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AGEQ 001 – Western Horseback Riding for Beginning Riders - .5-2 units
Designed to teach horseback riding to beginning riders with little or no previous experience, and those who have experience riding, but have not had the opportunity to “take lessons.” Students will develop their skills through practical experience, and will have “individualized” equitation lessons in a group setting.

AGEQ 009 - Draft Horse Driving I - 0.5 unit
Work horse history, attitude, approach, dynamics of draft, anatomy, health care, harness and harnessing, and principles of driving.

AGEQ 010- Draft Horse Driving II - 0.5 unit
Work horse history, attitude, approach, dynamics of draft, anatomy, health care, harness and harnessing, and principles of driving. Progressive skill development from course prerequisite AGEQ009 to gain proficiency to harness and drive a single or double draft team with assistance.

AGEQ 011- Draft Horse Driving III - 0.5 unit
Work horse history, attitude, approach, dynamics of draft, anatomy, health care, harness and harnessing, and principles of driving. Progressive skill development from course prerequisite AGEQ010 to gain proficiency to harness and drive a single or double draft team unassisted.

AGEQ 102 - Elements of Equine Science - 3 units
This course is a survey of the equine industry, encompassing the evolution and role of the equine species throughout history, breed selection and development, nutrition, disease, preventative health care, reproductive management, basic anatomy and physiology, and equine career options.

AGEQ 103 – Western Equitation I – 2 units
Designed to teach horseback riding to students with little or no previous experience, and those who have experience riding, but have not had the opportunity to “take lessons.” Students will develop their skills through practical experience, and will have “individualized” equitation lessons in a group setting. Topics: basic horse care, types of gear and equipment, handling, grooming, saddling, bridling, mounting, seat, hands, and horsemanship under saddle.

AGEQ 104 - Horse Conformation and Judging - 1 unit
Horse Conformation is a survey course that covers the varied elements of horse conformation as it relates to the horse in action. The participant will be able to identify and recognize desired horse conformation for the various types of equitation and demonstrate an overall knowledge of how the horse moves.

AGEQ 106 – Western Equitation II – 2 units
Designed to teach intermediate and advanced western equitation skills to students with previous western riding experience. Students will develop their skills through practical experience, and will have “individualized” equitation lessons in a group setting. Topics: grooming and fitting, use of equipment, groundwork as it relates to riding, use of natural riding aids (hands, legs, seat), advanced horsemanship under saddle.

AGEQ 107 - Elements of Pack Station & Stable Operations- 3 units
This course will discuss the major business aspects and skills of a horse pack station and stable management. The program is designed to expose students to current Equine Studies theories, their practical application, and provide the student with specific skills in the Equine Studies field. Students should be concurrently enrolled in AGEQ 108 Field Experience.

AGEQ 108 - Fundamentals of Pack Station & Stable Operations
Field Experience- 2 units
Course demonstrates practical skills necessary in organizing and implementing an actual pack trip. Practical applications of skills such as how to plan, organize and implement a three-day pack trip. The application of skills learned in course co-requisite AGEQ 107.

AGEQ 109 - Pack Station & Stable Operations Field Experience - 2 units
Course demonstrates practical skills necessary in organizing and implementing a pack trip. Practical applications of skills such as the planning, organization and implementing of a three-day pack trip. The progressive application of skills learned in prerequisite AGEQ 108.

AGEQ 115 - Elements of Horse Training I -0.5-3 unit
Elements of Horse Training I covers various elements of horse behavior modification. Participants will be able to understand a variety of techniques to teach the horse to respond and advance in progressive levels from Level I thru Level IV, the course levels provides the skills to explain, demonstrate, compare, contrast, differentiate, create and evaluate horse training philosophies, techniques and specific skills.

AGEQ 116 - Elements of Horse Training II -0.5-3 unit
Elements of Horse Training II covers various elements of horse training techniques and concepts. Participants will be able to progress in level II enhanced understanding and skill development from level I. The ability to compare and contrast horse training philosophies, techniques, and specific skills. Prerequisite: AGEQ 115.

