Western equestrian studies

Western Riding Program

For more than 30-years, The University of Findlay has set the standard for excellence in western equestrian studies.  Students begin caring for and riding horses in their very first year with five days of assigned time at the barn each week. 

First year techniques include:

  • showmanship, 
  • horsemanship, and 
  • western pleasure. 
The program then progresses through:
  • colt breaking, 
  • cutting, 
  • reining, and 
  • finishing pleasure horses for the show ring.

Other areas covered include:

  • western riding, 
  • hunt seat, and 
  • trail. 

Students extensively cover customer relation skills in every area of our western riding program, as well as the production of a horse that is easily ridden by an owner or prospective buyer.

In addition to the intensive western riding program, a series of equine courses such as nutrition, reproduction, judging and preventive medicine complete the well-rounded course of study. Special topics covered include equine law, farm and stable management, equine marketing, therapeutic riding, equine exercise physiology and software applications for equine business management and equestrian studies.

Students are encouraged to carry a second major or minor to expand their marketability in the equine industry.  Some popular choices are: Spanish, Computer Science, Marketing, International Business, and Journalism.

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Dr. C. Richard Beckett Animal Science Center and Western Equestrian Farm

14700 SR 68, Findlay, OH, 45840