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Career & Technical Education


Equine Science

Robert Boshart, Instructor

Jay A. DeTraglia, Director

Michael DiMezza, Coordinator

Phone:    (518) 736-4330

FAX:        (518) 736-4331

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In the two-year Equine Science program, students acquire knowledge and develop the skills essential for success in equine-related careers while also preparing them for college studies. Students are instructed in all aspects of horse care, breaking, and training for show and pleasure. Students receive riding instruction, including Equitation, both English and Western, and basic jumping.

Hands on skill-based education will enable our students to work with horses in all aspects of the industry. Students in the first year of the program are at the stables three days per week, and are in the classroom two days for theory. Second year students are at the stables four days per week, and spend one day in the classroom for theory.

There are opportunities for internship and work study for students to obtain career readiness experience.

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Program Objectives:

Students will acquire skills essential for entry-level employment and/or college

Students will recognize and demonstrate safe horse handling techniques

Students will understand basic training and behavior of horses

Students will be able to demonstrate basic equestrian care skills

Students will have an understanding of various employment opportunities in equine related industries

Elements of Course Content:

Introduction to Therapeutic Riding
Equine Nutrition
Farm management
Equine Lameness/Health and First Aid
Equitation Riding
Breaking and Training of Horses
Equine Reproduction
Harnessing and Driving
Equine Anatomy and Physiology
Horse Psychology

Required Program Components:

Respect safety practices for animals/staff/peers
Proper attire
Ability to participate in physically rigorous activity
Willing to work in all weather conditions
Internship participation
Cumulative portfolio
Daily performance participation

Essential Skills for Success:

Excellent attendance
Work independently
Ability to follow multi-step instructions
Teamwork skills
Complete written work on time
Ability to accept constructive instruction
Interest in and awareness of working with animals

Career Paths:

Riding instructor
Farm manager
Breeding farm manager
Veterinary assistant
Equine dentist
Track/show barn groom
Equine massage Therapist
Therapeutic riding

Related Technical and College Studies:

Veterinary technician
Performance horse training
Harness trainer
Equine racing
Equine breeding
Equine management
Thoroughbred management
Horse farm management

Articulation Agreements exist with the following colleges/universities:

Cazenovia College
Merideth Manor University, VA
SUNY Cobleskill
SUNY Morrisville
University of Vermont
William Woods University, MO

Learn more about Articulation Agreements

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