AGEQ 117 - Elements of Horse Training III -0.5-3 unit
Elements of Horse Training III covers various elements of horse training techniques and concepts. Participants will be able to progress in level III enhanced understanding and skill development from level II, the ability to differentiate and demonstrate horse training philosophies, techniques and specific skills. Prerequisite AGEQ 116

AGEQ 118 - Elements of Horse Training IV -0.5-3 unit
Elements of Horse Training IV covers various elements of horse training techniques and concepts. Participants will be able to progress in level IV enhanced understanding and skill development from level III, the ability to create and evaluate horse training philosophies, techniques and training skills. Prerequisite AGEQ 117.

AGEQ 123 - Introduction to Farrier Science – 1 unit
Introductory horseshoeing principles and practices, including basic anatomy and physiology of the horse’s limbs and feet, horseshoeing terminology, and guidelines for assessing a proper horseshoeing job.

AGEQ 124 - Elements of Farrier Science – 1 unit
Horseshoeing principles and practices, including anatomy and physiology of the horse’s limbs and feet, horseshoeing terminology, and guidelines for assessing a proper horseshoeing job. Causes, treatment and prevention of common lameness problems. Progression of student learning outcomes from course prerequisite AGEQ 123.

AGEQ 140 – Introduction to Equine Behavior & Training – 2 units
Introduction to the principals involved in handling and training horses with an emphasis on the historical perspectives and technical development of the unique cooperation between horses and humans. Course covers equine behavior patterns and training philosophy, evolution of horsemanship, development of training equipment, alternative equine health care and therapies.

AGEQ 141 – Equine Behavior & Training – 2 units
Principles involved in handling and training horses utilizing behavior modification procedures that emphasize communication thru knowledge, skills, and respect for the horse. Course includes equine training behavior patterns on the ground and in the saddle. Innovative horse training techniques, equine training problems and general solutions.

AGEQ 175- Ranch Skills Short Course - 10 units
Techniques and skills necessary for ranch work using horses. Designed to teach horseback riding to students with little or no previous experience, and those who have experience riding, but have not had the opportunity to “take lessons.” Students will develop their skills through practical experience, and will have “individualized” equitation lessons in a group setting. Application of introductory, intermediate and advanced roping and cattle working techniques. Allows student to participate in working cows, roping, sorting and other ranch related activities. Successful achievement of student learning outcomes will lead to a Certificate of Specialization in Fundamentals of Ranch Skills. Along with the Certificate of Specialization, students can apply the AGEQ 175 Ranch Skills Short Course as a substitute for the following courses when utilized towards the Equine Studies Associate Degree or Equine Studies Certificate of Achievement: AGEQ 001 (2 units), AGEQ 103 (2 units), AGEQ 210 (2 units), AGEQ 211 (2 units), and AGEQ 212 (2 units).

AGEQ 204 - Training Horses Under Saddle Fall- 2 Units
Basic principles involved in handling and training the young horse. Course includes groundwork, philosophy of colt starting, advancing the green horse, and problem solving. Special emphasis on continuing the Fall training of two-year olds started in the Spring.

AGEQ 205 - Training Horses Under Saddle Spring- 2 Units
Basic principles involved in handling and training the young horse. Course includes groundwork, philosophy of colt starting, advancing the green horse, and problem solving. Special emphasis on starting the two-year old horse in the Spring.

AGEQ 206 - Advanced Training Of Young Horses - 2 Units
Advanced principles and applications of equine behavior modification for training young horses in advanced maneuvers under saddle: Lead departures, lead changes, spinning, collection, stopping and working cattle. It is recommended for student success that AGEQ 205 and AGEQ 103 be completed prior to enrolling in AGEQ 206.

AGEQ 207 - Preparing the Horse for Sale and Show - 2 Units
Instruction in fitting and showing horses. Students gain experience training, conditioning, grooming, showing and /or selling horses. Training young horses in advanced maneuvers under saddle including cow work, rope work, trail, versatility, and reining patterns. Techniques and applications of fitting a horse in preparation for horse sale or show. It is recommended for student success that AGEQ 205 and AGEQ 103 be completed prior to or concurrent to enrolling in AGEQ 207.

