Wilderness Horsemanship

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Wilderness Horsemanship

Wilderness Horsemanship Degree

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

When Hocking College heard there was a need by the horse industry for graduates, the Wilderness Horsemanship Degree Program was created. 

In this program, graduates will gain practical experience in working with horses, mules, and people in wilderness settings. In addition, they will learn how to drive wagons through various terrain, how to teach new students riding techniques, and how to properly use and repair riding equipment.

Hocking College students can also opt to take elective courses such as equine health care, equine massage, and 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.


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Hocking College

2016 - 2017 Associate of Applied Science in Wilderness Horsemanship

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 27.5-28.5
Lab Hours: 61.0-64.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 27.5-28.5
Lab Hours: 61.0-64.0


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-1103 Horse Handling and Management 2.00 4.00 4.00 $230.00
  EQSI-1110 Wilderness Riding I 0.00 4.00 2.00 $240.00
  EQSI-1118 Horseshoeing I 0.00 4.00 2.00 $330.00
  EQSI-1116 Equine Anatomy and Conformation 2.00 2.00 3.00 $250.00
  EQSI-1130 Farm Equipment and Maintenance 0.00 2.00 1.00 $235.00
  EQSI-1150 Leathercraft 1.00 2.00 2.00 $285.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
    Totals 6.00 18.00 15.00 $1,650.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-1115 Wilderness Riding II 0.00 4.00 2.00 $240.00
  EQSI-1112 Equine Health Care I 2.00 2.00 3.00 $260.00
  EQSI-2200 Horse Packing 1.00 4.00 3.00 $240.00
  EQSI-2230 Team Driving 0.00 4.00 2.00 $230.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
    Totals 5.00 16.00 13.00 $1,152.00

  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
OR EQSI-2255 Advanced Packing and Wilderness Skills 0.00 10.00 5.00 $1,800.00
    Totals 0.00-1.00 7.00-10.00 2.00-5.00 $100.00-$1,800.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-2250 Teaching Horseback Riding 0.00 8.00 4.00 $230.00
  EQSI-1113 Equine Nutrition and Supplements 2.00 0.00 2.00 $155.00
  EQSI-2211 Equine Employment 1.00 0.00 1.00 $155.00
  EQSI-2220 Trail Maintenance & Primitive Tools 1.00 2.00 2.00 $270.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  *** Biology Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 8.00 10.00 16.00 $860.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-2240 Colt Training (capstone) 1.00 6.00 4.00 $270.00
  EQSI-2225 Campus Park Patrol (Capstone - SL/CR) 1.00 4.00 3.00 $310.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  EQSI-2229 Equine Business & Marketing 3.00 0.00 3.00 $150.00
  *** Social Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 8.00 10.00 16.00 $770.00
Course Hours: 6.00 Lab Hours: 18.00 Cost: $1,650.00

Course Hours: 5.00 Lab Hours: 16.00 Cost: $1,152.00

Course Hours: 0.00-1.00 Lab Hours: 7.00-10.00 Cost: $100.00-$1,800.00

Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 10.00 Cost: $860.00

Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 10.00 Cost: $770.00

Additional Resources

Wilderness Horsemanship DegreeA Career in Wilderness Horsemanship is One Wild Ride:

Many students who graduate Hocking College's Wilderness Horsemanship Program will find jobs as a riding instructor, stable or barn manager, an Outfitter/Packer, a Guide/Wrangler, a Leather worker, a Teamster, or a Groomer. 

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