Information For Freshmen​

Congratulations and Welcome to The University of Findlay!

UF's Equestrian Studies program utilizes a hands-on approach to learning, designed to give you the most practical experience that will translate to the equestrian industry.  Below you will find important information about the English program and our expectations of you as an English equestrian student.

Items you need to submit to The University of Findlay:

Student Requirements:

  • Working three (3) weekends per semester.

    • In order to get paid, you will be required to fill out paperwork during the first week of classes.  You must bring your drivers license (or alternate form of photo I.D.) and your original, hard copy signed social security card (a copy of your social security card will not be accepted).

    • Students will be paid for 2 weekends each semester.

  • General chores around the barn, including  but not limited to, stall cleaning six (6) days per week, excluding special farm events.

  • Rotation of feeding chores for all horses on the property.

  • Taking and logging your horse's temperature daily.

  • Daily turn-out of your horse.

  • Adhere to the barn dress code at all times while at the barn, including holidays, weekends and evenings.

  • Occasionally unload and stack hay during assigned times or during your work weekends.

Additional information

Physical fitness expectations:

Performance horse guidelines universally state that no sport horse should carry more than 20% of its own body weight.  The breed of the horse and rider's ability level also come into play when assessing what is a reasonable amount of weight for a horse to carry.  We, therefore, conduct physical assessments at the beginning of each academic year, with the above guidelines in mind. Please see specifics of the Rider Entrance Standards

You will be tested on the following criteria:

  • Sit-ups with arms crossed over chest, knees bent & without a foot holder. (minimum of 30 in 1-minute 30 seconds).

  • Push-ups from knees or toes (minimum of 30 in 1-minute 30 seconds).

  • 1-mile run (maximum time of 11 minutes).

All tests are on a pass/fail basis.

Fitness tests are given for the safety and well-being of the rider as well as the comfort of the horse in the English Equestrian Program. Students who are unable to pass the entire fitness test will be prohibited from participating in all activities at the barn except classroom lectures and observing. This restriction also applies to personal horses boarded at UF.
Students will not receive credit for riding or barn grades until the entire fitness test is passed and physical exam forms are on file.

We encourage everyone to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Dress Code and Classroom Etiquette:

The dress code for the English Equestrian Studies Program will be as follows:

  • All exposed piercings must be removed with the exception of small earrings. Jewelry and earrings are to be kept simple and to a minimum.

  • A polo shirt is recommended, however a sleeveless shirt with a collar may be worn.  Shirts must be tucked into pants with a belt at all times.  No tank tops will be permitted.

  • No riding "tights"; breeches only (example: Hoof and Woof, Tailored Sportsman, Ariat, Grand Prix, etc.). Conservative colors are recommended.

  • Clothing may not have concert promotions, or suggestive or explicit language displayed.

  • NO sandals, open-toed shoes or shorts of any kind will be permitted at the barn.  This includes weekends, holidays, horse shows and evening visits.

  • Always strive for a polished look - hair should be up and contained.

  • Helmet Policy:  Wearing an ASTM/SEI certified helmet is mandatory when riding.

  • Cell phones must be turned off in any arena area.

  • Lastly, please remember that the ring is a classroom, as is any time you spend at the barn.  Address instructors, barn staff, interns and peers with respect.  The ring is for students participating in a lesson or those taking notes on a lesson.  All those participating and observing will be expected to pay attention and keep extraneous noise to a minimum.

Bring your own horse?

Incoming freshmen may bring a family-owned horse as their project for the program; however, many students prefer the experience they receive by riding several different horses.  UF has criteria that must be followed if you choose to bring your own horse.  See "Should I Bring My Own Horse?" ​for requirements. 

What equipment will you need?

All freshmen will need to bring their own tack, and the equipment needed to care for a horse. Requirements vary, depending on your area of focus. . . dressage, hunter/jumper or eventing.  We will have retailers at the farm during the first few weeks of the fall semester.  If you are unable to acquire all of your equipment before arriving or you have additional questions about your equipment, you can wait until you arrive to meet with the retailers.

See one of the following lists for what you'll need to bring:

Where will you store your tack?

Your equipment represents a large investment and we want to help you keep it safe and in good condition.  UF provides tack lockers​ for each student, so it won't be necessary to bring one.


Interested in joining one of the riding teams?

Tryouts for both our teams are typically held at the beginning of the fall semester in September.

Learn more about each team:

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Additional questions?  Please feel free to contact the Director of Equestrian Studies and Equine Business Management: Jill Paxton, at