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Equine Courses

Introduction to Equine Care and Use (A&VS 281, 3 credits, FALL ONLY): Survey of basic equine care and use; breeds of horses and their use; basic care and maintenance of equines including feeding, health care, housing and equipment, as well as equine behavior and its relationship to safety and handling practices. The overall course objective is to provide the student with the basic information for selecting, owning, and caring for horses in a safe manner. Instructor: C. Smith

Riding Theory & Techniques (A&VS 370, 3 credits, FALL AND SPRING): Advanced scientific methods and techniques for execution of performances in hunter and stock horse events; anatomical, physiological and psychological implications; preparation of horses and riders. Introduction to teaching horsemanship including basic educational theory, learning styles, and lesson plan development. Instructor: C. Smith

Equine Facility Development & Management (A&VS 330, 3 credits, SPRING ONLY):
In-depth analysis of how horse behavior impacts facility design and layout, safe and functional horse facilities for a variety of equestrian uses, feeding, pasture, manure and nutrient management practices, business management, liability and insurance issues affecting horse businesses. Instructor: C. Smith

Equine Hoof and Limb (A&VS 343, 3 credits, SPRING ONLY): Introduction to the function and care of the horse’s foot; anatomical and physiological aspects of the equine leg and hoof; responses of the hoof to mechanical forces and disease; and improving horse performance through trimming and shoeing techniques. Methods of evaluation hoof traits, horse gaits and gait quality and the effect of gait quality on equine utilization will be examined. Instructor: F. Carper

Advanced Horse Management (ANPR 344, 4 credits, SPRING ONLY): Application of sound scientific principles and concepts in areas of equine science including genetics, nutrition, reproduction, and anatomy to efficient production and management of horses. This is an advanced-level production course. Pre-requisite AVS 281. Instructor: T. Walker

Racehorse Industry Tour (A&VS 461, 3 credits, SUMMER ONLY):
Intensive, week-long course designed to introduce students to the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Racing Industries. We will travel into western Pennsylvania, the northern panhandle of West Virginia, and to Kentucky visiting racetracks, breeding farms, equine veterinary clinics, the Kentucky Horse Park and the home of the legendary Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the racing industry including current events influencing it, and options for careers within it. Instructors: C. Smith

Performance Horse Industry Tour (A&VS 462, 3 credits, SUMMER ONLY): Intensive, week-long travel course designed to introduce students to the performance horse industry, including hunter, western, dressage, and gaited disciplines. We will travel through the Southern US to Texas visiting breeding facilities, training farms, horse shows, and ranches. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the performance horse industry including current events influencing it, and options for careers within it. Instructors: C. Smith

Equine Events Management (A&VS 463, 3 credits, SUMMER ONLY): Overview of the planning, marketing, facility preparations and horse show management necessary to run a successful nationally sanctioned equine event. In partnership with the West Virginia Cutting Horse Association (WVCHA) and the Reedsville Equine Arena, students will be involved in all aspects of hosting WVCHA shows through the 12 week summer session and have the option of attending a national show at the end of the course. Instructor: C. Smith

Principles of Therapeutic Horsemanship I (A&VS 425, 3 credits, FALL ONLY): The objective of this course is for students to explore the history, organization principles and procedures of an equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) program with the use of therapy horses for persons with disabilities. Students will learn the value of equine assisted activities and therapies for persons with disabilities and understand the handling, selection and care of the therapy horse. The range of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities encountered within equine assisted activities and therapies programs will be discussed, and the roles of personnel and professionals that are associated with equine assisted activities and therapies programs will be identified. Instructor: C. Petitto

Principles of Therapeutic Horsemanship II (A&VS 426, 3 credits, SPRING ONLY): The objective of this course is for students to expand their knowledge of equine assisted activities and therapies based on their learning from AFCS 493H. Professional criteria needed for becoming a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) registered certified riding instructor is emphasized. Instructor: C. Petitto

Careers in the Equine Industry (A&VS 372, 3 credits, SUMMER ONLY, ONLINE):
This course provides an in-depth understanding of the careers available in the equine industry including sales, consulting, management, research, extension and more! Students will learn how to complete internship and job searches in this diverse field, how to write effective cover letters, resumes and thank you letters, interview skills and prepare them to enter the job market. This course will be conducted over eCampus, including live chats with professionals already working in the equine industry. Instructor: C. Smith

Volunteerism in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (A&VS 481, 1-6 credits, SUMMER ONLY): This course provides students of an understanding of the integral role of the volunteer in the equine assisted activities and therapies fields. Instructor: C. Petitto

Practicum for Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification (A&VS 482, 3 cr., SUMMER ONLY):
This course is designed for potential therapeutic riding instructors interested in pursuing certification within the guidelines of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). PR: AVS 481. Instructor: C. Petitto