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

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

  • Perform proper shoeing techniques.
  • Apply business skills as they pertain to the equine industry.
  • 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.
  • Provide basic horse health care including preventive health care.
  • Properly identify feeds and feeding requirements of equine at all ages and levels of performance.
  • Apply knowledge of horse anatomy, teeth identification, conformation and color, and health care.
  • Manage horses unmounted, to include leading, tying, trailer loading, transporting, approaching catching, and haltering.
  • Manage horses without assistance while mounting/dismounting.
  • Tack and untack properly, to include fit and adjustment.
  • Use wilderness riding skills including ponying.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate competency in leathercraft and leather repair related to tack.
  • Demonstrates proper care and handling of pack stock, and use of packing equipment.


Associate of Applied Science in Wilderness Horsemanship

Course of Study

For students entering May 2016

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
EQSI-1103Horse Handling and Management2.004.004.00$230.00
EQSI-1110Wilderness Riding I0.004.002.00$240.00
EQSI-1118Horseshoeing I0.004.002.00$330.00
EQSI-1116Equine Anatomy and Conformation2.002.003.00$250.00
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$240.00
EQSI-1112Equine Health Care I2.002.003.00$260.00
EQSI-2200Horse Packing1.004.003.00$240.00
EQSI-2230Team Driving0.004.002.00$230.00
MATH-1103Applied Mathematics2.002.003.00$182.00
COURSE NO.SUMMER SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NRM-2296Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar1.007.002.00$100.00
OREQSI-2255Advanced Packing and Wilderness Skills0.0010.005.00$1,800.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
EQSI-2250Teaching Horseback Riding0.008.004.00$230.00
EQSI-1113Equine Nutrition and Supplements2.000.002.00$155.00
EQSI-2211Equine Employment1.000.001.00$155.00
EQSI-2220Trail Maintenance & Primitive Tools1.002.002.00$270.00
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
***Biology Elective0.000.003.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
EQSI-2240Colt Training (capstone)$270.00
EQSI-2225Campus Park Patrol (Capstone - SL/CR)$310.00
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.

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

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