• 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

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.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


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


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

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

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

Equine Science Diploma
Locations: Fergus Falls

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Meet the faculty

Dave Gilbertson
Equine Science Instructor
Fergus Falls
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Andrew Hinrichs
Equine Science Instructor
Fergus Falls
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Ryan Pesch
Equine Science Instructor
Fergus Falls
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Tom Prieve
Equine Science Instructor
Fergus Falls
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Sue Wika
Sociology Instructor
Fergus Falls
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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

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 09:37am