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Agricultural Education
Equine Science
Equine Science is a one-unit course that is appropriate for inclusion where interest and emphasis on horses and other equine species merit its offering. Content includes importance of equine, classes, breeds, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and feeding, facilities, production practices, and disease and pest control. Content also includes care, grooming, equitation, tack, and safety. FFA and supervised experience will be included as appropriate.
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Introduction to Agriscience

Unit EQS1: Nature and importance of
equine science (9 hours)

Benchmark EQS1-1: Students will discuss
the meaning and history of equine science.

Benchmark EQS1-2: Students will
describe the scope and importance of horses, donkeys, mules, and related
species in Oklahoma and the United States.

Benchmark EQS1-3: Students will list
and explain ways equine are useful to people.

Benchmark EQS1-4: Students will explain
the importance and practice of animal well-being and ethics with equine.

Unit EQS2: Career entry and advancement
in the equine industry (5 hours)

Benchmark EQS2-1: Students will
identify occupations in the equine industry and list the competencies needed
for occupational entry.

Benchmark EQS2-2: Students will name
and describe important personal skills for success in the equine industry.

Unit EQS3: Personal and occupational
safety with equine (5 hours)

Benchmark EQS3-1: Students will assess
personal and occupational safety situations in equine work and choose
appropriate safety practices.

Benchmark EQS3-2: Students will
properly select, use, and maintain personal protective equipment when working
with equine.

Benchmark EQS3-3: Students will
describe safe handling practices with equine.

Unit EQS4: Equine biology (17 hours)

Benchmark EQS4-1: Students will
identify equine by common and scientific names, including mules.

Benchmark EQS4-2: Students will
identify the major external parts of equine and relate these to conformation.

Benchmark EQS4-3: Students will name
and describe functions of the major body systems of equine, including skeletal,
muscular, digestive, urinary, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and endocrine.

Benchmark EQS4-4: Students will name
and explain the life needs of equine.

Benchmark EQS4-5: Students will explain
movement of horses as related to biomechanics, including gait and defects.

Benchmark EQS4-6: Students will explain
the meaning of unsoundness and identify common unsound characteristics found in

Unit EQS5: Equine genetics and
reproduction (13 hours)

Benchmark EQS5-1: Students will discuss
the importance of genetics and heredity with equine.

Benchmark EQS5-2: Students will
identify major parts and functions of male and female equine reproductive

Benchmark EQS5-3: Students will
describe the process of mating equine and the methods that are used.

Benchmark EQS5-4: Students will explain
the use of artificial insemination with equine.

Benchmark EQS5-5: Students will explain
phases of reproductive development in equine, including puberty, fertilization,
gestation, parturition, and lactation.

Benchmark EQS5-6: Students will
describe the care of pregnant mares, including feeding, exercise, housing, and

Benchmark EQS5-7: Students will
describe proper care of new-born foal and the developing young horse.

Unit EQS6: Nutrition and feeding of
equine (16 hours)

Benchmark EQS6-1: Students will explain
the nutrient needs of equine based on age, stage of life, and activity.

Benchmark EQS6-2: Students will
describe how the nutrient needs of equine are met with various feedstuffs,
including roughages, concentrates, supplements, and minerals.

Benchmark EQS6-3: Students will relate
the role and quality of pastures in the nutrition of horses.

Benchmark EQS6-4: Students will
describe the appropriate rations for equine that are practical, economical, and

Benchmark EQS-5: Students will
demonstrate the amount and method of feeding equine on pasture and in dry lot.

Unit EQS7: Equine health management (15

Benchmark EQS7-1: Students will explain
the meaning of health management and describe signs of health.

Benchmark EQS7-2: Students will relate
the role of nutrition to equine health.

Benchmark EQS7-3: Students will name
common diseases and parasites of equine, including symptoms and treatment.

Benchmark EQS7-4: Students will
identify practices in an equine health program, including vaccination and

Benchmark EQS7-5: Students will
demonstrate the administration of medications and first aid for equine.

Benchmark EQS7-6: Students will explain
the meaning and importance of tooth and hoof care of equine.

Unit EQS8: Equine selection
and management (16 hours)

Benchmark EQS8-1: Students
will classify horses by size and type, age, and sex condition.

Benchmark EQS8-2: Students
will identify major breeds of horses and classify the breed by type.

Benchmark EQS8-3: Students
will describe normal breeding practices and methods.

Benchmark EQS8-4: Students
will describe housing and facility needs of equine.

Unit EQS9: Equitation (17

Benchmark EQS9-1: Students
will discuss the meaning and importance of equitation.

Benchmark EQS9-2: Students
will identify and demonstrate the use, care, and storage of tack.

Benchmark EQS9-3: Students
will demonstrate how to prepare a horse for riding, including bridling and

Benchmark EQS9-4: Students
will demonstrate basic skills in equitation with English and Western riding,
trail, hunter-under-saddle, reigning, dressage, including mounting and
dismounting, seat position, holding the reins, horse control, and movement.

Benchmark EQS9-5: Students
will demonstrate proper dress for equitation.

Unit EQS10: Agricultural
education (7 hours)

Benchmark EQS10-1: Students
will manage an appropriate supervised experience in equine science.

Benchmark EQS10-2: Students
will identify opportunities for participation and advancement in the FFA
related to equine science.

Equine: General Equine Assistant -

Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association

Quarter Horse Racing Association

Thoroughbred Association

Equine Science Learning Laboratory Kit - Ohio State University, Curriculum Materials Service.

Equine Management and Production -CIMC

Supplemental VHS and DVD's - CIMC

The Career Guide to the Horse Industry, Landers. 2002. Delmar-Thomson Learning.

Horses and Horse Management 8th edition, Ensminger. 2004. Interstate Publishers.

Equine Science and Evaluation, CEV Multimedia

Equine Safety, Mackenzie, Delmar Publishing, 1998.

Equine Science, Parker, Delmar Publishing, 2008.

Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Animal Science Animal Science