Equine Instruction and Training (ET) prepares students for a variety of positions as horse trainers, instructors, barn managers, and others. Since students must learn hunt seat equitation, dressage, show jumping, eventing, and driving, graduates are well rounded horsemen and women ready for many disciplines in the industry. Students are required to take a riding skills class each semester.
Additional courses offered in this major include: Teaching Techniques, Training and Conditioning, Equine Exercise Physiology, Introduction to Equine Instruction, Equine Anatomy and Physiology, and Driving the Single Horse. Restricted electives include: Judging and Course Design, Intermediate Driving, Equine Exercise Psychology, Equine Behavior, Equine Contemporary Topics, and Student Research. Students must also choose from specific Business electives to complement their equine courses.
One special requirement for this major is that students must pass the BHS Stage2 exam in order to apply to this program. Students normally take this exam the spring of their sophomore year and begin their training and instruction classes in the fall of junior year. Continuation through the BHS testing scheme is encouraged to those students interested in seeking additional professional credentials.