year-by-year overview​​


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.