Horse Roping

The Equine Science program is an option of the 4–year Animal Science degree program. 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 breaking, 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. This program is designed to prepare students for employment in breeding, nutrition, and management of facilities and land, and in allied industries such as sales, feed, tack, and equipment. Students can tailor their program to emphasize science, business, or rangeland or pasture management.

Horse Sale

At MSU in Bozeman, the Rocky Mountains are Your Playground!

Horse trail
  • Gallatin National Forest — Numerous trailheads just 15 minutes from campus
  • Yellowstone Park is only 90 miles away
  • Great fishing, hunting, skiing, and outdoor recreation
  • MSU has a Rodeo Team, Horseman’ s Club and Polo Club
  • Bozeman, Montana is a horse–lover’ s paradise! The area features several outstanding riding and boarding facilities, ranch recreation enterprises, and numerous horse shows

Equine Clubs & Activities

Equine Science Option Degree Requirements

Donate Your Horse to Montana State Unviersity

Montana State University has received donations of some incredible school horses over the years! Those generous donations have taught students from all majors and backgrounds. We pride our program for offering horsemanship classes that are open to everyone at the university, including students from any major and even employees. If you are interested in donating your horse to the program, check out our donation page for more information on requirements and the horse donation application.

Sample Equine Courses