Equine Production and Management

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Applied Science

Nature of Program

This two-year career degree program enables the student to obtain practical knowledge and experience in the equine industry, including the study of business, equine care, and associated services. The curriculum concentrates on equine health, management, nutrition, reproduction, selection and training. Students gain much practical and hands on experience working with the college’s American Quarter Horse herd on the Potomac State College farms.

Career Opportunities

Students selecting this two-year degree program prepare for employment as farm or stable manager, breed associate representative, feed salesman, breeding manager, horse trainer, racing official, riding instructor, horse show management, nutrition technician and various other positions available in the equine industry.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (4)3
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (GEF 1)3
MATH 121Intro Concepts Of Mathematics (GEF 3)3
Select one of the following (GEF 2):4
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
AGRL 111Professions in Agriculture (eq. WVUe 191)1
AGRL 112Professions in Agriculture1
AGEE 110Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education3
ANPR 338Horse/Livestock/Poultry Evaluation3
ARE 110Agribusiness Accounting3
ARE 204Agribusiness Management3
or SAGE 215 Agricultural Marketing
or SAGE 280 Principles of Ag Entrepreneurship
A&VS 251Principles of Animal Science4
BTEC 107Business Communications3
EQST 101Introduction to Equine Science3
EQST 105Equine Safety and Behavior3
EQST 115Riding Basics1
EQST 120Introduction to Horsemanship and Training4
EQST 230Advanced Horsemanship and Training4
EQST 240Equine Facilities and Stable Management4
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science (GEF 8)4
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3AGRL 1121
MATH 121 (GEF 3)3BTEC 1073
EQST 1013BIOL 101 or 102 (GEF 2)3
EQST 1053BIOL 103 or 104 (GEF 2)1
EQST 1151ANPR 3383
AGRL 111 (eq. WVUe 191)1EQST 1204
 14 15
Second Year
AGEE 1103ARE 204, SAGE 215, or SAGE 2803
ARE 1103A&VS 2514
EQST 2304EQST 2404
PLSC 206 (GEF 8)4Elective3
GEF 4 (PSYC 101 Recommended)3 
 17 14
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

equine production and management

  1. Graduates will acquire a high level of competency in the basic sciences required for disciplinary competency.
  2. Graduates will integrate basic knowledge and managerial skills related to the animal, nutritional and food sciences disciplines.
  3. Graduates will acquire sufficient written and oral communication skills, problem solving and critical thinking skills to effectively impact lifelong societal and professional developments critical to their respective discipline of interest.
  4. Graduates will attain depth of knowledge relative to the scope of subfield of the animal and nutritional sciences related to animal production, management and marketing



  • Dr. Heidi B. Samuels - Ed.D.
    West Virginia University

Equine Program Coordinator & Teaching Instructor

  • Jared Miller - M.S.
    Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutritional Sciences