MICHIGAN EQUINE PROGRAMS



Michigan State University



is a pioneer land grant university located in East Lansing, Michigan. The University offers a B.S. in Animal Science with an Equine emphasis. Coursework includes Anatomy, Introduction to Horse Management, Equine Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Genetics. See the

Additionally, the University offers, through its Instutute of Agricultural Technology, a Certificate in Horse Management. The Certificate Program at MSU is two years in length and course work include Equine Nutrition, a Horse Management Clerkship, Horse Judging, Methods of Instructing Safe Horsemanship, and Reproduction. Horse Management Brochure.

MSU also offers a College of Veterinary Medicine that offers a professional Veterinary (DVM) degree. The

Equine Hospital sees about 3,000 horses per year and offers a full range of equine medical services. The Equine Hospital also provides a Seminar Page that provides free information and educational materials on a number of equine health issues, all accessible on the Internet.
Located in conjunction with the Veterinary College is the state-of-the-art Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center. The Center continues impressive research into equine gait analysis.

MSU Equine Facilities offer a Show Barn, Reproduction Barn, Indoor Arena and two Quarantine Barns. MSU also maintains an Arabian herd as well other horses and draft horses.

Michigan State offers several competitive equine teams: Rodeo; Dressage; Equestrian Team (Hunt Seat and Stock); and Horse Judging.
It is in its role as a pioneering land grant university that Michigan State sparkels in the operation of its USDA Extension and 4-H Program. The Extension Equine Program at MSU operates as My Horse University. The My Horse University (MHU) Program has pertnered with top equine publications ( for example, EQUUS, Practical Horseman, Dressage Today, Horse and Rider); the MSU Department of Animal Scionce and College of Veterinary Medicine; as well as corporate sponsors such as Purina Mills and Tractor Supply. The MHU EXPERTS are selected from leading equine universities and colleges to help develop content for MHU.

The impressive result is creation of Online courses (Premier Courses and Short Courses) available anywhere you have Internet access taht can be completed in a flexible time frame. Premier Courses are typically $200.00 and Short Courses typically $25-$50.00. Completion of each course from nationally comes with a Certificate. Additional learning products are available as CD's and books. Students may also achieve USDF Accreditation online.

More information about MHU and its courses is available on the MHU You Tube Channel. MHU also offers a number of free Webcasts. These Webcasts are both archived from previous shows and ongoing with upcoming webcasts. They cover a wide range of equine topics from Colic to Nutrition to management. The Webcasts provide Internet access to information from recognozed experts.

MHU also offers a free e-newsletter, The E-Quine Expert.

The MSU Extension Program also provides borad support to the Michigan 4-H Program and the 4-H Horse and Pony Program. The Program offers awards, achievement, and MSU offers support in numerous ways, including publications. See, for example, Using Learning Style Preferences To Teach More Effective Riding Lessons.


Andrews University is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and is the leading Adventist university in the world. The University offers a B.S. in Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis. Course work includes Production and Management of Horses, Equine Exercise and Physiology, and Advanced Equine Management.


Albion College is located in Albion, Michigan. and is a well-regarded four year liberal arts college. The College does not offer an equine degree program, but does offer a wide-ranging equestrian program.

The Equestrian Program is anchored by the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center. The Held center offers 340 acres, an Indoor Arena, Outdoor Arena, grass jumping area and 79 stalls (12' x 12').

The Held Center is BHS approved and students may earn a B.A. from Albion and their British Horse Society Certification.

Albion offers competitive Equestrian teams in Hunt Seat, Dressage, and Stock Seat (Western). See the Equestrian Teams' Page.






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