Equestrian Science

Equine Science Program

If you are interested in studying equine science at the University of Missouri there are a couple of options. Before choosing your path, it would probably be beneficial to sit down with an advisor and visit about your interests and what type of career you think you are interested in.

B.S. in Animal Science with Equine Emphasis:

The educational goal of the Animal Science Equine Science Program is to give students an integrated experience in the equine industry to better prepare them for equine related careers. This program serves approximately 200 undergraduate students each year. The MU Equine Teaching Facility at South Farm has housed the campus’ Quarter Horse breeding program for 55 years. Each horse serves double duty as both a producer and an educator. By using our breeding program as the cornerstone of all our courses, students learn to base management decisions on their foundation courses in nutrition, physiology and genetics.

Undergraduate students in the Equine Program are involved with Mizzou’s equine breeding program each step of the way - conception, foaling, training and marketing - in coordination with courses taught at the MU Equine Teaching Facility. Each November students in the program produce the MU Online Horse Auction &Fundraiser to cap off their integrated educational experience. Our auction provides students with valuable real-world experiences, such as training horses and developing professional communication with potential buyers. All horses sold in our student-produced MU Online Horse Auction & Fundraiser are produced in the program.

The MU Equine Teaching Facility is completely student operated, with 60-70 undergraduate equine practicum students and volunteers devoting their time each semester to care for our horses. Along with caring for the herd, all feeders participate in mastering various equine skills that are needed to work and be involved in the animal industry. Students from all backgrounds are accepted into this program, with 80% of those volunteering having limited or no previous equine experience.    Equine Courses Offered at MU (pdf)

Riding courses through Stephens College

Through a unique partnership with this campus, Mizzou students can take riding lessons. Lessons are offered in hunt seat, saddle seat, and western riding. Students in this Community Riding program also have the option of competing in local and national horse shows and clinics. All students will start taking beginning or intermediate riding unless a recommendation letter from a current instructor is provided and approval is granted from the riding instructor. Check out this handout for specifics on how to get involved with this program: SC Community Horseback Riding (pdf)

Other Student Opportunities

MU Horse Farm Volunteers
Collegiate Horsemen’s Association