Equine Studies Minor

Bachelor’s degree students may earn a minor in any undergraduate discipline designated by the University. A list of minors is available from the advising coordinator in each college or school (or see the program descriptions for each college or school in this catalog). Students must consult with their major adviser and also the minor supervisor. A minor typically consists of 20 credits with C- or better and a 2.0 grade-point average in courses that the minor department approves. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be used for a minor. No more than 8 credits used to satisfy major requirements may be used for the minor. Students should declare an intent to earn a minor as early as possible and no later than the end of the junior year. During the final term, an application should be made to the dean to have the minor shown on the academic record. (UNH Undergraduate Course Catalog 2014)

Minor in Equine Studies

A minor in equine studies consists of a minimum of 20 credits of equine-related animal science (ANSC) courses. A maximum of eight credits may be taken at the 400 level.  In addition, not more than eight credits may be from the TSAS Applied Animal Science program. ANSC 504, Equine Science, MUST be taken. Students must receive a minimum grade of C- in any course used for the minor. Students failing to do this will need to retake the course in order to receive credit. No courses taken on a pass (credit)/fail basis may count toward the minor. See listing below for a list of equine-related Animal Science courses.  Students may petition equine faculty in their junior year to include a course that is not listed.  Students who transfer from other institutions may petition the equine program faculty for course approval. Students who choose both ANSC 500 and ANSC 643 as two of their courses toward the minor in equine studies will be eligible for PATH International therapeutic riding instructor certification.

Students interested in the equine studies minor should contact Elizabeth Boulton, Elizabeth.Boulton@unh.edu.

Students must complete the minor form their final semester at UNH.


Equine related ANSC courses listed in the Undergraduate Catalog include:


ANSC 402 - Horsemanship
Credits: 3.00
For beginning, intermediate, and advanced riders. Basics of balance seat, specializing in basic dressage and combined training. Limited number of students may stable their horses at the University. Special fee. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Lab. Prereq: permission.

ANSC 419 - Horse Power: Transforming and Reflecting Civilization

Credits: 4.00

Students explore the enduring bond between the horse and man and the effect of that bond on civilization by considering: How has the horse and man's use of the horse shaped civilization and contributed to societal change? How has the progress of civilization and societal change affected the horse and how its role in society? What does our use of the horse say about us as individuals and as a society?

This course covers the same material as ANSC 444B but it is NOT writing intensive and does not fulfill an inquiry requirement.  This is an online course offered in the summer.  No special fee.  It does fulfill a humanities discovery requirement.

AAS 434 - Equipment and Facilities Management
C redits: 3.00
Operation of agricultural equipment and maintenance of agricultural facilities as found in New England. Development of the essential skills and technical information needed to manage and supervise agricultural facilities and equipment. 2 lec/1 lab.


ANSC 444B - Horse Power: Transforming and Reflecting Civilization
Credits: 4.00
Students explore the enduring bond between the horse and man and the effect of that bond on civilization by considering: How has the horse and man's use of the horse shaped civilization and contributed to societal change? How has the progress of civilization and societal change affected the horse and how its role in society? What does our use of the horse say about us as individuals and as a society? Writing intensive. Special fee.


ANSC 500 - Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Credits: 4.00

Comprehensive examination of therapeutic riding including types of therapeutic riding and its physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits for clients with a variety of disabilities. Topics include hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, equine-facilitated mental health, youth at risk, therapeutic vaulting, carriage driving, equipment needs/modifications, special considerations for selecting and training the therapy horse, and the role of the volunteer, therapist and instructor. Students have the opportunity to work with horses and riders in the UNH Therapeutic Riding Program during labs, as well as view other programs on mandatory field trips. Special fee.

ANSC 504 - Equine Science
Credits: 4.00
A fundamental equine science course including anatomy, sports medicine, nutrition and preventative care. Students present oral and written journal reviews on equine science topics pertinent to lecture. Prereq: BIOL 412 or equivalent with instructor permission.


ANSC 507- Scientific Approach to Equine Discipline

Credits: 3.00

Physiological development, control, and education; biting, lunging, driving, and equine gymnastics. This course is offered biannually in the fall of odd numbered years.  Special fee. Lab.

ANSC 520 - Classical Dressage Experience in Portugal
Credits: 2.00

Concentrated study of the Portuguese method of classical dressage at L'Escola De Equitaco De Alcainca 'N Alcainca, Portugal. Affords students the opportunity to ride at a premiere center for equestrian art with a master of classical dressage and to experience the culture of Portugal. Offers full immersion in dressage riding, teaching, and training. Trip takes place over Spring Break. Weekly seminar held prior to departure. Special fee. Prereq: ANSC 402: Horsemanship at I-2 level or above. Permission required. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credits.
 

ANSC 565 - Principles of Horse Trials Management
Credits: 2.00
Theory and hands-on involvement in the organizational process of managing an eventing competition. Topics will include budgeting, logistical needs, working with entries, sponsorship, awards, publicity, facilities management, course design and committee management. Students will actively participate in the management and preparation of the UNH Horse Trials, overseeing the committees working in the phases of the event and also performing other responsibilities. 1-credit, half semester course. (During the fall semester, the class will meet for the first half of the semester; during the spring semester, the class will meet for the second half of the semester)

ANSC 620 - Equine Diseases
Credits: 4.00
Provides an understanding of the normal versus the abnormal equine including recognition of clinical signs of the abnormal equine., diagnosis and treatment options. Knowledge of when to call a veterinarian and how to administer follow up care. Emphasis on preventative health care. Special fee. (Juniors and seniors only.) Prereq: ANSC 504

ANSC 640 - Principles of Riding Instruction
Credits: 4.00
Introduction to the principles, theory and practice of Riding Instruction. Includes discussion of styles of learning and instruction as applied to a riding environment, student assessment, skill acquisition, lesson planning, horse selection and principles of group and private riding instruction. Students will use lab time to observe, assist and practice teaching in sections of ANSC 402, which will be matched according to their abilities and interests. Students will prepare for ARIA licensing examinations as part of class. Every other Fall semester only. Lab. Prereq: ANSC 402 at Intermediate 1 or above, or permission.

