Equine Science Program
Equine Science is an option of the four–year Animal Science degree program designed to prepare students for employment in breeding, nutrition, and management of facilities and land, and in associated industries such as sales, feed, tack, and equipment. As a student in equine science, you can tailor your program to emphasize science, business, or rangeland or pasture management.
This option emphasizes science and technology combined with practical aspects of management, horsemanship and training. The program includes courses in western and English equitation, plus:
- Equine growth, development, reproduction and nutrition
- Business, marketing and management for the equine industry
- Colt starting, horse training and behavior
- Land management for small acreage grazing
- Hands–on learning through internships, research, and projects that fit your special interests
- Well–rounded experience in basic sciences, communication, leadership, ecology and business
Graduates of this program will gain a firm foundation to meet the growing needs of the equine industry.
Examples of Experiential Courses
Students will learn beginning horsemanship information and skills in both English and western disciplines, including tack fit, adjustment, care, part identification, correct rider position in various gaits and styles of riding. Students will work toward securing a balanced seat and use of independent aids while in the walk, jog/sitting trot, posting trot, and lope/canter.
Why MSU Equine Science?
- Indoor heated riding facility at Miller Pavilion
- University–owned herd
- Bozeman Area Research and Teaching (BART) farm: A 400–acre farm less than a mile from campus.
- An affiliated professional horseshoeing school and classroom:
- Low 18:1 student–to–faculty ratio
- Accessible advisors and internship coordinators
Equine Clubs and Activities
- Bobcat Rodeo
- Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team
- MSU Horseman's Club
- MSU Polo Club
- MSU PreVet Club
Donate a Horse to Montana State Unviersity
Horse breeders and owners have generously donated wonderful horses to Montana State University over the years to be used to teach students from diverse majors and backgrounds. We take pride knowing that our horsemanship program offers classes that are open to everyone at the university, including students from any major and even employees. If you are interested in donating a horse to the program, check out our donation page for more information on requirements and the horse donation application.