Header 1year-by-year overview Post 1 Western Equipment list Freshman Year: The curriculum is designed to accommodate students that are new to the industry as well as those who have had several years of experience. First semester, we focus on proper body position of both the horse and the rider, lunging, horsemanship and showmanship. Second semester, we focus on trail, line driving and preparation for flying lead changes. This helps prepare students for their sophomore year of colt breaking. Class and work schedule: Class meets from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Each class has riding and stall cleaning time, and ends with the afternoon feeding. Stalls are cleaned on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Freshmen work three weekends each semester and two are paid. Work includes feeding, stall cleaning and other chores. Sophomore Year: Students are assigned an unbroken and untrained colt to work with the entire semester. Most colts are sent by outside owners and others are university owned. First semester, we focus on round pen work and natural horsemanship. Second semester, colts are taught to lunge and line-drive before they are ridden. Class and work schedule: Class meets from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday through Friday. Each class starts with the morning feeding, and then has riding, showmanship and stall cleaning time. Stalls are cleaned on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sophomores work three weekends each semester and two are paid. Junior Year: Junior year allows students to begin to specialize and gives them the opportunity to request horses in a desired discipline, breed or training level. Juniors are assigned up to 3 outside horses, which includes a lead changer and a cutter. Lead changers and cutters rotate bi-weekly. Juniors share their riding hours with seniors. Students also ride green reiners. Second semester, juniors are required to train at least one horse on trail obstacles. Students may develop a hunter under saddle horse as English lessons are given every Tuesday and Friday. Class and work schedule: Classes meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Demonstrations are held on Thursday with a test two weeks later. Juniors work three weekends per semester and two are paid. Senior Year: Senior year allows for diversity and specialization. First semester, seniors are assigned at least two outside horses and a school reining horse. Second semester, students are allowed to request their school reining horse. Seniors also participate in the pleasure futurity program which provides them with the opportunity to break, train and show a pleasure futurity horse. They then prepare them for the University's annual sale. Class and work schedule: Classes meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. Seniors work two weekends per semester and both are paid. On Sundays, seniors may choose to supervise either a morning or afternoon feeding and also administer medications during their weekend shift.