Equine Studies

Equine Studies

Three Concentrations

Three Concentrations

so you can study what interests you most

Working Farm

Working Farm

our campus is a 200-acre working horse farm – students can walk from their room to the barn in minutes

Work Experience

Work Experience

students earn valuable hands on experience on campus and at internship placements

Midway University is located at the epicenter of the equine industry and is a renowned equine studies college. From boarding and breeding operations, sales and racing, equine association headquarters, therapy centers, animal health and pharmaceutical companies, and renowned veterinary practices, our campus is perfectly situated to give future equestrians the chance to put their education into practice. As a part of our holistic approach to equestrian studies and equine training, our campus is a working horse farm providing true access to hands-on learning with our large equine herd of varying breeds and disciplines.

What is Equine Studies?

The Equine Studies program at Midway provides students with the essential skills they need to enter the broad equine industry or prepare for graduate school. Equine science degree students have opportunities throughout the program to work with a variety of breeds. Students are also able to perform tasks of varying levels in assisting with managing our farm and herd. Students learn basic horse handling techniques as well as barn and farm management principles and practices. Through academic preparation in theories and methods of equine characteristics and needs, students acquire the basis on which to make decisions affecting horse care.

Students who successfully complete the Equine Studies program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to implement and assess safe, ethical and sustainable equine management practices
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and to utilize emerging technologies related to the global equine industry
  • Demonstrate awareness of the human-horse bond and of diversity in the competitive and the non-competitive equine industries
  • Identify and evaluate equine anatomy and physiology and relate form to function and feeding strategy

Degree Options





Career Outlook

How can an Equine Studies degree work for you? According to the Kentucky Equine Survey, the economic impact of Kentucky’s equine industry is $4 billion and generates more than 80,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs.

Individuals with this degree often work in the equine industry and can serve in such roles as:

  • stable managers
  • show managers
  • riding instructors
  • farm managers
  • equine trainers
  • various associations or government agencies

Why Midway?


student-to-faculty ratio


90% of students receive some form of financial assistance


meet faculty face-to-face get in-person assistance

A Peek Inside Our Program

You will earn your bachelors in Equine Studies in 120 credit hours (4 years).

Course Number Name of Course Credit Hours

General Education Requirements


Major Course Requirements

EQS 109Equine Farm Operations I4
EQS 111Equine Farm Operations II4
EQS 165Introduction to the Equine Industry3
EQS 214Equine Healthcare Management3
EQS 215Equine Anatomy and Physiology3
EQS 216Equine Anatomy and Physiology Lab1
EQS 251Feeds, Feeding & Forages3
EQS 314Writing in Equine Studies3
EQS 318Equine Behavior3
EQS 395Equine Internship3
EQS 411Animal Ethics, Welfare, Rights and Law3
EQS 492Equine Capstone3
EQS 495Equine Senior Seminar1

Plus, one area of concentration from among the following or minor approved by the academic advisor


Concentration in Equine Management

EQS 209Equine Farm Operations Management I4
EQS 211Equine Farm Operations Management II 4
EQS 307Equine Reproductive Management3
EQS 327Pasture Management3
EQS 337Equine Facilities Management3
EQS 412Equine Facility Design3

Concentration in Equine Rehabilitation

EQS 226Equine Rehabilitation I3
EQS 326Equine Rehabilitation II3
EQS 335Integrative Performance Clinical3
EQS 356Exercise Physiology3
EQS 426Equine Rehabilitation III3
EQS 430Eastern Medicine3
EQS 435Nutrition and Pharmacology3

Concentration in Science

Students must complete a minimum of 21 hours in the concentration from the courses listed below. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies in veterinary or animal sciences should complete the science courses required by the graduate school of their choice

BIO 225Microbiology3
BIO 226Microbiology Laboratory1
CHM 170General Chemistry I4
CHM 171General Chemistry I Lab1
CHM 175General Chemistry II4
CHM 176General Chemistry II Lab1
CHM 330Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 331Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 335Organic Chemistry II4
CHM 336Organic Chemistry II Lab1
CHM 420Biochemistry3
CHM 421Biochemistry Lab1
EQS 325Comparative Anatomy and Physiology3
EQS 351Animal Nutrition3
MTH 143Trigonometry 1
PSC 240Physics I4
PSC 241Physics Laboratory I1



Total Credit Hours


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