Equine / Horse Production

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Take the reins on a new career

TVCC's Equine Science and Horse Production program is designed to give you real-world experience working with these incredible animals. In our program, you'll work directly with horses, and most of your education takes place in barns, on the ranch, or in the arena. Our approach not only help you be more successful obtaining employment and a career working in the equine industry, but we've found it also appeals to students who prefer getting out of the traditional classroom setting. Combine the skills and love you have for horses with a program that will help you gain even more knowledge and expertise. 

 

Degrees and Certificates

Discover your options


Equine Business
AAS - Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Science degree in Equine Business prepares student for a wide variety of careers in Equine Business Management including Equine Business Owner/Manager, Equine Facility Manager, Equine Riding Instructor and Equine Breeding operations. The program combines theory with practical skills required for daily equine management operations and other equine supply and service businesses.

Horse Production
AAS - Associate of Applied Science

This program prepares students for a variety of careers in horse production including horse trainer, horse breeder, farrier, and small ranch operator. The program combines theory with practical skills needed for daily horse ranch operations. Students will learn the foundations of equine production practices as well as have hands-on experience working with ranch livestock. This degree is designed for students wishing to directly enter the workforce. It is not designed for transfer to a four-year institution, although some coursework may be transferable. Students who wish to transfer coursework are strongly encouraged to work closely with their TVCC advisor to develop a transfer plan and to identify and contact an advisor at their chosen transfer institution. A minimum of 90 credits and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 are needed to graduate with a degree.

Performance Horse Marketing & Sales Specialist
CERT - Career Pathways Certificate

This Career Pathway Certificate of Completion is completed during the second year and will provide students with the foundation skills required to develop a performance horse for trail, ranch, reining, or rodeo and as an entry level manager or trainee in a horse production business.

Ranch Animal Technician
CERT - Career Pathways Certificate

This Pathways Certificate will prepare the student for entry level positions in agriculture. The successful student will possess applied skills in ranch animal production and management including nutrition and reproduction.

Courses

Here's a quick look at some of the classes

Course Schedule for Fall 2019


ANS 107 OA
BASIC HOOF MAINTENANCE
Teaches the basic fundamentals and procedure for shoeing a horse, including tools and safety issues. 

Instructor: Higby, Jared
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: MTWR   6:00PM-9:50PM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 121 CA
INTRO TO ANIMAL SCIENCE
Introduces animal science, offering a foundation in breeds, genetics, nutrition, marketing, management, ration formulation and facilities planning. 

Instructor: Porter, Sandra
Location: Caldwell Center
Credits: 4.00
Schedule: MWF   7:45AM-8:50AM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 121 OA
INTRO TO ANIMAL SCIENCE
Introduces animal science, offering a foundation in breeds, genetics, nutrition, marketing, management, ration formulation and facilities planning. 

Instructor: Porter, Sandra
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 4.00
Schedule: MWF   7:45AM-8:50AM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 144 OA
RANCH ROPING
This course will cover the skills and knowledge needed to be safe, efficient and keep low stress on cows, horses and people when using a rope on the ranch. 

Instructor: Black, Wade
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: MTWRFSU      11/11/2019-11/17/2019

ANS 151 OA
BUILDING AND STABLE MANAGEMENT
Covers the practical application of designing and managing a stable for all ages of horses. 

Instructor: Pearson, Drew
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 1.00
Schedule: W   8:00AM-8:50AM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 181 OA
FUNDAMENTALS OF EQUESTRIAN SKILLS
Teaches the basic fundamentals of horsemanship and safety issues when handling horses while saddling, bridling, mounting, dismounting and riding. 

Instructor: Black, Wade
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 2.00
Schedule: TR   5:00PM-7:50PM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 192 OA
HORSEMANSHIP
Teaches the basic fundamentals of horsemanship and safety issues when handling horses while saddling, bridling, mounting, dismounting and riding. Provides the background to move on to other avenues of the horse world. 

Instructor: Black, Wade
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: MW   12:30PM-2:50PM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 192 OA
HORSEMANSHIP
Teaches the basic fundamentals of horsemanship and safety issues when handling horses while saddling, bridling, mounting, dismounting and riding. Provides the background to move on to other avenues of the horse world. 

Instructor: Black, Wade
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: F   12:30PM-2:20PM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 192 OB
HORSEMANSHIP
Teaches the basic fundamentals of horsemanship and safety issues when handling horses while saddling, bridling, mounting, dismounting and riding. Provides the background to move on to other avenues of the horse world. 

Instructor: Black, Wade
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: MWF   3:00PM-5:20PM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 200 OA
LIVESTOCK SKILLS
Presents the proper techniques of basic livestock skills, such as branding, implanting, and heat synchronization. Stresses livestock handling, sanitation, facility design, quality beef assurance, and personal safety. Includes skills demonstrated by a qualified veterinarian. 

Instructor: Higby, Jared
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: TR   1:00PM-4:20PM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 216 OA
BEEF PREGNANCY TESTING
Teaches proper techniques for checking beef cows for pregnancy. Discusses anatomy and physiology of cows, the estrus cycle, and a review of diseases associated with reproduction. Much of the class taught in the "field" under actual ranch conditions. Lab required 44 hrs, TBA with instructor. 

Instructor: Porter, Sandra
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: MTWRF      11/11/2019-11/15/2019

ANS 220 OA
INTRO TO HORSE PRODUCTION
Introduces various breeds of horses and their characteristics, including anatomy of the skeletal and muscular system, and parts of the horse and their functions. Discusses the maintenance and purchase of horse equipment, including bits, bridles, grooming supplies, and saddles. 

Instructor: Black, Wade
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: TR   8:00AM-9:20AM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 231 OA
INTRO TO LIVESTOCK EVALUATION
Covers, in depth, basic fundamentals of livestock evaluation and selection of cattle, sheep, swine and goats for herd replacement and market. Teaches students to "see" differences between two or more animals in the areas of structure, muscle, capacity/volume, femininity/masculinity, and eye appeal. 

Instructor: Porter, Sandra
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: T   10:00AM-11:50AM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 278 OA
PRINCIPLES OF ANIMAL BREEDING
Covers reproduction anatomy of male and female livestock, and basic genetic terms and principles. Teaches students to design a breeding program utilizing EPD's and performance data based on different breeding systems used in today's livestock operations. Course Note: 22 hr lab required, TBA with instructor. 

Instructor: Porter, Sandra
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: MWF   10:00AM-10:50AM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019

ANS 297 OA
WORKING COW-HORSE
Prepares a student to train a horse for all aspects of ranching, including cattle sorting, gate work, packing, and roping. Prerequisite: ANS 192. 

Instructor: Black, Wade
Location: Ontario Campus
Credits: 3.00
Schedule: TR   12:00PM-3:20PM   9/30/2019-12/13/2019