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Equestrian Studies

Students interested in horses will find the equine minor a perfect fit for pursuing their professional or recreational goals in the equine industry.

The selection of equine courses creates a strong working knowledge essential to any individual preparing for the horse industry. The minor emphasizes horses, allowing it to accompany many majors including but not limited to: biology, business, education, and criminal justice.

A student who graduates from Thiel College with an equine minor will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts in the equine industry
  • Select appropriate horses for specific disciplines based on conformation, breed and behavior
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of techniques to supplement training and problem solving
  • Account for the body systems in order to maximize equine performance, longevity and health
  • Recognize common issues that may arise with horses’ health and soundness
  • Judge a class of breed specific horses based on conformation

Minor Requirements (18CH)

  • EQIN 150 Introduction to Equine Science (3CH)
  • EQIN 210 Equine Behavior (3CH)
  • EQIN 220 Equine Nutrition and Feeding (3 CH)
  • EQIN 230 Equine Profiling and Conformation (3 CH)
  • EQIN 110 Equine Groundwork (3 CH)


  • EQIN 240 Equine Biomechanics (3CH)
  • EQIN 250 Equine Exercise Physiology (3 CH)
  • EQIN 120 Equine Riding (3 CH)

Thiel Major – Equine Industry Career Possibilities

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education/Special Education
  • Information Systems
  • Media/Journalism
  • Physical Therapy, Psychology
  • Pre-Vet
  • Sociology/Public Relations
  • Theology and Youth Ministry
  • Geneticist or nutrition/pharmaceutical rep.
  • Equine facility manager or show manager
  • Equine software and programmer
  • Mounted police officer
  • Instructor, equine trainer or mental therapy
  • Equine web design
  • Equine writer or editor
  • Equine assisted physical or social therapy
  • Veterinary with equine emphasis
  • Humane Society manager
  • Youth equine camp director