New Mexico State University

is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and offers a B.S. in Animal Science with an empahsis on Horse Production and Management.

Course work includes: Introduction to Horse Science, Horse Evaluation, Horse Fitting and Selling, Management of Equine Operations, Feeds and Feeding, Equine Reproduction Management, and Applied Horsemanship I-II.

Facilities include an Equestrian Center with classrooms, offices, and a tack room. There are outside arenas and a new arena with seating for 1,000 is currently under construction. It will house concessions, bathrooms, and press facilities, and is designed for heating and cooling.

The University maintains a resident herd of approximately 85-100 horses.

As a land grant university, New Mexico State houses the USDA Extension 4-H Program in New Mexico. The 4-H Program sponsers a Horse School , a four day event for Youths, Parents, and Adult Leaders held at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. The 4-H Rodeo Program is very well-organized and state competition standings are reported.

NMSU offers a Rodeo Team plus a competitive Equestrian Team and competitive Horse Judging Team.

Luna Community College is located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, offers an A.A.S, in General Agriculture and a Certificate in Equine Science.

The A.A.S. degree in General Agriculture permits students to choose electives from six equine courses: Equine Behavior Practices, Equine Health and Nutrition, Equine Anatomy and Physiology I-II, Equine Genetics and Equine Business Management.

The Certificate Program adds (to the General Agriculture electives): Equine Internship, Stable Management I-II, and Fundamentals of Horsemanship.

Mesalands Community College is located in Tucumari, New Mexico, and offers an A.A.S in Squine Science, an A.A.S. in Farrier Science, and a Certificate in Farrier Science.

Course work includes: Introduction to Animal Science, Equine Anatomy, Entrepreneurial Business, Horsemanship, Equine Management, Horseshoeing Theory I-II, Horseshoeing Laboratory I-II, Blacksmithing I, Farrier Craftsmanship Therapeutics, Lameness Physiology, Internship in Farrier Science, and Welding.

The College has a competition Rodeo Arena next to the college and the facilities include barns, stalls, and the farrier Building wioth forges.

The co-ed Rodeo Team competes intercollegiately and Rodeo Courses are available for the Rodeo Team as well as non-team members, including: Fundamentals of Rodeo, Intermediate and Advanced Rodeo Techniques, and Applied Rodeo Techniques.

New Mexico Junior College is located in Hobbs, New Mexico. The College does not offer an equine degree program, but does have a competitive, co-ed Rodeo Team.

New Mexico Highlands University is located in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The University does not offer an equine degree program, but does offer a co-ed competitive Rodeo Team.

Eastern New Mexico University is located in Portales, New Mexico. The University offers a B.S. in Animal Science but has no equine degree or emphasis. It does offer a coed, competitive Rodeo Team


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