• Equine Science

    M State’s Equine Science program offers students unparalleled and invaluable experience at one of the region’s premiere privately owned equine facilities.

Equine Science

You are in the Academics section


Equine Science

M State's Equine Science AAS degree and diploma provide students with the introductory skills for an array of careers in the equine industry including stable management, horse training, horse judging and riding instruction. The program's courses, taught by working professionals, are a combination of academic learning and real-life applications.

Courses are taught on the M State campus in Fergus Falls and nearby at Red Horse Ranch Arena, a world-class training, boarding and events facility. You'll gain hands-on experience at a busy equine business facility, giving you a unique advantage in the job market. Courses include judging, evaluating, training, barn management, equine reproduction and farrier science.

Students who enroll in the 31-credit diploma program can choose to continue their education in the 60-credit AAS degree program, which provides additional work experience through internships. The degree program can serve as a foundation for a bachelor's degree in equine science or for pre-veterinary or pre-veterinary technology programs.

Please note: Equine Science is a fall-start program and is not eligible for spring semester starts.

Program Videos


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Equine anatomy, physiology and diseases
  • Equine nutrition and reproduction
  • Principles of farm marketing and management
  • Western horsemanship skills
  • Fundamental horse training skills
  • Equine evaluation
  • Professional-level equine event management skills
  • Equine farriery skills
  • English equitation skills


An Equine Science Success Story

Kirstin Sudbeck
Browerville High School graduate
M State Spring 2018 graduate, Equine Science AAS

I chose M State's Equine Science program because it is so hands on and a very well-rounded program that touches on everything in the equine industry.

I've enjoyed all the opportunities and extracurricular events that came up through the program and getting to work with professionals in the equine industry. All the instructors were more than willing to help you out in any way possible, and I was surprised by all the added bonuses that came along with the program. M State has a lot to offer, and it pays to come check it out!

Following graduation, I will be working in Colorado as a professional horse trainer under multiple-time world champion Bill Bormes.


Why M State

  • An exceptional educational value
  • Learn through hands-on experiences
  • Learn from skilled, working professionals in the equine industry
  • Gain real-world experience at a working equine facility
  • Diploma students can easily transfer into Equine Science AAS program


Programs & Majors » Equine Science Back to program list »

Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Equine Science Diploma
Locations: Fergus Falls

Equine Science Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Fergus Falls

Click a degree on the left to get started


Meet the faculty

Dave Gilbertson

Equine Science Instructor
Fergus Falls
Contact Dave

Andrew Hinrichs

Equine Science Instructor
Fergus Falls
Contact Andrew

Ryan Pesch

Equine Science Instructor
Fergus Falls
Contact Ryan

Tom Prieve

Equine Science Instructor
Fergus Falls
Contact Tom

Sue Wika

Sociology Instructor
Fergus Falls
Contact Sue


Apply Now


Equine Science Gallery


Required courses for the Equine Science diploma program

  • Farm Marketing and Management
  • Introduction to Equine Science
  • Equine Anatomy
  • Equine Reproduction and Nutrition
  • Stable Operations I and II
  • Western Horsemanship
  • Fundamentals of Riding Instruction
  • English Equitation
  • Introduction to Horse Training
  • Equine Evaluation
  • Farrier Science
  • Equine Events Management
  • Sociology of Agriculture

Last modified: July 9th, 2018 at 10:55am