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Horse Specialization

Animal Sciences - Horse Specialization majors pursue an Associate of Science degree which allows them to gain hands-on experience prior to enrolling in a Bachelor of Science degree program at The Ohio State University. The program enables students to complete approximately 50 percent of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences or in another agricultural program with an equine minor.

Technical instruction includes hands-on course work in horse management; judging and evaluation; horse health; feeding and nutrition; equine breeding and genetics; and equine business and facility management.

Practicum is required of students in Animal Sciences - Horse Specialization. This is a supervised, practical work experience that provides students with the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classrooms and at the Ohio State ATI horse facilities. Students are encouraged to think independently and evaluate and solve problems under the guidance of the horse facilities manager. Students assist in the daily husbandry and responsibilities of the horses.

Career Prospects

After students complete a bachelor's degree within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, their career opportunities will vary depending upon their major. However, students who pursue employment within the horse industry will find opportunities in sales, service, production, management, and supervision.

Careers may include:

• Breed association representative
• Bloodstock agent
• Racing steward
• Equine pharmaceutical sales
• Marketing manager
• Show/event secretary
• Stallion manager
• Riding instructor
• Horse show judge
• Sales representative
• Farm manager
• Broodmare manager
• Horse trainer
• Nutrition technician

For more information about the AAS in Horse Production and Management, click here.