Dodge City Community College – Equine Science Program

Lisa R. Parker

The Dodge City Community College is a two year public community college that offers associate’s degrees in several many different areas of study. Dodge City Community College is located in Dodge City Kansas and offers different degrees in equine science.

The equine science program was developed in 1979 for students who are interested in vocational are recreational experiences with horses. The classes in the equine science program include horsemanship, breaking and training, breeding, stable management, and health and nutrition. Students are also able to participate in internships, showing, judging and several other activities.

There are different levels of horsemanship classes available for beginning riders all the way through advanced skill building classes. Classes are limited in size so that students can focus on more hands on activities. Horsemanship I (Beginning Horsemanship) is designed for the beginning or novice rider. Students who enroll in this class may have some riding experience or no experience at all. Students are taught the basics of horsemanship and safety. This program also offers intermediate horsemanship for riders that have more horsemanship experience. Students in this class should feel comfortable riding a large variety of different horses. The last horsemanship class that is offered is advanced horsemanship. This class is for students who have a great deal of previous horsemanship experience. These individuals have had extensive previous coaching and skill development in at least one aspect of horsemanship (like rodeo or showing) and are looking to further expand their horsemanship skills and knowledge.

Another class that is offered at Dodge City Community College is breaking and training. These classes are designed to aid students in training horses for their own enjoyment or as a career. Students who enroll in these classes should have, at a minimum, intermediate horsemanship skills. Students will have hands on learning experiences and will assist in training multiple horses at various levels of training.

Students who are interested in the breeding aspect of the equine industry can enroll in some of the many breeding classes that are offered. Breeding and foaling classes are offered either on campus or on farm activities in conjunction with internships. These classes are designed to educate students who want to breed their own horses or those students who want to have a vocational experience. The two techniques that are emphasized in this course are artificial insemination and cooled semen.

Students who are more interested in the business side of the equine industry can also take some of the stable management courses that are available. These classes have been developed to educate students in the business aspect of raising foals, training horses, accounting, marketing, business planning and organization, management skills, and insurance and liability.

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of the equine industry. You must be able to properly feed and maintain your horse to maintain their health and give them the best opportunity to learn. The nutrition classes will teach students ration formulation as well as a theory of suitable feeds, diseases of feeding, and least cost analysis.

Students will also learn equine evaluation and selection. The best way for students to do this is by preparing and competing in judging events at shows such as the American Quarter Horse World Show, the National Reining Horse Futurity Show, and the Paint Horse World Show. Students will also be able to complete up to eighteen hours of credit by completing an internship during the spring or summer semesters. Some students will even be allowed to complete an internship during the American Quarter Horse World Show.

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