Iowa State University Equine Program

The equine program at ISU is part of the Animal Science degree program. Students graduate with a BS in Animal Science, which is a 4-year degree. You can find the answers to most of your questions regarding the curriculum for an Animal Science degree at https://www.ans.iastate.edu/undergraduate/curriculum.

The Equine Science program at ISU utilizes the historic horse barns on campus and the newer Equine Learning Center on Mortensen Road. The horse farm allows students to learn and work in a hands-on setting. On campus are historic barns that house two student apartments, an office, a reproduction lab, an equine treadmill, and a classroom used for the teaching program. The Equine Learning Center offers an additional 25 stalls, a lab, a breeding area, and horse pastures.

The University maintains a herd of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred broodmares used in teaching and demonstrations for ISU students, youth, and the public. Also, ISU offers breeding services to the public. The foals produced by the farm are sold privately or in breed-specific public auctions.

Students interested in pursuing a career in the Equine industry can obtain a variety of experiences within ISU’s science-based program. Students can choose from many equine-focused courses and equine-related clubs and may find employment at the ISU equine farm. Riding classes are not offered; however, the University does offer riding opportunities through our IHSA Hunt seat and Western teams. These opportunities are available for all students at ISU, although most are Animal Science majors.

Equine Courses

  • ANS 1160 Practicum in Safe Horse Handling and Welfare. (0-3) Cr. 1. F. Development of best practices for safe horse handling and practical equine health care tasks. The course will focus on equine welfare and human safety and provide training in the necessary everyday skills needed to own a horse or work at a horse farm. Certificate of Safe Equine Handling and Welfare available upon course completion. Offered on satisfactory - fail grading basis only. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

ANS116

ANS 116 Practicum in Safe Horse Handling and Welfare

  • AN S 2160. Equine Science. (2-2) Cr. 3. F. S. Prereq: AN S 1010 or AN S 1140; one course in biology. Introduction to contemporary concepts and basic practices and decisions necessary when managing horses through stages of their lives.

ANS216 Farrier Lab

Rob Zaabel demonstrating hoof trimming in ANS216 Equine Science.

  • AN S 2170. Equine Farm Practicum. (1-2) Cr. 2. F. S. Prereq: Credit or experience equivalent to AnS 1160 and credit or concurrent enrollment in AN S 2160. Intensified management of the equine farm. Provide students with experiential learning in all phases of horse production and management. Students assist with general farm management, horse health care, weekly farm management, and related topics.
  • AN S 3060. Equine Evaluation. Cr. 3. S. Prereq: sophomore classification or permission of instructor. Prereq: sophomore classification or permission of instructor. Detailed visual evaluation of conformation and performance of the equine athlete. Decision-making skills are practiced in the context of making selection choices. Development of written and oral communication skills as students defend their judgments. Industry trends will be addressed.
  • AN S 3130. Exercise Physiology of Animals. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. S. Prereq: AN S 2140, BIOL 2110, one course in chemistry. Physiological adaptations to athletic training in canine and equine athletes. Topics of emphasis include exercise-related adaptations in metabolism, locomotion, the cardiovascular system, the musculoskeletal system, and the endocrine system. The roles of nutrition and conditioning programs are assessed.
  • AN S 3160. Equine Reproduction Lab. (0-6) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in AN S 3310, ANS1160, or Instructor Permission. Reproductive anatomy emphasizes the physiology of normal reproductive function, breeding season management, ways to control and improve reproduction, semen collection, evaluation, processing, artificial insemination, pregnancy testing, parturition in the mare, and foal care.
  • AN S 3170A. Fundamentals of Equine Behavior and Training: Young horses at halter. Cr. 1. F. Modifying the horse's behavior using systematic approaches to horse training emphasizes the psychology of training horses.
  • AN S 3170B. Fundamentals of Equine Behavior and Training: Yearlings. Cr. 3. SS-F. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Modifying the horse's behavior using systematic approaches emphasizes the psychology of training horses: equipment and its use and preparation of horses for competition. A maximum of 4 credits of An S 3170 may be applied toward graduation.

ITBOA Sale

ANS 3107 Student showing a Thoroughbred yearling to a potential buyer at the Iowa Thoroughbred and Breeders Association

  • AN S 3990A. Graded Internship Experience. Cr. 2 to 6.. Cr. arr. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of the instructor. Learning experience focused on professional development for a career related to animal science: Journal, presentation, and creative component.
    • AN S 3990B. Supervised Internship Experience. Cr.arr. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of the instructor. Learning experience focused on professional development for a career related to animal science: Journal, presentation, and creative component.
    • AN S 3990R. Cr. arr. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of internship coordinator. Supervised learning activities consisting of work periods in production agriculture or the agriculture-related industry.
  • AN S 415. Equine Systems Management. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: AN S 2160, AN S 3190, AN S 3200, AN S 3310 Identification and development of financial and production goals in a horse business. Scientific approach to making decisions in managing enterprises in the horse industry.
  • AN S 4900E Independent Study Horses. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors in animal science and dairy science, showing satisfactory preparation for problems chosen. Individual topic conference and preparation of the report. A maximum of 6 credits of An S 490 may be applied toward the total credits required for graduation.
  • AN S 4950. Agricultural Travel Course Preparation. Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S. Prereq: Permission of instructor Limited enrollment. Students enrolled in this course will also register for Agron 4950 and intend to register in Agron 4960 and An S 4960 the following term. Topics will include the agricultural industries, climate, crops, culture, history, livestock, marketing, soils, and preparation for travel to locations to be visited. Information is usually available nine months before departure.
  • AN S 4970. Undergraduate Teaching Experiences in Animal Science. Cr. 1-2. Repeatable, maximum of 4 times. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of instructor Development of oral and written communication skills of technical concepts in animal science. Emphasis on organizational skills, conducting activities, and interpersonal communication skills. Responsibilities in a class under the direct supervision of a faculty member. A maximum of 4 credits of An S 497 may be applied toward graduation.
 
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