EM-110 Equine Nutrition- 8-weeks
This class is designed to develop an understanding of the factors involved in meeting the nutritional needs of horses in various stages of development or performance. Emphasis will be placed on the effects different feeds have on a horse's mental attitude, nutritional requirements of different horses, digestive problems and methods of getting your horses to perform at their peak performance or growth and still keep the cost down to a minimum. This is a practical approach to nutrition.
EM-120 Equine Business Management- 8-weeks
Students will take a look at the business side of the equine business. Since the equine world is now big business, we must approach our training or breeding operation as a business. Students will study the forms of doing business, income tax considerations, develop a business plan, insurance considerations, liability problems, records, hobby versus a business, agreements and contracts. We will relate many of the principles to real life experiences, so they will be easier to remember.
EM-130 Equine Reproduction- 8 weeks
Students will study the parts of the reproductive tract, hormonal control of the heat cycle, the signs of heat, breeding methods, semen evaluation, management of the breeding herd, breeding and foaling problems and use of hormones to control the heat cycle. Technical and practical information needed to breed mares safely and effectively, will also be covered.
EM-210 Stallion Management- 8-weeks
The selection, promotion, and handling of a stallion today is a large investment in time and money. We will cover information on selection, promotion, semen evaluation, insurance, handling and care. Breeding procedures so the stallion does not become confused and dangerous will be covered. A definite required class for those new to the business.
EM-220 Equine Marketing- 8-weeks
Students will study methods of marketing horses today. Have you ever wondered why someone else can sell a horse of the same quality for twice as much as you can? Well, most of that is marketing. Methods of marketing a breeding program will be covered, as well as preparing and marketing the individual horse and putting on a production sale.
EM-230 Applied Anatomy and Selection- 8-weeks
Students will study the parts and functions of the different systems of the horse. This will be a form to function class; we will look at the effects of conformation on the performance of the horse. We will use this information to help us select performance horses. This is not a veterinary anatomy class; it is designed to give the lay person a good understanding of form to function selection.
EM-140 Equine Health and Diseases- 8-weeks
Students will develop an understanding of health requirements and care of the horse. Vaccination schedules, deworming and preventative measures are explored. The student will also study diseases, wound care, basic first aid, unsoundness and causes of unsoundness. We will discuss how to evaluate your horse's feet and methods of shoeing to help keep your horse sound. We designed this class to help you keep your horse healthy while reducing your veterinary bills.
EM-150 Facility Management-Elective class 8-weeks
This course covers the care of horses in a stable environment. We will take a look at methods of managing the horses’ mind while in a stall. Stable management is studied considering facilities and their subsystems, health issues, economics and marketing. We will take a look at the duties of a stable manager and methods of managing an equine facility.
EM-160 Equine Behavior, Ground Work and Safety-
This class includes understanding mental capacity, motivation, and reactions of horses to different training techniques. Proper restraint procedures to protect the horse and handler are also explored. Imprint training for a foal is discussed. A safety program will be designed for breeding or training operation. We will discuss different exercises or ground work to get a horse’s mind locked on you, so he is easier and safer to handle. This class is required before you take any of the training classes.
ET-110 Techniques of Training Performance Horses I-
Pre-requisite- Equine Behavior, Ground work and Safety
The format of this class is a whole new theory for education. We will give you lecture notes, lessons and a video to demonstrate the lesson. You will then practice the lesson on your horse and then send us a video of you performing the same exercise described in the lesson. We will evaluate the video and give suggestions for improvement and grade the lesson.
This class is designed to teach a student the fundamentals of training a horse to be soft, supple and responsive. The lessons are to be followed exactly and the video made according to the lesson. There are many styles and types of training available, these lessons will compliment any type of riding. While taking this class the lessons MUST BE done according to the required assignment detailed on the lesson pages. Once you put a sound foundation on a horse, you can train that horse for any event western or English. Within this class we will show you how to get into a horse's mind and gain total control of a horse's body. We will show you how to use your entire body to guide your horse and to become part of the horse instead of just being a passenger sitting on top of the horse.
The student will need "your own" started, or older horse to use (not an unbroken colt), a corral or arena to ride in and a video camera to take the tests. Students will need to use a western or English saddle and a ring snaffle or a jr. cowhorse or similar bit.
ET-120 Techniques of Training Performance Horses II-
Pre-requisite- Techniques of Training Performance Horses I
The format of this class is a whole new theory for education. We will give you lecture notes, lessons and a video to demonstrate the lesson. You will then practice the lesson on YOUR horse and send us a video of you performing the exact exercise described in the lesson, the video tests must follow the requirements. We will evaluate the video and give suggestions for improvement and grade the lesson.
This class is a continuation of Techniques of Training Performance Horses I. We will continue the methods of putting a foundation on a horse. This class has more advanced suppling and softening exercises to get the horse ready for a performance event or just to enjoy riding on the trail.
The student will use the same horse used in the first class. A corral or arena and a video camera to take the tests. Students will also need to use a western or English saddle, lifter bit with snaffle mouth piece and/or a ring snaffle or d-ring.
ET-130 Techniques of Training III
This is a continuation of Techniques of Training II. You will do more advanced exercises as you are learning to get total control of your horse. You will work on: correct stops at a lope, getting your horse more collected and in-frame, and correct turn around's. Your horse for this class must be able to do all of the exercises in Techniques of Training I and II.
ET-140 Techniques of Training IV
This is a continuation of Techniques of Training III. You will work on getting total control and get your horse lighter and more responsive. The student will pick an equine event that they are interested in and then the student will study that event and teach their horse 8-10 basic exercises that the horse must be good at to be efficient in the students chosen specialty event.
EM-240 Training Theory I
We will use the same format as the Techniques of Training classes except you will write 3 term papers on how to do the exercises instead of training a horse to do the exercises. We will send out a video of how to do the training exercises and you will study the video, the online lecture and a reading assignment and then you will write 3 term papers instead of making the riding video as you would in the Techniques of Training classes. You will do a career shadowing project for a day with a trainer and attend a horse event and write a paper on the events.
EM-250 Training Theory II
This is a continuation of Training Theory I, we will continue with the fundamentals of putting a good foundation on a horse and how to make him supple, soft and responsive. It will be the same format as the Training Theory I class, you will watch the video, read the lessons and then write 3 term papers on how to perform the training exercises in the lesson. You will do a career shadowing project for a day with a trainer and attend a horse event and write a paper on the events.