Equine Science

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Ride, care for, and work with horses as you learn how to build a successful career in the equine industry. A degree from University of Minnesota Crookston will give you an edge in the industry, providing you with the experience you need. Whether your dream is to go on to become a veterinarian, horse trainer or breeder, or manage a stable, an Equine Science degree will meet your needs with the newly established equine breeding program and an option to prepare for veterinary studies VetFast programs.

2017 Summer Horse Riding Camps & Clinics

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Key Features

Key Features

  • At UMC we balance the practical skills students need through experiential learning and apply the theories required to build a successful career.
  • Graduates of the Equine Science program understand and are able to meet the daily nutrition, health care, and exercise/training needs of horses in their care.
  • Our Equine Pre-Vet Emphasis option gives graduates the large animal hands-on experience that is beneficial when seeking acceptance to a veterinary college or an advanced degree. We boast a high acceptance rate into these programs!
  • Students work directly with the 45 horses residing in the stables.horse
    • Students train, ride, groom, breed, show, and care for these horses in order to gain hands-on experience with a wide range of breeds.
    • Students are not assigned to one horse in particular (unless they are in the training and showing class) but rather work with and ride a variety of the horses.

Barn Arena

  • Students attend classes and labs in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC), an award winning facility on the north end of campus. Along with classrooms, a science lab and faculty offices, the building has great features:
    • 90 x 120 ft. heated indoor arena with seating for 205 people
    • 45-stall stable, each stall with automatic waterers
    • Saddles and equipment for Western, hunt, all-purpose, and saddle seat 
    • Training / round-pen with sand footing
    • Paddocks for turnout
    • Breeding phantom and stocks
    • Driving carts and harnesses
    • Large tack room, locker room, and wash rack
    • See more pictures and 360's of the University Teaching and Outreach Center

Round Pen in the Barns

  • Discover your interests in a broad-base curriculum that allows you to follow your passion in the equine industry with classes taught by award winning faculty.
  • Our graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in equine-related employment and have the business and management experience necessary in the field.
  • Gain valuable riding skills, time management, and team building skills by riding on the NCAA Equestrian Team in Hunt Seat or Western
  • UMC offers many leadership opportunities in equine-related clubs for all students including the Rodeo AssociationPre-Veterinary Club, Horse Judging Club and Horseman’s Association.


Would you like to donate a horse, equipment or other supplies to the Equine Science Program? Learn more about donating!

Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum

To view the current Equine Science, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:
View Equine Science, BS curriculum

The Equine Science major offers two areas of emphasis:

  • Equine Science
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Also, we offer a minor in Equine Science:
View Equine Science minor curriculum

Associated Clubs & Organizations



Equine Science graduates are able to pursue careers in a wide range of equine-related fields, as well as going on to a veterinary college or graduate school. Listed below are some of the careers where past graduates are working.

  • Equine appraiser
  • Stable manager
  • Equine nutrition and feed sales
  • Equine industry journalist
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Equine rehabilitation and rescue
  • Horse judging
  • Riding instructor
  • Horse show manager
  • Guest ranch manager
  • Horse equipment representative
  • Equine assisted therapy
  • Buyer or pedigree evaluator
  • Breed or discipline association specialist/administrator
  • Horse exerciser or trainer
  • Stud farm manager or assistant
  • Horse farm, ranch manager
  • Extension educator
  • Equestrian team coach or youth worker
  • Professional in marketing or advertising
  • Drug and pharmaceutical company management and sales
  • Bloodstock management, technical service, sales
  • Stable owner
  • Camp manager

Graduates are prepared for graduate studies in:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Reproductive physiology
  • Equine nutrition

Student Stories

Student Stories

Brooke Leininger showing her horse

Brooke Leininger, the equestrian head coach and instructor at University of Minnesota, Crookston talks about her experience in "Handling All in Stride"PDF File Icon from the Spring 2014 version of the <link>Torch magazine. 

Rachel Quale, an equine science major from St. Cloud, Minnesota, tells about her experiences as a student and discusses the coursework in the Equine Science major.

