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Equine Program

Equine Program

The OSU Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center maintains a Quarter Horse production herd to facilitate teaching, research and extension programming needs and sells horses for work, show and pleasure. It is located on approximately 60 acres adjacent to the Totusek Arena and includes a teaching barn, small indoor arena, classrooms, feed and tack rooms, and a wash rack and treatment area.

History

Like most land grant colleges, the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College was dependent upon horsepower from the beginning. Agriculture itself was structured around the horse; from pulling a wagon to pulling a plow, the horse was without substitute. Dependent upon this entity, the draft horse program was organized as a respected portion of the college. Learn more about the history of the OSU equine program here!

Equine Courses

The equine curriculum consists of the following courses: Horse Science, Horse Production, Equine Evaluation, Equine Training Methods, Equine Industry Internship, Special Projects in Equine. These Courses are incorporated into the Animal Science major which offers a wide variety of options (i.e. production, business, pre-vet, ranch operations, etc.). This curriculum further provides experiential learning opportunities through industry internships with farms, trainers and equine associations. View the course catalog for a full list of courses and descriptions. Our equine courses include:

  • Equine Training Methods (ANSI 3402)
  • Advanced Equine Evaluation (ANSI 3222)
  • Horse Production & Management (ANSI 3533)
  • Horse Science (ANSI 4423)
  • Equine Enterprise Management (ANSI 4703)
  • Special Problems (ANSI 4900)

Student Activities

Horse judging consists of a spring semester judging class and a fall semester judging team. In the spring class, students are provided with the most current information from the horse industry concerning the evaluation of conformation and performance. The team competes at several nation and world level contests each year which exposes students to the leading producers and exhibitors in the horse industry. Some of the team's accomplishments include: 8 AQHA World Championships, 4 AQHA Reserve World Championships, 4 AQHA Congress Championships and 3 National Reining Horse World Championships.

Oklahoma State University also has a Women's Equestrian Team. All Cowgirl home meets, as well as the 2016 Big 12 Championships, will be held at the Totusek Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The OSU Horsemen’s Association was formed to meet the needs of students specifically interested in horses. The Horsemen’s Association sponsors a youth judging clinic each spring and assists with national judge’s exams for major breed organizations. Additionally, the Horsemen’s Association holds a horse sale and has many educational activities, including horse training clinics and field trips.

Research

Our main equine research program goals have been to:

  1. More accurately quantify mineral requirements in weanlings and yearlings.
  2. Determine the effects of mineral balance and exercise on bone metabolism in the young, growing horse.
  3. Evaluate mineral bioavailability from varying sources and in response to dietary supplementation.
  4. Train well-rounded graduate students that are academically and scientifically sound minded as well as have the ability to teach and communicate with students and the people in the industry.

Extension

The OSU equine extension program is run by Dr. Kris Hiney. Learn about OSU equine extension events and activities at our OSU Horse website or read through equine fact sheets, containing multi-page technical articles on management and use.

For more on-line horse information, try eXtension-Horse, a National Cooperative Extension Project dedicated to education of the horse owner.

Giving

We have naming opportunities at the new Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center still available. Learn more about the OSU equine program, enterprise management and investment opportunities at the OSU Foundation or speak to Kathy McNally to find out ways you can help!

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