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Equine Health and Complementary Therapies

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Non-Farm Animal Caretaker Positions by 2024
Semesters until Graduation

Equine Health and Complementary Therapies

Equine Health and Complementary Therapies

Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

The Equine Health and Complementary Therapies Program focuses on the health care component of the horse industry.  The program was developed to meet the industry demand for qualified horse care technicians.  

You will develop skills in traditional health care such as nutrition, anatomy and physiology, broodmare and foal care and non-traditional complementary therapies.

In addition to traditional health care, Hocking’s program includes the newer disciplines of equine acupressure and massage.  

This unique component teaches you proper massage techniques for applying pressure to and kneading muscles that are prone to fatigue and stress.  Courses such as equine business management, equine marketing and brochure development and accounting provide you with a solid business background.

You will gain valuable hands-on experience throughout the program.   In broodmare classes, you will find yourself scheduled on an all-night foal watch.  In health care, you will be performing many of the functions of a veterinarian assistant.  The campus is home to more than 50 horses, enabling students to gain hands-on massage experience.

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Equine Health and Complementary Therapies:

  • 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.
  • Provide advanced horse health care including preventative health care.
  • Demonstrate a variety of equine massage techniques to include therapeutic-based massage for specific equine conditions.
  • Demonstrate a variety of equine acupressure techniques.
  • Provide proper broodmare and foal care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of equine reproduction and breeding.


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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science in Equine Health and Complementary Therapies

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 17.0
Lab Hours: 43.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 26.0
Lab Hours: 45.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-1104 Intro Horse Handling and Management 2.00 2.00 3.00 $230.00
  EQSI-1109 Novice Horsemanship 1.00 4.00 3.00 $240.00
  EQSI-1118 Horseshoeing I 0.00 4.00 2.00 $330.00
  EQSI-1116 Equine Anatomy and Conformation 3.00 0.00 3.00 $250.00
  EQSI-2211 Equine Industry and Employment 1.00 0.00 1.00 $155.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  *** Social Science Elective 3.00 0.00 3.00 -
    Totals 11.00 10.00 16.00 $1,285.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-2229 Equine Business and Marketing 3.00 0.00 3.00 $150.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  EQSI-1160 Equine Massage I 2.00 2.00 3.00 $205.00
  EQSI-1130 Farm Equipment 0.00 2.00 1.00 $235.00
  EQSI-1113 Equine Nutrition and Supplements 2.00 2.00 2.00 $155.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 3.00 0.00 3.00 $182.00
    Totals 13.00 6.00 15.00 $967.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
    Totals 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-2103 Green Horse Handling 2.00 2.00 3.00 $210.00
  EQSI-1114 Equine Health 3.00 2.00 4.00 $300.00
  EQSI-2224 Equine Acupressure 2.00 2.00 3.00 $205.00
  *** Biology 3.00 0.00 3.00 -
    Totals 10.00 6.00 13.00 $715.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-2268 Equine Breeding & Foaling Management (Capstone) 2.00 4.00 4.00 $330.00
  EQSI-2217 Equine Anatomy and Physiology 2.00 2.00 3.00 $210.00
  EQSI-2161 Equine Massage II 2.00 2.00 3.00 $270.00
  *** English Composition 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
    Totals 10.00 8.00 14.00 $860.00
Course Hours: 5.00 Lab Hours: 14.00 Cost: $1,130.00

Course Hours: 12.00 Lab Hours: 6.00 Cost: $852.00

Course Hours: 1.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $100.00

Course Hours: 10.00 Lab Hours: 6.00 Cost: $930.00

Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 12.00 Cost: $850.00

Additional Resources

Equine Health and Complementary TherapiesA Career in Equine Health and Complementary Therapies Combines the Joy of Horses and Healing

Graduates of the Equine Health and Complementary Therapies program are prepared for employment in a wide variety of jobs in the equine industry, such as a breeding farm, boarding operation, rehabilitation facility, or as a veterinarian assistant.

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