ANSC 641 - Principles of Dressage Instruction
Credits: 2.00
Advanced principles and theory of dressage and advanced concepts in teaching and coaching dressage. Students will use lab time to observe, assist and practice teaching in dressage-only sections of ANSC 402. Students will prepare for ARIA licensing examinations as part of class. Every other Spring semester only. Lab. Prereq: ANSC 640.

ANSC 642 - Principles of Jumping Instruction
Credits: 2.00
Advanced principles and theory of jumping and advanced concepts in teaching and coaching over fences in the arena and cross-country Students will use lab time to observe, assist and practice teaching in dressage-only sections of ANSC 402. Students will prepare for ARIA licensing examinations as part of class. Every other Spring semester only. Lab. Prereq: ANSC 640.

ANSC 643 - Principles of Therapeutic Riding Instruction
Credits: 4.00
Principles and theory of teaching therapeutic riding, including special considerations of teaching in a therapeutic environment and methods of instruction for individuals with a variety of disabilities. Lab consists of observing, assisting and practice-teaching in UNH Therapeutic Riding Program.  Students will test, as part of the course, for PATH International (formerly known as NARHA) instructor certification. Every other Spring semester only. Prereq: ANSC 640 and ANSC 500.

ANSC 695 - Supervised Teaching Experience
Credits: 1.00 to 2.00
Participants are expected to perform such functions as leading discussion sections, directing and assisting in laboratories, and assisting students with their problems in courses that participants have completed successfully. Enrollment is limited to juniors and seniors who have a minimum 3.00 cumulative average. Prereq: permission of instructor and department chairperson. May be repeated up to a maximum of 4 credits.

ANSC 724 - Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination
Credits: 4.00
Focus on goals and fundamentals of reproductive management of horses, dairy and livestock animals, and through actual experience, development of competency in performing modern breeding techniques for equine and bovine reproduction. Prereq: ANSC 701; permission. Special fee. Lab.

ANSC 725 - Equine Sports Medicine
Credits: 4.00
Course focuses on equine anatomy and physiology in relation to athletic performance and injury. Students write an independent paper assessing the use of an equine heart rate monitor on either a UNH or private horse during the semester. (Juniors and seniors only.) Prereq: ANSC 504, 512, 620. Special fee.

ANSC 795 - Investigations
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Investigations in genetics, nutrition, management, diseases, histology, equestrian management/agribusiness, physiology, cell biology, microbiology, dairy management, or teaching experience. May be repeated up to a maximum of 4 credits. Prereq: permission.

ANSC 795W - Investigations
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
See description for ANSC 795. Writing intensive.

ANSC 799 - Honors Senior Thesis
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Independent research culminating with a written honors thesis in A) Genetics; B) Nutrition; C) Management; D) Diseases; E) Histology; F) Light Horsemanship; G) Physiology; H) Cell Biology; I) Microbiology; J) Dairy Management. May be repeated up to a maximum of 8 credits. Prereq: permission. IA. Writing intensive.

AAS 426 - Equine Conformation and Lameness
Credits: 4.00
The study of conformation as it relates to soundness and performance. Topics include basic unsoundness related to faulty conformation and type evaluation. Special fee. 2 lec/1 lab.

AAS 434 - Equipment and Facilities Management
Credits: 3.00
Operation of agricultural equipment and maintenance of agricultural facilities as found in New England. Development of the essential skills and technical information needed to manage and supervise agricultural facilities and equipment. 2 lec/1 lab.

 

AAS 436 - Equine Show Preparation and Competition
Credits: 1.00
Course addresses the safe handling and appropriate grooming and clipping of horses as they are prepared for competition. Students will demonstrate horse-handling proficiency while showing their assigned horse in hand. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 credits. Lec/Lab.

AAS 437 - Equine Handling and Care Techniques
Credits: 4.00
Course familiarizes students with different aspects of equine management through a practical and hands-on approach. Topics include selection, fit and care of English tack, bits, grooming, clipping, wound care, safe bandaging techniques, equine behavior, farm layout, basic health care and monitoring, parasite control, and equine transportation. Students will have hands-on experience in the UNH stable. Responsibilities include feeding, cleaning, turnout, and basic care of the University herd. 4 lec/lab or rec.

AAS 546 - Animal Business Applications
Credits: 4.00
Survey of the various elements of managing an animal and/or agricultural operation regardless of commodity. Topics include: financial statements, credit and interest, insurance considerations, labor management, marketing, promotions, advertising, and sales. 4 lec.

AAS 547 - Applied Equine Management
Credits: 3.00
The application of farm and horse management techniques, including stable routine, planning, and design; nutrition; business considerations; and legal responsibilities. 2 lec/1 lab.

Students must receive a minimum grade of C- in any course used for the minor. Students failing to do this will need to retake the course in order to receive credit. No courses taken on a pass (credit)/fail basis may count towards the minor. Students who transfer from other institutions may petition the Equine Program faculty for course approval.