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Equine Program

Oklahoma State University has a long-standing tradition of excellence and involvement in the equine industry. The institution is committed to preparing students to have both an understanding of the science behind the species and a practical understanding of what it takes to work with them.

While there is not a formalized equine degree plan offered, the OSU Department of Animal Science recognizes the importance of providing a quality learning experience focused on horses. Students have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center, as well as participate in courses taught by award-winning faculty and staff. This combination provides an inclusive learning environment for students of all backgrounds and skill levels. In addition, the strong alumni and professional network students have access to enables them to interact with and learn from key players in the industry.

Facilities

The Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center is a state-of-the-art facility located on approximately 60 acres. The facility has a teaching barn, small indoor arena, classrooms, feed and tack rooms, wash rack and treatment area. The Equine Center currently has 65 head of primarily Quarter Horses in its inventory. Of this total, 22 are broodmares over the age of three, 4 geldings over the age of three, 7 two-year-old fillies and geldings, 16 yearling fillies and geldings and 3 breeding age stallions. These horses are used for a variety of activities encompassing research, teaching and extension.

Equine Program Facilities

Courses

The equine curriculum is incorporated into the animal science major, which offers a wide variety of options (i.e. production, business, pre-vet, ranch operations, etc.). In addition to the general education and specific degree requirements for an animal science degree, students have an opportunity to take many hands-on and lecture-based equine courses. Students work with their faculty academic advisor to incorporate these courses into their plan of study. This curriculum further provides experiential learning opportunities through industry internships with farms, trainers and equine associations.

Equine Program Curriculum

Student Opportunities

Some of the equine activities our students can participate in include horse judging, the Women’s Equestrian Team, and the OSU Horsemen’s Association. The Horse judging team competes at several national and world level contests each year, which exposes students to the leading producers and exhibitors in the horse industry. Students also have an opportunity to work or intern at the Equine Center. These paid positions allow students to apply skills and knowledge learned in class to a working operation. Student workers and interns aid the herd manager in the general care of the horses and grounds.

Equine Program Student Opportunities

Extension

The Oklahoma State University equine extension program provides horse owners with important information, as well as holds numerous events throughout the year to aid, teach and engage the equine community. These events include annual workshops and competitions for youth interested in horses. Learn more about equine extension events and activities on our OSU horse website. For more on-line horse information, try eXtension-Horse, a National Cooperative Extension Project dedicated to education of the horse owner.

Equine Program Extension

Research

Our main equine research program goals have been to more accurately quantify mineral requirements in weanlings and yearlings; determine the effects of mineral balance and exercise on bone metabolism in the young, growing horse; evaluate mineral bioavailability from varying sources and in response to dietary supplementation; and 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.

Equine Program Research

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. The draft horse program was organized as a respected portion of the college. As the equine community and industry changed throughout the years, our equine program evolved as well to focus on stock horse breeds. The equine program remains an important part of OSU.

Equine Program History

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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