In this course, students will consider, research and debate the pros and cons of current issues and ethical dilemmas that face the equine industry today. By applying learned business and management skills gained during previous academic classes, students will prepare to discuss each topic or issue in a fair and balanced way. Some topics to be debated: ethical breeding practices in regards to inherited conditions, ethics of cloning and freezing of semen and embryos, the return of horse slaughter and equine transportation to such a destination, shoeing vs barefoot trim, doping of show horses, race track issues of breakdown and drugging, soring of show horses, animal welfare, animal hoarding, abuse/neglect/abandonment of horses, mustangs, BLM management, capture techniques, disaster rescue or lack of it and others as time allows and needs arise. Legal issues and liability will be addressed. Students will research their topic to prepare for their presentation to include details on how the issue will affect the horse and owner and ethics involved in each situation. Further student evaluation will be obtained through written assignments, participation in discussions, lecture or Moodle for discussions, quizzes and exams. A discovery of an individual’s inventory of ethics held will evolve during discussions.
This course brings together the skills and knowledge gained in all previous natural horsemanship courses. The student and horse are now achieving a solid level of communication both on-the-ground and in the saddle. This communication continues to be more refined, and the high level of confidence and respect between the horse and the student becomes evident. Upon completion of this course, the student and horse have all the ingredients of mental, emotional, and physical collection that is the foundation of horsemanship. The solid foundation will enable the student and horse to progress into whatever facet of horsemanship is desired. In addition to mastery of the theory and ideology of natural horsemanship, students must also demonstrate their competency and mastery of covered techniques by their correct application of skills sets with their horse, both on-the-ground and under saddle.
Recent Montana Western graduate Taeler Rodriguez has been accepted to the University of Denver’s graduate program.
Kolby Brown is a literature major at the University of Montana Western.
Marcus Williams came to Montana Western to play football and major in business administration.
UMW grad Justinn Marshall was accepted into the University of Washington's regional medical education program.
Coming to Montana Western was part of fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a doctor for Lindsey Densmore.