Equine Science Program

Equine Science Program

Undergraduate Equine Science Program Information

The front entrance of the B.W. Pickett Arena

About the Program

Colorado State University was the first land-grant university to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree in Equine Sciences. Student enrollment in the Equine Sciences major has steady increased and now boasts nearly 400 undergraduates.

Our program offers a Bachelor of Science in Equine Sciences.

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 local facilities, but there are additional options that can be found in Fort Collins, Ault, Loveland, Wellington and surrounding areas. For more information: View listing of boarding facilities.

Do students bring their horses?
CSU horses are utilized for coursework and the CSU Polo Club.  Students are not required to bring a horse, but some choose to do so. Typically students will have to provide their own horse if they want to be a riding/competing member in the riding clubs. 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.

Equine Science Learning Community

View of Ingersoll HallA 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, in Pre-Vet Club meetings, or participating in other equine oriented student organizations.