AGEQ 208 - Advanced Pack Station & Stable Operations Field Experience- 2 units
The course demonstrates the practical skills necessary in the organization and implementation of a pack trip. The class will conclude with a three-day pack trip that is planned and organized by the students. Prerequisite AGEQ 107 and AGEQ 108.

AGEQ 210 - Intro To Ranch Work with Horses - 1-4 units
Students learn the techniques and skills necessary for Cattle/Guest Ranch operation, and selection of equipment and horses. This course also covers the principles of working cattle and ranch roping, specializing in the training of horses for ranch work.

AGEQ 211 - Applied Ranch Skills with Horses I – 2 units
Application of intermediate roping and cattle working techniques with horses. Allows student to participate horseback working cows, roping, sorting and other ranch related activities.

AGEQ 212 - Applied Ranch Skills with Horses II – 2 units
Application of advanced roping and cattle working techniques with horses. Allows students to participate horseback working cows, roping, sorting and other ranch related activities. The ability to demonstrate advanced ranch techniques and skills. Course prerequisite AGEQ 211.

AGEQ 214 - Handling and Care of the Foal, Weanling, and
Yearling Horse- Fall-- 1 unit
Course will focus on the management and handling of foals, weanlings, and yearling horses. Emphasizing safe and practical behavior handling techniques as well as current management practices utilized in health and farrier care. Special emphasis on care and candling of weanlings in the Fall.

AGEQ 215 - Handling and Care of the Foal, Weanling, and
Yearling Horse- Spring-- 1 unit
Course will focus on the management and handling of foals, weanlings, and yearling horses. Emphasizing safe and practical behavior handling techniques as well as current management practices utilized in health and farrier care. Special emphasis placed on care and handling of newborn foals in the Spring.

AGEQ 225 – Ranch Horsemanship - .5-3 units
Ranch Horsemanship is a survey course that covers the techniques and philosophies of training horses for ranch purposes. Participants will be able to identify and recognize training philosophies and various techniques of horse training, and advance from intermediate to advanced stages of horse training and in ranch horsemanship. Prerequisite AGEQ 103 and 115.

AGEQ 226 – Advanced Horsemanship - .5-3 unit
Advanced Horsemanship is a survey course that covers the techniques and philosophies of advanced horse training. Participants will be able to identify and recognize training philosophies and various techniques of horse training, and advance from intermediate to advanced stages of horse training and horsemanship. Prerequisite AGEQ 103 and 115.

AGEQ 296 - Special Projects in Equine Studies- Behavior and
Training - 1-4 units
Individual opportunities to study investigate research and participate in equine studies projects that are specific to equine behavior and training such as; hackamore training, bridle training, advanced saddle horse training, cow-horse training, behavior modification. Student completes different performance objectives for each unit of credit.

AGEQ 297 - Special Projects in Equine Studies: Summer/Fall
Operations - 1-4 units
Individual opportunities to study investigate research and participate in equine studies projects that are specific to the Summer and Fall months such as; Fall production sales, Futurity Horse Training, Weaning and halter breaking foals, Fall Hunt-Packing trips, Winter livestock preparation. Student completes different performance objectives for each unit of credit.

AGEQ 298 - Special Projects in Equine Studies: Winter/Spring
Operations - 1-4 units
Individual opportunities to study investigate research and participate in specific equine studies projects during the Winter and Spring months such as; reproductive management of the stallion or broodmare, care of the newborn foal, starting the two year old, sale horse preparation, horse show preparation. Student completes different performance objectives for each unit of credit.

AGEQ 299 - Special Topics in Equine Studies - 0.5-3 units
Course covers selected topics in evolving issues or research in the area of Equine Studies or special field topics not covered by regular course offerings. Independent student research and presentation are emphasized.

 

Equine Studies Rodeo



AGEQ 135 - Conditioning The Horse and Rider I - 0.5-1 unit
Development of sport specific strength, neuromuscular strength, power and speed for both horse and rider. A progression of exercises and techniques to maximize individual performance, minimize injury, develop and maintain a safe and healthy horse and rider conditioning program.

AGEQ 136 - Conditioning The Horse and Rider II - 0.5-1 unit
Development of sport specific strength, neuromuscular strength, power and speed for both horse and rider. A progression of exercises and techniques to maximize individual performance, minimize injury, develop and maintain a safe and healthy horse and rider conditioning program. Demonstrate exercises for both horse and rider. Progression of skills from prerequisite course AGEQ 135.

