Equine studies degrees available from Montana Western:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Natural Horsemanship.
This four-year degree program gives students the opportunity to learn the skills of natural horsemanship and obtain a career in the many equine-related fields. Majors include:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration, Equine Management option.
This degree provides the information needed to start or manage an equestrian-related business.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Equine Studies.
This two-year degree is designed to provide students with a background for pursuing a career that draws on their passion for horses.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Natural Horsemanship.
This two-year degree program gives students the opportunity to learn some of the skills of natural horsemanship and obtain a career in many equine-related fields.
Here are just two great examples of equine studies courses at Montana Western. For a full course selection, please see the course catalog.
EQST 352, Natural Horsemanship: Refining the Foundation
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.
EQST 404, Contemporary Issues & Ethics in the Equine Industry
In this course students will learn to apply the integrated business skills gained during their academic classes, along with knowledge of contemporary issues and current affairs in the equine industry, to an equine business setting. Some of the topics to be covered may include strategic vision, ranch or equine facility management, ethics and issues of breeding, buying or selling, or competing with horses, contemporary or current political issues regarding horses or their use, sales and marketing, and client and public relations. Students will have the opportunity to do research on a current or contemporary issue regarding horses and their management and then compile that research into an evaluated presentation detailing how that issue will affect the ownership of horses or the management of an equine business. Further student evaluation will be obtained through written assessments, participation in lab, lecture or internet discussions, and a final exam.
Layne Carlson, D.V.M. (emeritus)
Layne Carlson is the newest member of the equine sciences department. He received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 1979. Carlson has been a mixed-animal practitioner for the past 30 years in Idaho and Montana. He recently sold his practice in Twin Bridges, Mont., which he started in 1983. Carlson teaches a variety of classes and enjoys the challenge of the classroom.
Iola Else, M.S.
Iola Else, Montana Western’s accomplished rodeo coach, also brings her lifelong knowledge of and experience with horses to Montana Western’s equine studies program. In addition to supervising natural horsemanship courses, Else teaches facilities management and young-horse starting and development. She is the campus’ liaison to La Cense Montana ranch where the courses in natural horsemanship are conducted.
Eric Hoffmann holds an A.A.S. in Equine Management and Training from Laramie County Community College. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from the University of Wyoming and is currently working on a master’s degree in agriculture education from Montana State University. Hoffmann is the equine manager and head instructor at LaCense Montana. He has taught the natural horsemanship classes at Montana Western for four years. His classes include EQUH 254, 255, 351, 352, 453, and EQST 391 and 491. Hoffmann has been a student of horsemanship for 15 years.
For more information about the center
contact Jesse Peterson at 406-660-0499.
New center is home to UMW equine programs.
To Support Montana Western’s thriving equine programs, the university has established a partnership with the private, non-profit Montana Center for Horsemanship (MCH), a new equine facility for program instruction and boarding. Located only 1.5 miles from the main campus, the facility offers a comfortable, friendly and secure place for students and their horses. Amenities offered at the center include:
- Twice-daily feeding of high quality grass hay.
- Pens cleaned and maintained by MCD staff.
- Long-term trailer parking.
- Short-term car/truck parking.
- Full size outdoor arena (150′x300′) for classes and student use.
- Individual tack lockers for each student conveniently located within each horse’s pen.
- Transportation to and from La Cense for use of the indoor arena.
- Individual horse boarding in a 20′x60′ pen (12’20′ covered).
Natural horsemanship majors must board their horses at MCH. This will reduce the need for a truck and trailer, help students to maintain class attendance in poor weather, and foster a communal environment where the lessons taught in class can be discussed and practiced.