Ohio State University

is located in Columbus, Ohio, and offers a professional Doctoral degree (DVM) through its College of Veterinary Medicine. The College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the largest in the U.S. and offers comprehensive care to residents Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virgina. The Galbreath Equine Research Center is a nationally recognized research, treatment, and teaching facility for equine care.

Ohio State also offers a B.S. in Animal Science with an Equine Empahsis as well as an Equine Science Minor.

The course work includes: Stable Management, Equine Behavior and Training I-II, Equine Selection and Evaluation, Equine Feeds and Feeding, Equine Facilities Marketing and Management, Equine Reproduction, and Equine Genetics.

The Ohio State Equine Center houses 40-50 Quarter Horses, Indoor and Outdoor Arenas, Foaling Stalls with cameras, and classrooms. See the Facilities Page. Among the services offered are Boarding, Reproduction, and Training Services.

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) is located in Wooster, Ohio, and offers two-year degrees. The A.S. in Horse Science is transferable should the student so decide to do so.

The A.S. in Horse Science course work includes: Horsemanship and Equitation I-II, Horse Breeding and Selection, Horse Health, Judging Fiiting Showing and Classifying Horses, Horse Production and Management, Equine Reproduction Management, and Farriering.

As a land grant university, Ohio State is base for USDA Extension 4-H Program. The OSU Extension 4-H Horse Program provides a number of educational and competitive programs for young riders.

Ohio State offers (at the Columbus Flagship Campus two competitive Equestrian Teams: Hunt Seat and Western.

See the OSU Equine Program Page.

Lake Erie College is located in Painesville, Ohio, and offers a nationally recognized equestrian program offering five (5) separate equine degree majors and a Minor in Equine Studies. Students may earn a B.S. in Equine Studies with the following majors or concentrations:

Equine Business and Facility Management: Equine Entrepreneurship; Equestrian Teacher/Training; Therapeutic Horsemanship Concentration' Stud Farm Management Concentration.

The course work includes: Accounting Principles, Fundamentals of Enterprise, New Venture Planning and Development, Equine Nutrition, Equine Lameness and Conditioning, Management of Equestrian Activities (undre USSJA/ESDF Rules), Riding Skills I-III (Flat and Fences), Pasture Management, Equine Reproduction, Stud Farm Management Practiuum, Introduction to Teaching Riding, Methods of Teaching I-II, Hunter I, Dressage, Stadium Jumping, and Eventing.

Facilities include a 100 x 225 Indoor Arena with seating for 1,000. There are also outdoor Dressage Arenas and a Hunt Course woth cross-country obstacles.

Lake Eries offers competitive Hunt Seat, Dressage, Western, and Combined Training. The College also holds an annual Prix de Ville to permit competition under FEI Rules. See the Lake Erie

Teams and Events Page.

For more information about the Lake Erie Program, Horses, and Faculty, see the Lake Erie Equine Studies Program.

The University of Findlay is located in Findlay, Ohio, and offers five degree options and a Minor through the University's Equine Studies Program. The degree options are: A.A. with Western Emphasis, A.A. with English Emphasis, B.S. Western Emphasis, B.S English Emphasis, and a B.S. in Equine Business Management.

The emphasis in the English and Western Programs is on Riding and Training and students ride five days per week at Findlay.

Course work includes: Equine Selection and Judging (English and Wetsern), Equine Science, Equine Nutrition, Equine Reproduction, Fundamentals of Horse Handling and Training, Colt Training I-II, Farm and Stable Management, Intermediate and Advanced Training Techniques, Equine Marketing, Professional Horse Show Practicuum, and Equine Law.

The University couples the Equestrian Programs with a number of available Internship Opportunities. Internships are available in a number of areas including Breeding Facilities, Stables, Publishing, Event Planning, Education, Marketing, and Veterinary Services.

The University has excellent Facilities including a 32 acres English Center and 150 acre Western and Pre-Veterinarian Center. In total, Findlay has over 300 stalls, five indoor arenas, and over 400 horses. See the University's Facilities' Page.

The University also offers a competitive Dressage Team, English (Hunt Seat) Team, Western Team, and Equestrian Judging Team. The Teams have been very successful in producing National Team Chamionships as well as Individual Championships.

Otterbein University is located in Westerville, Ohio, and, through its Department of Equine Science, offers a B.S. in Equine Pre-Veterinary Medicine, a B.S. in Equine Veterinary Technology, B.S. in Equine Business Management, and a Minor in Equine Studies.

The Equine Business Management Degree includes study in Facility Design, Equine Marketing, Legal Aspects of Equine Busiensses, and a Practicuum in Cross Country Course Building. Students in this program are encouraged to select a Minor in Business, Management, or pre-MBA.

