Equine Studies

This eighteen (18) credit minor takes full advantage of the North Shore Equestrian Center (NSEC) located on the LIU Post Campus. The minor prepares students in the department and those throughout the University to enter the equine industry in, among others, stable or racetrack management, as riding (including therapeutic riding) instructors or horse health care professionals, including veterinarians. The course of study will also appeal to horse riders and owners who wish to expand their equestrian avocation.

The minor has four required courses, for a total of six credits. Additionally students will draw their remaining twelve credits from the following four LIU Post tracks: Equine Management, Equine Education, Equine Health and a Self-designed Generic Track.

Women's Equestrian is 1 of LIU Post's 24 NCAA Varsity teams.

The program utilizes North Shore Equestrian Center located on campus, home to the LIU Post equestrian team and where students have been taking riding courses for decades.

The program, catering to students with a passion for horses, includes the following areas of focus:

  • Equine Management focuses on the business side of the industry and includes courses on business management, facilities management, activities management, and business law and ethics.
  • Equine Education includes courses on the fundamental theories of riding, teaching riding methods, therapeutic riding, and judging.
  • Equine Health includes courses on equine anatomy, basic equine health, disease, and first aid; equine symptoms, lameness, metabolic disorders, and reproduction; and equine nutrition.
  • Interdisciplinary Track allows students to tailor their focus with a combination of courses from the Management, Education, and Health tracks.

Gerald. L. Chasin of North Shore Equestrian Center, a champion equestrian competitor, is an avid supporter of the Equine Studies minor program. “There are numerous career options that can be merged with a minor in Equine Studies,” Chasin said. “For science majors, the pharmaceutical business is heavily invested in research and development in the large animal category. In the technology hardware industry there are on-going developments in scanning equipment, and for marketing and public relations majors, combining the equine minor can lead to opportunities in the sports, broadcast, journalism, and entertainment sectors.”

“The Equine Studies program reflects LIU’s rich history and engages today’s young equestrians and aspiring veterinarians,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “The equine focus will give students the skills and expertise needed to prepare them for a career in the equine industry.”

“Now students can pair their business or marketing degree, for instance, with an equine minor and open their career options to a whole new area that they may have never known about before,” said Nana Koch, Ed.D., associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science. “LIU has long offered students riding courses at the stable, and has maintained an equestrian team for decades. We wanted to meet our students’ needs by expanding on this by offering programs focused on equine.”

Business Track

PE 161 – Equine Business Management (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to basic concepts, methods, principles, and practices used in an equine business. The student will become familiar with many of the rules and regulations that are best practices followed by equine business owners in this country. This course will cover such topics as: business form; business plan; tax considerations; buying and selling horses; leases and ownership; employees and independent contractors; liabilities; insurance; record keeping; basic accounting; contracts; marketing; advertising; and the use of computer software. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 

PE 162 Equine Facilities Management (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of equestrian facility management, including horse needs, safety, emergency procedures, stable layout, site planning, stable maintenance, barns and interiors, out buildings, equipment, transport, fencing, feeding, hay, and bedding. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 

PE 163 Equine Activities Management (3 credits)
This hands-on course provides students with an understanding of the all essential positions required to staff hunter jumper and dressage shows as well as clinics. The focus is on the rules and regulations of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), and the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) that govern the management of horse shows. Students will learn about the writing, printing, and distribution of prize lists, including what information must be listed to meet association regulations and information necessary for the competitors; budgeting processes; contractual requirements for service providers and officials at shows; the process of securing sponsors; and correctly setting courses for competition, including the measuring of lines, preparation of the arena, etc. Emphasis will be placed on operating a successful event for successive years, highlighting current trends in the horse show industry. Practical experience assisting at horse shows outside of class time will be required. The LIU/NSE stables facility runs nine USHJA recognized horse shows at which students will gain valuable firsthand experience during 15 hours of service learning. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 

PE 164 Equine Business Law and Ethics (3 credits)
This course examines the principles of equine law and ethics necessary to own and operate a business in the equine industry. Students study case law emphasizing liability laws as they relate to horses; contracts associated with equine business, such as buying, selling, leasing, contractor releases, horse shows, and organizational taxes; ethical issues; equine care requirements; disease regulations law; transport; labor relations; farm management; and equine insurance will also be addressed to better prepare students for a career in the equine industry. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 