Emily Krull, a double major in animal and equine science from Two Harbors, Minnesota, talks about her experiences as a student and why she chose to attend UMC.

Originally from Sartell, Minnesota, Tony Dank '10 graduated with a double major in animal science and equine science. He is currently studying veterinary medicine at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Tony Dank

Also read his article "'Knew' as the Romans 'Knew'" PDF File Iconin the Fall 2010 version of the <link>Torch magazine. 

Senior Amanda Peterson from Rochester, Minnesota, majoring in equine science and agricultural business at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She has also taken a leadership role in the Golden Eagle Western Equestrian Team. Read "Riding Smart"PDF File Icon from the Summer 2009 <link>Torch magazine.

Senior Heather Donati-Lewis from Narcoossee, Florida, majoring in equine science with a pre-veterinary science emphasis at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Read "'Honor' able"PDF File Icon from the Spring 2009 <link>Torch magazine.

Gretchen Lucken

Senior Gretchen Lucken '11 an equine science major talks about her experience at UMC and her study abroad experience. Read "Travel Abroad Epiphany"PDF File Icon from the Summer 2010 <link>Torch magazine.

Horse Donation Program

Horse Donation Program

Would you like to donate or lease a horse or other equipment and supplies to the Equine Science Program? There are many benefits!

Benefits to donating a horse or other equipment and supplies

  • Donation has many benefits for income taxes.
  • The knowledge that you are providing quality horses or supplies for the training of future professionals in the equine industry.

Horses donated to the University of Minnesota Crookston are excepted to have the ability to go right into UMC’s lesson program. Lessons are conducted 5 days a week with each horse being used 3-5 times per week on average. UMC does not accept horses with intention of selling them, however, if we feel the horse cannot meet the demands of our program, the horse may be sold or donated to an approved home with the donor having the first buy back option.

Type of horse desired

  • Physically and mentally sound
  • Can be used by riders of multiple skill levels
  • Has a background in one or more of the following disciplines:
    • Western
    • Driving
    • Hunt Seat
    • Jumping
    • Dressage
    • Saddle Seat
  • Has a temperament that will allow the horse to thrive in a school environment

Prospective Horse Donation Application Form

If you are interested in donating your horse please complete the Prospective Horse Donation Application form. This form may be printed and mailed or you may include it as an attachment via email. If it is possible, please include photos and/or videos of your horse as well. This will help us to determine if your horse is suitable for our program at this time. Thank you for considering the University of Minnesota Crookston as a possible new home for your horse!

Mail form to
University of Minnesota Crookston
c/o Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
2900 University Avenue
Crookston, MN 56716


Email form, pictures and/or videos to
Leah Stroot - stroot@crk.umn.edu

Thank you for considering the generous gift of your horse to UMC. Someone from the program will contact you regarding the application.

Donation Thank Yous!!

We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude towards those who have donated horses to us...
Milstan's Stables - S.D. Sahlstrom - St. Cloud, MN
Lucinda Demarais - Red Lake Falls, MN
Chris Holland - Oxbow, ND
Richard and Pam Maygra - Crookston, MN
Richard Pals - Alexander, IA
Del and Judy Roelofs - Erskine, MN
Margaret Drury - Clarks Grove, MN
William and Nancy Zats - Plymouth, MN
Dr. S.D. Sahlstrom - St. Cloud, MN
Maureen Murphy - Long Lake, MN
Eugene and MaryAnne Dietz - Farmington, MN
Georgia Orton - Elkhorn, NE
Eric and Kandee Johnson - Red Lake Falls, MN
James Sterriker - Excelsior, MN
Marjorie Berendt - Cannon Falls, MN
Michelle Wilcox King - Medina, MN
Jeffery Field - Las Vegas, NV
Eugene Scarberry - Fargo, ND
Charles Horowitz - Plymouth, MN
Austin Scholl - Bismarck, ND

The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage

Small Campus. Big Degree.

Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.

Learning and Doing

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

A Technology-Rich Environment

At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.

Internships, Job Placement and Grad School

More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.

Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options

Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.

Leadership, Clubs and Athletics

Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…

In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.

A Diverse, Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.

On-Campus Faculty

On-Campus Faculty

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