EQST 1590 Horsemanship I

Fundamental knowledge and skill development in horse anatomy and function, conformation, and riding. Western tack is emphasized with an introduction to English tack and riding. Cues, aids, gaits and maneuvers are thoroughly explained, demonstrated and practiced. Individual help is given in areas needed. The student needs to supply a horse and tack for this class.(2 lect.,2 lab)


3 credits

Transfer Status

Transferable to UW.

Major Topics

  • Proper Equitation
  • Proper Headset, Collection, and Flexion
  • Common Stabling
  • Preventive Health Care
  • Parasite Control
  • Feeding


In order to successfully complete this course, the student will:

1. Demonstrate their knowledge in horse parts, nervous system, skeletal system, and circulatory system on both oral and written exams.

2. Apply and analyze knowledge of horse health care including stabling problems, preventative health care, parasite control, routine vaccinations, and stall care.

3. Correctly execute catch, lead, mount, dismount, proper basic position, saddle, walk, stop at walk, posting trot, diagonals, sitting trot, proper basic position at trot, stop on haunches at trot, flexion at poll, lateral flexion, use of alternate leg, and walk trot transitions.