Horse Production & Management

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Associate of Applied Science: Horse Production and Management

This course of study is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the horse production field, and for students who desire direct entry into occupations relating to the equine industry. The curriculum involves both classroom and applied study, primarily aimed at the production aspects of the horse industry. At the end of the program, students take an exam to demonstrate competencies needed for success in the chosen vocational area of horse production.  Students pursuing direct entry into the equine industry are encouraged to complete an 8 to 26 week internship in their chosen field of equine production.  The Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded to students who fulfill the program requirements.

This program is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents and must be completed per the curriculum guide. 

Suggested Program of Study
FIRST SEMESTER (fall) 16 Credit Hours
AG101Agriculture Orientation1
AG149Principles of Animal Science3
AG150Principles of Animal Science Lab1
AG168Equine Management Technology I4
AG290Agriculture Equipment Safety1
 EN176English Composition I3
 CO176Computer Concepts & Applications3
SECOND SEMESTER (spring) 15 Credit Hours 
AG126Principles of Livestock Nutrition3
AG153Reproduction of Farm Animals3
AG169Equine Management Technology II4
AG176Horse Production3
AG209 Ag Law2
THIRD SEMESTER (fall) 16 Credit Hours 
AG259Equine Reproduction1
AG260Equine Nutrition1
AG261Equine Anatomy1
AG268Equine Management Technology III4
 General Education Course3
 Agriculture Elective3
 Oral Communication Gen. Ed.3
FOURTH SEMESTER (spring) 16 Credit Hours 
AG109Farm Records & Accounts3
AG269Equine Management Technology IV4
 General Education Course3
 Agriculture Elective3
Minimum credit hours to graduate:62


Students supplement their classroom learning with extensive hands-on experience as they are involved with the daily management of the college’s 60-acre facility. The CCC horse farm is a breeding, training and teaching facility. Horse Production and Management students learn the basics of equine health, genetics, nutrition, reproduction, training, equine event planning, conformation and judging, and equine business.

Horses that are started in the Beginning and Advanced Equine Training classes are sold at the annual CCC Horse Sale. Students are involved in all areas of sale preparation.

Horse Production and Management students have the opportunity to gain real world experience prior to entering the job market as they complete an internship as part of their curriculum. Internships provide students with exposure to practical industry experience while specializing in their area of interest within the program.

Several extra-curricular clubs and teams are also offered at CCC.  The CCC Equestrian Team is highly successful and is a popular activity for students in several different majors. The Equestrian Team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and competes against schools in Zone 8, Region 5. This includes schools in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas.  Riders on the team can choose to compete in both the Hunt Seat and Western riding disciplines and can compete with any level of riding experience.

Other activities offered in the Agriculture Department are the Livestock Judging TeamRodeo Team, Rodeo Club, Vet Tech Club, and Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter.



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