AGEQ 137 - Conditioning The Horse and Rider III - 0.5-1 unit
Development of sport specific strength, neuromuscular strength, power and speed for both horse and rider. A progression of exercises and techniques to maximize individual performance, minimize injury, develop and maintain a safe and healthy horse and rider conditioning program. Evaluate exercises for both horse and rider. Progression of skills from prerequisite course AGEQ 136.

AGEQ 138 - Conditioning The Horse and Rider IV - 0.5-1 unit
Development of sport specific strength, neuromuscular strength, power and speed for both horse and rider. A progression of exercises and techniques to maximize individual performance, minimize injury, develop and maintain a safe and healthy horse and rider conditioning program. Develop exercises for both horse and rider. Progression of skills from prerequisite course AGEQ 137.

AGEQ 180 – Rodeo Skills & Techniques Men’s Events – 1-4 units
This course focuses on the fundamental, theory, and practice of intercollegiate men’s rodeo events; bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping emphasizing the physiological fundamentals, history of the sport, scoring, rule interpretation, and judging. The course will also provide the student the opportunity to study, learn and practice the skills and techniques necessary to participate in intercollegiate men’s rodeo events. PREQ: Approval of instructor in regards to student’s minimum physical and mental abilities necessary to participate in rodeo events.

AGEQ 181 – Rodeo Skills & Techniques Women’s Events – 1-4 units
This course focuses on the fundamental, theory, and practice of intercollegiate women’s rodeo events; barrel racing, goat tying, break away roping, team roping emphasizing the physiological fundamentals, history of the sport, scoring, rule interpretation, and judging. The course will also provide the student the opportunity to study, learn and practice the skills and techniques necessary to participate in intercollegiate women’s rodeo events. PREQ: Approval of instructor in regards to student’s minimum physical and mental abilities necessary to participate in rodeo events.

AGEQ 182 – Intercollegiate Rodeo – 2 units
Designed to provide students the opportunity to further develop their proficiency in men & women’s intercollegiate rodeo events. Methods in competitive performance, individual and team strategy, in a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) sanctioned competition event. Students will travel to various college rodeos and practices. Classes will be held at the Rodeo facility. Includes practice field trips. PREQ: Recommended or concurrent enrollment in AGEQ 180 or 181. Limited to students who qualify to compete in NIRA events.

AGEQ 184 – Advanced Intercollegiate Rodeo – 2 units
Designed to provide students with additional opportunities to further develop their proficiency in man & women’s intercollegiate rodeo events. In depth advanced techniques of competitive performances, individual and team strategy in National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) sanctioned competitions. Students will travel to various college rodeos and practices. Classes will be held at the Rodeo facility. Includes practice field trips. PREQ: Recommended or concurrent enrollment in AGEQ 182. Limited to students who qualify to compete in NIRA events.

AGEQ 186 – Rodeo Production – 1 unit
Practical application of the planning, organizing, and staging of an intercollegiate rodeo. Students participate in all aspects of rodeo production, procedures, promotion, finance, rodeo contractors, and sponsorship. Students will be required to serve on a rodeo committee and work outside of class and on the weekends of the rodeo.

AGEQ 280 – Advanced Rodeo Techniques – Men’s Events – 1-4
This course focuses on the advanced theory, and practice of intercollegiate men’s rodeo events; bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping emphasizing the physiology and physical foundations, history of the sport, scoring, rule interpretation, and judging. The course will also provide the student the opportunity to study, learn, and practice the skills and techniques necessary to participate in intercollegiate men’s rodeo events.

AGEQ 281 – Advanced Rodeo Techniques – Women’s Events – 1-4
This course focuses on the advanced theory, and practice of intercollegiate women’s rodeo events; barrel racing, goat tying, break away roping, team roping emphasizing the physiological fundamentals, history of the sport, scoring, rule interpretation, and judging. The course will also provide the student the opportunity to study, learn, and practice the skills and techniques necessary to participate in intercollegiate women’s rodeo events.

 

    

                          

 

 

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