The Equine Veterinary Technology Degree includes studies at Columbus State Community College (standard Veterinary Technology studies), courses through Otterbein's Equine Center to learn equine-related skills, and a clinicaa practicuum and rounds at the Ohio State University Teaching Hospital (including hematology, microbiology, surgical techniques, and anesthesia.) The student will earn an A.A.S. from Columbus State Community College and a B.S. from Otterbein.

The Pre-Veterinarion Degree focuses on Equine Health, Nutrition, Disease, Physiology and Function, Anatomy, and related science courses. Farrier stduies are also included in the Pre-Vet Program.

Otterbein also offers several Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Dressage and Hunt Seat courses.

Otterbein's facilities are housed at its Center for Equine Studies sitting on 80 acres and includes a 90 x 270 Indoor Arena with spectator seating. The Center has a 52 stall barn that includes classrooms, reception area, and offices.

Of note about the Otterbein Facilities is the urban location. The City of Westerville, just miles from downtown Columbus, has been named a "One of the Best Places to Live" in the U.S. by popular magazines. In developing the Equine Facilities with this suburban area, Otterbein has committed to several "Best Practices" in the management of equine facilities including pasture management, manure handling, and water quality management.

A Photo Tour of the Facility is available here.

Otterbein offers competitive Hunt Seat, Dressage, and Eventing Teams. See the Equestrian Teams' Page.

Tiffin University is located in Tiffin, Ohio, an offers, through its School of Business, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with an Equine Business Management Concentration.

The course work includes: Accounting, Business Finance, Business Law, Managerial Accounting, Management of the Equine Environment, Equine Health and Disease Prevention, Equine Nutrition, Functional Anatomy, Small Business Management, and the Business of Sport.

Tiffin offers competitive Hunt Seat and Western Equestrian Teams. The teams are based at Lane of Dreams Farm.

Wilmington College is located in Wilmington, Ohio, and offers a B.S. in Agriculture with an Equine Studies Concentraion and a Minor in Equine Studies.

Course work includes: Equine Health and Disease, Equine Reproduction, Anatomy and Conformation, Horsemanship and Training I-II, Equine Performance Events, Practical Horse Feeding, and Topics in Equine Studies.

Facilities include an Indoor Arena, new 28-stall barn, Outdoor Arena, and plans for a new barn. The College offers competitive Hunt Seat and Western Teams. A Rodeo Club is offered on a non-competitive basis.

See the Wilington College Equine Studies Program Page.

Ohio University Southern is located in Ironton, Ohio, and offers an A.A.S. in Equine Studies plus two Certificate Programs. Although no Bachelor's Degree is offered, the University offers a remarkable range of courses in support of its A.A.S. degree and does so through four Emphasis Tracks: Riding Instructor, Assistant Trainer, Farm Management and Farm Business, and Pre-Veterinary.

The University also offers Certificate Level I and Certificate Level II in Therapeutic Riding.

Course work includes: Basic Equine Horse Care, Basic Horse Handling, Practical Experience in Commercial Equine Farm Management I-III, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Riding (Western and English), Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Equine Nutrition, Equine Evaluation and Selection, Teaching Techniques, Busienss Law, Commercial Equine Facility Design and Management, Horse Show and Event Management, Microeconomics, Financial Accounting, Management, Marketing, Business Computers, Therapeutic Riding, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Equestrian Teaching Methods, Equine Assisted Intervention Methods, and Group Dynamics.

The University is ideally located just minutes from the Ohio Horse Park. The 200 acre facility hosts numerous horse shows, has two indoor arenas, an oustide arena and classroom space. University riding classes also take place here.

The University also offers a competitive Western Equestrian Team.

Hocking College is located in Nelsonville, Ohio, and offers three equine-related Associate Degrees: A.A.S. in Equine Health and Contemporary Therapies; A.A.S. in Wilderness Horsemanship; and an Associate of Technical Study in Farrier Science and Business.

The Equine Health and Contemporary Therapies Program course work includes: Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Equine Nutrition and Supplements, Equine Business Management, Equine Health Care, Equine Marketing and Brochure Development, Equine Massage, Equine Accupressure, Equine Reproduction, and Broodmare and Foal Care. See the Equine Health and Contemporary Therapies Page

The Wilderness Horsemanship Program course work includes: Horse Care Handling, Wilderness Riding, Leathercraft, Chainsaw Operation, Farm Equipment Operation and Maintenance, Trail Maintenance, Primitive Tools, Horse Packing, Wilderness First Responder, First Aid, and Colt Training. See the Wilderness Horsemanship Program Page.

The Farrier Program course work includes: Horseshowing I-IV, Forge I-II, Corrective Shoeing and Gait Analysis, and Equine Anatomy and Physiology. See the Farrier Science and Business Page.

Oberlin College is located in Oberlin, Ohio. The College does not offer an equine degree program, but does have competitive Hunt Seat, Western, and Dressage Teams. See the Teams' Page.


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