BSc in Equine Management and Training


Program Description

We are excited you are thinking about becoming part of the Hiwassee community! We are here to help you with anything and everything you need. We would love to answer any questions you may have about the College from academics to affordability and beyond.

Our campus has grown from a mere seven acres to a larger campus, comprised of eighteen buildings situated on 400 acres.

Baccalaureate programs of study are those providing a four-year college program. Students enrolled in these programs expect to enter the job market following graduation or seek preparation for graduate study or further professional study. The Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree is awarded. Because the goals of students vary widely, the educational programs and opportunities offered at Hiwassee are diversified and flexible. The choice of selecting a program rests with each student. A student who may be undecided about selecting an educational program should schedule a counseling session with his/her academic adviser, who will assist in identifying educational programs complementary to his/her particular aptitudes and abilities

Hiwassee College Equestrian Studies

Hiwassee College’s 4-year Equestrian Studies degree program offers a B.A in Equine Management and Training and B.S. in Equine Science! The Equestrian Studies program offers two tracks of study for students. The Equine Science program is a pre-veterinary study with an equine focus and the Equine Management and Training program is for students who wish to pursue a career in the equine industry as a trainer, riding instructor, or barn manager. Hiwassee College Equestrian Center offers student rate board for student-owned horses.

Hiwassee College Equestrian Center

The Hiwassee College Equestrian Center is the home of the Equestrian Studies program at Hiwassee College. In addition to offering an ideal educational environment for equestrian studies students, Hiwassee College Equestrian Center is a first-class boarding and training facility open to the public. Our philosophy is simple…the horse comes first! We specialize in providing the very best care for your horse. Hiwassee College Equestrian Center offers full care and pasture care board, riding instruction, and lessons to the public, as well as for Hiwassee College students.


The Equine Management and Training program will prepare students to become actively involved in various careers in the horse world. Students selecting this program will become proficient in all areas of management and training of horses and rider. Upon completion of the degree, students will have completed many hours in actual riding classes and will be very qualified to teach riding, training, and general care of horses. Multiple courses in dressage and jumping give students the ability to excel in the workplace and will put them at an advantage in the equine-related job markets.

Program Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Analyze the scientific aspects of equine production, nutrition, reproduction, anatomy, and physiology.
  • Demonstrate and communicate training methods in a chosen equine discipline.
  • Prepare a business plan for an equine business and design the facility.
  • Describe the business principles as it relates to commercial production, marketing and/or promotion of the equine industry.


Basic Skills (13 s.h.) Hours Required

  • IDSTU 1001 or 1003 – College Foundations 1 or 3
  • ENGL 1010-1020 – Freshman Composition I & II 6
  • COMM 2120 – Oral Communication 3
  • CIS 1100 or CIS 1020 3

Mathematics/Science (11 s.h.)

  • MATH 1130 – College Algebra or higher 3
  • BIOL 1010-1020 – General Biology 8

Humanities or Fine Arts (3 s.h.)

  • Any Literature except 2900 and 3320 3

Religion (3 s.h.)

  • RELI 2210 or 2220 3

Social or Behavioral Science (9 s.h.)

  • Choose from HIST 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020 6
  • Choose from Psychology, Sociology, Geography, 3
  • Economics, or Political Science

Public Programs (0.5 hrs per semester) 4

Total General Education Required Hours 43-45

Specified Hours for the Major * 69-71

Elective Hours 8-12

Total Hours Required for Graduation 124

*Students seeking a major in Equine Management and Training should consult an adviser to design a program of study for completing 69-71 hours in the following major-specific courses:

