Horse science is designed to develop basic understanding of equine handling, health,
maintenance, reproduction, selection and management. Horse populations in the state
have continued to grow and their economic impact has increased with this growth. This
course is designed to help students prepare for the social and economic impact equine
science will have in the 21st century.
½ or 1
Recommended Grade Levels:
10th, 11th or 12th
½ denotes learning expectations that must be met when teaching the course for ½
All other learning expectations must be met when teaching the course for 1 credit.
The student will explain the history and development of the horse, describe major breeds according to
origin, distinguish breed characteristics and uses, and describe various production factors.
The student will specify safety factors to consider when handling, transporting and selecting appropriate
tack for horses.
The student will evaluate the parts of the digestive system of horses and explain general nutritional
standards of horses.
The student will evaluate the importance of maintaining a healthy horse; practice techniques of disease
prevention and parasite control and illustrate basic first aid.
The student will discuss causes of lameness and their symptoms, describe trimming techniques, and
determine when a horse has been shod properly.
The student will evaluate the parts of the male and female reproductive systems and discuss aspects of a
breeding program that develop desirable genetic traits.
The student will describe the important factors in selecting a horse for a particular use.
The student will describe means and techniques for stabling and training a horse.
The student will integrate academic competencies with competencies in horse science.
The student will develop premier leadership and personal growth n