Education Track

PE 165 – Fundamental Theories of Riding (3 credits)
This course provides the student with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of riding. The student will study modern riding techniques as well as riding theories as they relate to the structure of the horse. Topics include: introduction to riding and learning; basic position; the aids; basic control; longitudinal and lateral balancing of the horse; and position and control over fences. The disciplines that will be discussed in this class include Hunter Seat Equitation, Dressage, Hunters and Jumpers. Students will take an additional 10 hours of riding in connection with topics covered. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 

PE 166 Methods of Teaching Riding (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to a system of teaching that is based on a step-by-step approach leading to a pre-selected outcome. Students will explore the relationship between the instructor, the student, and the horse. Then as “apprentice instructors” they will identify how individual riders learn so that they can begin to develop a system of teaching; format lesson plans; set short- and long-term goals; analyze, solve, and improve students' performance; and demonstrate effective presentation techniques. Throughout the semester students will observe instructors and maintain a journal of lessons. At the LIU/NSE stable and arena facility, one of the largest equestrian teaching facilities in the country, students will practice teaching under the guidance of professional riding instructors. Students will spend 15 hours observing riding instructors and be expected to teach a Basic Equitation lesson upon completion of this course. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 

PE 167 Teaching Therapeutic Riding (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide hands on experience with various aspects of equine assisted therapy. Students will participate in activities to incorporate concepts of general equine care and handling, utilizing riding, and equine management from a therapeutic perspective, and addressing mental health and physical disability through equine assisted therapy. Students will be introduced to important concepts such as team building, rapport development with horse and with clients, and overall safety and functional considerations for equine assisted therapy. Students will participate in 15 hours of assistance with trained personnel. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 

PE 168 Judging (3 credits)
Since the teaching of riding often prepares learners for equestrian competition, this course is designed to give students the tools necessary for judging performance, soundness, and conformation for the Hunters, Hunt Seat Equitation, Jumpers, and Dressage disciplines. Students will formulate a model for use in rating the various levels of performance in competitions as well as training and selection. The technical rules and regulations for judging different levels and classes will be discussed. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 15 hours assisting a rated judge at horse shows. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 

Health Track

PE 169 – Principles of Equine Anatomy (3 credits)
This course will provide a thorough understanding of equine anatomy which is crucial for the proper care and training of the performance horse. By examining the complex interaction of bones, muscle groups, and internal organs in the equine athlete, students understand the importance of maintaining the delicate balance of internal and external structure while at the same time enabling the horse to achieve the peak of its performance abilities or simply maintain its health. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160.  

PE 170 – Basic Equine Health, Disease, and First Aid (3 credits)
This course is a biological systems approach to basic equine health and deviations that produce disorders and disease. Special attention is given to the anatomical and physiological etiology for diseases in the horse. Particular attention will be paid to colic, lacerations, choke, fractures, eye injuries, foaling emergencies, emergency preparedness, and the development of first aid readiness. Common medications and issues related to medications will also be covered. This course will require each student to spend 15 hours at North Shore Equestrian or another equine facility shadowing veterinarians, evaluating and engaging in procedures related to equine care. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 

PE 171 – Equine Systems, Lameness, Metabolic Disorders and Reproduction (3 credits)
This advanced course will focus on common equine disorders, and their treatments as well as the special concerns related to reproduction. Students will learn to administer some of the common treatments for lameness and gain observational experience in early detection and treatment of ailments, including Cushing’s Disease, Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Laminitis, hypothyroidism, and diseases of the eye. Some advanced first-aid techniques will also be introduced along with an understanding of the medications commonly used to treat equine disorders. Since breeding horses requires special care and handling, the seminar will also address the managed health of stallion, mare, and foal from breeding through neonatal care. This course will require students to spend 15 hours shadowing a veterinarian and/or observing treatments at North Shore Equestrian or another equine facility. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 

PE 172 – Equine Nutrition (3 credits)
This course is an in-depth study of the absorption, metabolism, and elimination of feed sources in the horse. It includes nutrients and feeding requirements, the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, feed and forage analysis, ration balancing, supplements, problems associated with feeding during the several life stages, athletic horse diets, and common poisonings due to plants and feed. The importance of careful measurement and delivery of food to horses will be emphasized in experiential workshops and 15 hours of service learning. Pre or co requisites: PE 116, PE 117 and PE 160. 


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Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean