The horse industry in Iowa is growing faster than ever before. From activities surrounding horse breeding, showing, racing, housing, training, riding and care, it employs more than 2,100 people and accounts for millions in revenue each year. The economic impact from horse breeding and owning is doing much to support our state’s ag-centric economy, and we need you to play an important part in making this message heard.
The Equine Science program is within the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Equine Science emphasizes management issues related to the care of a horse. Students have the opportunity to be involved with horses from conception to sale. Student learn the science of breeding mares, foaling out mares and preparing the yearlings for sale. The senior capstone course teaches the business of horses as well as nutritional management of a herd.
Clearly, horses were essential to the development and operation of the Institution from the beginning. There is no record of a barn being built specifically for horses until 1870, however. Photographs suggest that some of the early structures were probably used for horses as well as cattle.
The equine program is within the Department of Animal Science and a specialized option, Equine Management, is available for students. The Department of Animal Science Undergraduate Program intends for its graduates to be able to explain the symbiotic relationship of animals and humans, to contribute to the solution of complex problems of animal enterprise management, and to apply their knowledge and skills in a technically demanding global community. Graduates of our program will be knowledgeable about sustainable animal production practices that also ensure animal health and well-being and stewardship of natural resources.