  • ACCT 2010 – Principles of Accounting 3
  • COMM 3010 – Organizational Communication 3
  • EQSCI 1010-1020 – Basic & Novice Equitation 2
  • EQSCI 1110 – Intro to Training the Horse 3
  • EQSCI 1200 – Stable Management 3
  • EQSCI 2010-2020 – Intermediate & Advanced Equitation 2
  • EQSCI 2100 – Intro to Teaching Horsemanship 3
  • EQSCI 2110-2120 – Applied Horse Training Tech I-II 4
  • EQSCI 2121 – Introduction to Crop Science 3
  • EQSCI 2200 – Anatomy & Physiology of Farm Animals 3
  • EQSCI 2410 – Introduction to Horse Production 3
  • EQSCI 2450 – English Riding I 3
  • EQSCI 2500 – The Horse for Therapeutic Programs 3
  • EQSCI 2550 – Western Riding I 3
  • EQSCI 2800 – Horse Evaluation 3
  • EQSCI 3030 – Equine Law 3
  • EQSCI 3040 – Legal & Business Considerations in Ag. 3
  • EQSCI 3100 – Dressage Basics & Principles 2
  • EQSCI 3110 – Dressage-First Level OR
  • EQSCI 3210 – Jumping Fundamentals 2
  • EQSCI 3200 – Position & Intro to Jumping 2
  • EQSCI 3220 – Animal Diseases and Parasites 3
  • EQSCI 3450 – English Riding II 3
  • EQSCI 3500 – Advanced Equine-Assisted Therapy 3
  • EQSCI 3550 – Western Riding II 3
  • EQSCI 3600 – Feeds and Feeding 3
  • EQSCI 3800 – Man and Horse 3
  • EQSCI 3700 – Lameness in Equine OR
  • EQSCI 3900 – Exercise Physiology 2-3
  • EQSCI 4000 – Horse Enterprise Management 3
  • EQSCI 4010 – Research Methods of Equine Assisted Therapy 3
  • EQSCI 4100 – Dressage Through 2nd Level OR
  • EQSCI 4200 – Advanced Topics in Jumping 2
  • EQSCI 4110 – Advancing the Dressage Horse OR
  • EQSCI 4210 – Riding Courses 2-3
  • EQSCI 4300 – Equine Event Management 1
  • EQSCI 4400 – Selection of the Sports Horse 2
  • EQSCI 4500-4501 – Equine Senior Internship 6
  • EQSCI 4900 – Practicum in Equine-Assisted Therapy 3

Total Specified Hours for the Major 69-71

Real Life.

Hiwassee College is a place where learning comes in the classroom, but more importantly, it comes from real-world experience. You may be surprised how little you see the desk in front of you. Learning is more than hands-on. It’s real life.


With every corner you turn, you will find adventure. Athletics your thing? We’ve got almost every sport available and are always looking for talented new athletes. More the outdoorsy type? Here, you may find yourself rafting down a river of rapids, hiking a challenging trail, or simply taking in the majesty of the beautiful countryside.

The following list of colleges and universities have verified that they will accept Hiwassee College’s credits either as a direct transfer or case-by-case basis. This is not an exhaustive list, but it is an excellent set of options for students who are earning dual enrollment credits.

  • Brevard College
  • Bryan College
  • Carson-Newman University
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Clemson University
  • Cumberland University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Iowa Central Community College
  • Kentucky State University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Maryville College
  • Milligan College
  • Samford University
  • St. Petersburg College
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • Tennessee Wesleyan College
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Trine University
  • Tusculum College
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Last updated Mar 2019

About the School

We are excited you are thinking about becoming part of the Hiwassee community! We are here to help you with anything and everything you need. We would love to answer any questions you may have about t ... Read More

We are excited you are thinking about becoming part of the Hiwassee community! We are here to help you with anything and everything you need. We would love to answer any questions you may have about the College from academics to affordability and beyond. Hiwassee’s influences are not limited to the immediate area. 10,000 plus alumni are contributing to communities in 44 states and 28 countries. Some of Hiwassee’s successful alumni include: a prime minister of Jordan, a retired president of American BMW operations, an Emory heart surgeon, and a Broadway performer. In just a few short years, we hope to be able to include your name among our prospering alumni members. Read less