Equine Science Program

Equine Science Program

Undergraduate Equine Science Program Information

About the Program

The Equine Science Program at Colorado State University in the Department of Animal Sciences has a long history, both in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Research programs, centered in both colleges, provide an unmatched environment for support of the undergraduate program. Over 380 students from across the U.S. and several foreign countries are currently enrolled in the Colorado State University, Department of Animal Sciences’s Equine Science Program.

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Phone Number: (970) 491-8373
Number of students enrolled in Equine Science program: Approximately 385

The Equine Science program offers a Bachelor of Science. Higher degrees include a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in the fields of nutrition, reproduction and clinical sciences under the Department of Animal Sciences. The Equine Science program also offers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

More than 27 equine-specific classes including disease management, sales production, handling, event management, foaling management, therapeutic riding, nutrition, behavior, production and industry, reproduction, training, packing and outfitting, genetics, exercise physiology and evaluation (judging). For more information: View listing of courses.

Hands-on Experience:
Students will gain hands-on experience through: Coursework, internships, extracurricular activities, clubs, teams, and special projects, like the Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale. For more information: View listing of internships and trips or view listing of camps, courses and sales.

Facilities and Centers

A 300’ x 150’ indoor arena includes seating for more than 2,000 spectators, faculty offices, a classroom complex, outdoor arena, round pens, sheds, and paddocks. An additional indoor arena houses 36 stalls, offices, a veterinary treatment area, tack and storage rooms, grooming racks, farrier station, and a classroom with an arena viewing area. A newly constructed building includes 29 stalls and additional teaching space. The Equine Reproduction Laboratory is located nearby and shares its equipment, personnel, classrooms, and laboratory space. For more information: View listing of facilities and centers.

Commonly Asked Questions

Do we board student horses on campus?
No, we do not board student horses or outside horses at the Equine Center, however, there are numerous boarding facilities within the greater Fort Collins area. We have comprised a list of facilities, but there are also many more that can be found in and around Fort Collins, Ault, Loveland, etc. For more information: View listing of boarding facilities.

Do students bring their horses?
CSU horses are utilized for coursework and students use their own horses in some student clubs and teams. Extracurricular opportunities include: Horse Judging Team, Polo Club, Rodeo Club, Versatility Ranch Horse Club, English Riding Club, Mountain Riders Horse Club, Collegiate Horseman’s Association and the Equine Sciences Stewards. For more information: View listing of student organizations.

Upon graduation, what are common occupations students pursue?
Therapeutic riding instructor, horse show judge, nutritionist, breed association youth director or marketing director, breeding farm manager, sales representative, journalist for an equine publication, veterinarian, reproductive specialist, and trainer.

Request a Prospective Student Packet

You may request to receive a hard copy of our prospective student packet via mail by contacting Louise Ansell at louise.ansell@colostate.edu or (970) 491-8373 and leave your name and address. Browse the packet electronically through the links listed to the right.

Equine Science Learning Community

A Residential Learning Community (RLC) is a program organized to introduce and integrate academic and social learning in Residence Hall settings through faculty involvement with the goal of enriching the learning experience for all participants. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Equine Science Learning Community is well known for the sense of family and community it fosters. This residential floor in Ingersoll Hall is a natural extension of this sense of community. Residents can be found meeting in study groups hosted by the MARE (Mentoring and Resource Extension for Students) Program, in Pre-Vet Club meetings, or participating in other equine oriented student organizations.