 224 or permission of the instructor In this course, students develop the proper skills and techniques required to retrain older horses and/or train green horses in dressage and/or over fences. (Offered only during the fall.)
EQST324 Adv English Riding & Training I
Prerequisite: EQST 323 or permission of the instructor. This course provides continued work on more advanced theories and techniques of the English horse. Preparing the horse for the show ring as a hunter, jumper, or dressage horse is also covered. (Offered only during the spring.)
EQST332 Equine Exercise Physiology
Prerequisite: EQST 101, ANSC 131, or permission of the instructor. The purpose of this course is to develop a thorough understanding of the adaptations of the equine body to the stress of exercise. Through a combination of lectures, discussions, outside readings, and laboratory demonstrations, the course will be an in-depth study of equine sports medicine and the application of exercise physiology to the training of horses.
EQST337 Equine Marketing
Prerequisite: MRKT 326 or permission of the instructor. This course involves discussions of the economic, structural, cultural, and political factors impacting marketing functions in equine business enterprises. Advertising and promotion, determining prices for breeding fees, boarding and training services, as well as the application of market research design and methodology in establishing equine-related businesses will be among the topics covered.
EQST380 Prof Horse Show Practicum
Prerequisite: EQST 122 or 124. This is a course designed to provide a student with the understanding and experience of preparing for large competitive horse shows. Riding and training techniques, conditioning methods, home stable, and travel horse care, as well as proper show grooming of horses for various types of horse show competitions will be a major focus in this class.
EQST401 Teaching Basic Training and Equitation Skills I
Prerequisite: EQST 322 or 324. Students will work with freshmen and sophomores in teaching basic skills in equitation, ground obedience training, use of training equipment, and basic progression in horsemanship.
EQST402 Adv Equine Reproduction
Prerequisite: EQST 202 or ANSC 232. This course provides a practically-oriented approach to the common practices and problems involved in operating an equine breeding in operating an equine breeding program. From a review of basic reproductive physiology to designing breeding and teasing programs, the primary emphasis of the course is to broaden the student's knowledge in the latest developments and techniques used in breeding horses. Other topics include artificial insemination, mare and foal care, syndications, breeding farm economics, and others. Field trip(s) are part of this course.
EQST403 Teaching Basic Training and Equitation Skills II
Prerequisites: EQST 401 or permission of the instructor. This course is designed to develop skills for teaching and training concepts for equitation, jumping, dressage, and performance horses. Students will organize, prepare, present, perform, and teach training exercises, ring figures, and riding skills. Utilization of classroom information will be applied through organizing and conducting individual and group lessons, under the guidance and supervision of a class instructor.
EQST404 Advanced Equine Nutrition
Prerequisites: EQST 201 or ANSC 231 This course covers the application of feedstuff analysis, diet evaluation, nutrient utilization by horses and selection of appropriate feeds for horses of diverse nutritional needs will be covered.
EQST405 Adv Reproduction Techniques
Prerequisite: EQST 202 or ANSC 232 This course provides a "hands-on" experience designed to introduce students to a variety of reproductive management techniques pertaining to horses. Activities and demonstrations will be mandatory. Topics covered include reproductive anatomy, semen collection and handling, artificial insemination, super-ovulation, embryo transfer, pregnancy, and foal and neonatal care.
EQST411 Farm Equipment Management
This course is intended to provide practical experience in the operation, application, and maintenance of farm equipment including, but not limited to, tractors, spreaders, cultivators, disks, plows, water implements, elevators, combines, and trailers.
EQST412 Farm Structure Management
This course focuses on farm structures in relation to construction design, application, efficient operation, energy efficiency, and maintenance.
EQST421 Advanced Horse Training III
Prerequisite: EQST 322 or permission of the instructor. Students will be assigned horses that are basically broke and progress them through standard procedures to a finished product. They will learn to develop peaks, camouflage weaknesses, and accent strengths. (This course is offered only during the fall.)
EQST422 Advanced Horse Training IV
Prerequisite: EQST 421 or permission of the instructor. Students will use procedures learned in previous courses on a variety of horses and will create minor variations in each procedure to develop a product that is standard in response, style, and way of going. (This course is offered only during the spring.)
EQST423 Adv English Riding & Training II
Prerequisite: EQST 324 or permission of the instructor. Emphasis will be placed on selection of the proper horse for a particular English discipline. The semester will be spent preparing these horses for a predetermined level of show ring readiness in their discipline. (This course is offered only during the fall.)
EQST424 Adv Engl Riding & Training III
Prerequisite: EQST 423 or permission of the instructor. Students will use procedures learned in the previous courses to improve and refine techniques applied in dressage and over fence work. (This course is offered only during the spring.)
EQST435 Equine Law
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or permission of the instructor. This course provides an overview of the legal system and how it relates to those in equestrian-related business. Its emphasis will be on issues of liability, contracts, general business issues, and dispute resolution and avoidance. Will briefly introduce various business entities and compare cash and accrual accounting methods and tax issues.
EQST480 Internship
Prerequisites: minimum 2.75 GPA and have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours at The University of Findlay This course is a practical, experience-oriented activity in which students work at The University of Findlay farms or a similar farm to gain valuable experience not possible in a classroom setting. This course will be graded S/U and may be repeated with a maximum of 15 semester hours applying toward a degree. Only six hours can be applied toward the major requirements.
EQST490 Adv. Topics in Equine Science
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. This course provides study of selected topics in the animal sciences not included in regular course offerings. This is a repeatable course.
EQST499 Senior Seminar in Equine Science
Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of the instructor This course will provide the students with an opportunity to discover information and employ scientific principles, to critically evaluate the information and its relevance to horse production and management, and then effectively disseminate the information. Students will also systematically analyze real-world production or service enterprises in order to identify contributing factors and to develop tactical solutions for any perceived problems.