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The equine industry is as diverse and interesting as the incredible animals you will work with in our program.
Centenary University’s Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies will provide you with a comprehensive background in the care and management of horses. As an Equine Studies major, you will have the opportunity to choose from one or more of the following degrees:
B.S. in Equine Studies
In our core degree program, you’ll study fundamental theories in riding, facilities management, wellness, nutrition, and judging. Equine Studies provides you with a comprehensive foundation in the care and management of horses and equine facilities.
B.S. in Equine Studies: Equestrian Media and Public Relations
In addition to your foundational work in Equine Studies, this concentration in Equestrian Media & Public Relations provides you with courses such as Business Management, Social Media Marketing, and Writing for the Digital World. Media experience prepares you with career options in the equine industry.
B.S. in Equine Studies: Equine Assisted Services
You’ll learn to provide safe and effective equine-assisted services (EAS) to children and adults with disabilities, veterans, older adults, and youth with increased risk factors. This concentration also prepares you for a career in non-profit program administration, including equine, volunteer, and program management for the EAS-industry. As a component of this degree, you will fulfill all hands-on requirements for the PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) and prepare for the CTRI examination.
B.S. in Equine Studies: Equine Business Management
The addition of core business management courses as a concentration in Equine Studies positions you for a leadership position managing an equine business, or further your education with an MBA.
B.S. in Equine Studies: Equine Training & Instruction
Your love of riding and teaching can foster excellence in the riding community with this concentration in Equine Training & Instruction. You’ll become prepared and equipped to educate the next generation of riders and horsemen.
B.S. in Equine Science
Equine Science provides you with a strong foundation in the care and management of horses plus science components such as biology and chemistry. You’ll go further with animal physiology and behavior, equine veterinary experience, musculoskeletal systems & therapies, and breeding management.
B.S. in Animal Health (Equine Pre-Veterinary Track)
An interdisciplinary degree through equine studies and natural and health sciences, this program immerses you in hands-on veterinary medicine, using the horse as a model to teach veterinary concepts, techniques, and technical skills. You’ll work directly with the staff veterinarian to accrue veterinary hours. The major prepares you for a future in veterinary sciences and satisfies all prerequisites for admission to veterinary programs in the continental United States.
You’ll take the same introductory level courses during your freshman year and choose a degree during your sophomore year. The Equine Studies curriculum covers topics including:
- riding theory and training concepts
- facility design and management
- equine systems and disorders
- equine business management.
Our equine faculty consists of veterinarians, USEF judges and stewards, equine nutritionists, course designers, show managers, attorneys, trainers, and a PATH Advanced Instructor. Many hold advanced degrees in science, business, or education.
Centenary’s nationally recognized Equestrian Center offers both academic classes and riding instruction. Located on 65 acres of picturesque, preserved farmland, the Equine Center is about seven miles from our main campus.
The Equine Studies Department regularly hosts Zoom discussions for prospective students of both the Equine Studies and Animal Health programs, two of these discussions have recently been recorded for your viewing convenience. Just click on the following links to watch!
A Career with Horses
In addition to its strong academic foundation, Centenary’s Equine Studies program places an emphasis on real-world experiences. Internships are available at breeding and training stables, veterinary practices and clinics, therapeutic riding programs, equine publications, pharmaceutical companies, public relations and marketing firms, and lesson facilities.
Our graduates routinely find employment with top equestrian centers and equine organizations in the United States and beyond. In recent years, graduates have gone on to work at organizations including Spruce Meadows, Zoetis, CWD, Devocoux, Horse Flight, Brook Ledge, The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Breyer, Smart Pak, B.W. Furlong and Associates, and beyond.
You’ll find our Equine Studies majors working in positions ranging across the equine industry including the following:
A Program for All
Centenary’s Equine Studies program offers a number of opportunities for your varied needs and interests:
- A 16-credit Equine Studies minor covering topics including:
- Equine health
- Centenary is an approved training center for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International
- 10 credit elective that leads to PATH International therapeutic riding instructor certification
- Riding classes for Non- equine students
- The opportunity to board a horse at the Equestrian Center
Internships & Jobs
Our students are often placed in unique learning opportunities through our internship program. The following is a list of the more popular internships offered.
- B.W. Furlong and Associates
- Chronicle of the Horse
- Haygard Equine Medical Institute
- HITS Horse Shows
- Kentucky Equine Management
- Running S Equine Veterinary Services
- US Equestrian Federation (USEF)
- United States Equestrian Team (USET)
- United States Hunter/Jumper Association (USHJA)
- Zoetis Pharmaceuticals
Many other organizations, Hunter/Jumper professionals, and Dressage professionals.
Riding equipment is necessary for all Equine Studies majors, minors, and elective riders. All items listed are required unless noted as optional.
The Equestrian Center Handbook outlines the policies and procedures that all Equine majors, minors, and elective enrollees in equine related courses are expected to follow.
In order to help each rider succeed and progress, and ensure the safety of our students and horses while doing so, each student in the riding program will be required to complete the Equestrian Health and Fitness Declaration Form.
Read "Riding In College: An Enriching Experience" and "Reflections of a Team Captain". Both articles feature Centenary University and our fine Equestrian Athletes.