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Wilderness Horsemanship


Associate of Applied Science in Wilderness Horsemanship

The horse industry told us what they need in graduates, and we built this program.

  • Gain practical experience in working with horses, mules, and people in wilderness settings.
  • More than just outfitting and different than winning ribbons

It’s about working with horses…

  • Drive wagons through various terrain
  • Teach new students riding techniques
  • Learn to properly use necessary equipment and repair it if needed

Elective courses offer even more options:

  • Equine health care
  • Equine massage
  • Farrier courses

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Wilderness Horsemanship:

  • Identify, maintain, and use safety procedures with horses, tack, and related equipment;
  • Perform safety inspection procedures in daily operations;
  • Properly feed/water horses, groom/bathe horses, and clean stalls;
  • Apply knowledge of horse anatomy, conformation and color, health care, teeth identification and floating, and emergency shoeing and trimming;
  • Manage horses unmounted, to include leading, tying, trailer loading, transporting, approaching catching, haltering, and ponying;
  • Manage horses without assistance while mounting/dismounting;
  • Tack and untack properly, to include fit and adjustment;
  • Use wilderness riding skills, including packing care of stock, and use of packing equipment;
  • Use a computer for word processing and storing of data;
  • Communicate professionally with coworkers and with the public;
  • Operate and maintain basic maintenance equipment, including chain saw, basic farm equipment, and primitive hand tools;
  • Handle horses at walk, trot, canter, and in varying terrain;
  • Provide basic horse health care including preventative health care;
  • Properly identify feeds and feeding requirements of equine at all ages and levels of performance; and,
  • Demonstrate competency in leathercraft and leather repair related to tack.



Associate of Applied Science in Wilderness Horsemanship

Course of Study

For students entering May 2015

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
EQSI-1103Horse Handling and Management2.004.004.00$225.00
EQSI-1110Wilderness Riding I0.004.002.00$235.00
EQSI-1118Horseshoeing I0.004.002.00$325.00
EQSI-1116Equine Anatomy and Conformation2.002.003.00$325.00
EQSI-1130Farm Equipment and Maintenance0.002.001.00$235.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
EQSI-1115Wilderness Riding II0.004.002.00$235.00
EQSI-1112Equine Health Care I2.002.003.00$250.00
EQSI-2200Horse Packing1.004.003.00$235.00
EQSI-2230Team Driving0.004.002.00$225.00
***Biology Elective0.000.003.00
COURSE NO.SUMMER SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NRM-2296Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar1.007.002.00$100.00
OREQSI-2255Advanced Packing and Wilderness Skills0.008.004.00$1,363.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
MATH-1108Intermediate Algebra3.000.003.00$40.00
EQSI-2250Teaching Horseback Riding0.008.004.00$225.00
EQSI-1113Equine Nutrition and Supplements2.000.002.00$150.00
EQSI-2211Equine Employment1.000.001.00$150.00
EQSI-2220Trail Maintenance & Primitive Tools1.002.002.00$264.00
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
EQSI-2240Colt Training (capstone)$265.00
EQSI-2225Campus Park Patrol (Capstone - SL/CR)$305.00
EQSI-2229Equine Business & Marketing3.000.003.00$150.00
***Social Science Elective0.000.003.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Career Opportunities

Right after graduation, you could become a…

  • Riding instructor
  • Stable or barn manager
  • Outfitter/Packer
  • Guide/Wrangler
  • Leather worker
  • Teamster
  • Groomer

In a few years, you could be in a…

  • Management position
Occupation Profile
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Nelsonville, OH 45764