Equine Science


Equine Science is the study of the principles behind the biology, function, and management of the horse. Santa Rosa Junior College offers an outstanding Equine Science Program. The curriculum is focused on: the care and feeding, and handling of horses; horseback riding; and running horse-related businesses, such as riding schools, boarding stables, and equine assisted activity programs. The program offers students unparalleled opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and experience that will help them gain strong competitive positions in the industry.

Top Instruction through Practical Experience and State-of-the-art Facilities

Learning in SRJC's Equine Science courses combines theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a blend of lecture classes and hands-on lab classes at SRJC's beautiful 365-acre Shone Farm.

The SRJC Shone Farm Equestrian Center includes a state-of-the-art Warren G. Dutton Jr. Agricultural Pavilion with both indoor and large outdoor arenas with all-weather footing, a mare motel, stable, large hay storage barn, and turn out pastures; facilities that rival most four-year colleges. Students learn from top faculty in the field in an environment with the highest safety rating for both them and the horses.

Students involved in SRJC's Equine Science Program can engage in numerous outreach activities that expand their skills in Equine Science: field trips, internships, conferences, guest speakers, exposure to job opportunities, and volunteer work. Additionally, students have opportunities to work at Shone Farm through paid part-time positions and internships for on-the-job experience while earning academic credit.

Student-centered Instruction

SRJC's Equine Science Program provides students with the option of an Associate in Science Degree in Equine Science or a Certificate of Achievement in Horse Management. The Equine Science associate degree program is based on a broad technical study of all phases of equine business and management practices combining with the general studies classes required to become a well-rounded individual. The Certificate of Achievement in Horse Management includes all equine courses, but does not require general education courses.

The Equine Science Program is structured to allow students to concentrate in the specific area of the industry in which they are the most interested. Through a variety of elective courses and specialized internship opportunities, students are encouraged to participate in designing a course of study that best meets their career goals.

Certificates and Majors

Therapeutic Riding

SRJC also offers students the opportunity to participate in the equestrian program through therapeutic riding. Recognized as one of the most progressive forms of therapeutic intervention, equine assisted activities and therapeutic riding provide students with disabilities the ability to receive physical, cognitive and social-emotional benefit through involvement with the horse in both ground and mounted lessons. The College offers courses for training in therapeutic riding, as well as courses for riders that work to increase balance, muscle control, strength, concentration, patience, responsibilities, and teamwork.

Gain the Competitive Edge

Today's multi-billion dollar horse industry is diverse, sophisticated, and high tech. Knowledgeable, skilled employees are sought to work in this multifaceted field that annually employs 1.4 million people full time. Students who have earned an Equine Science degree at SRJC are more than qualified for a wide variety of the diverse careers in the equine industry.

Many Equine Science graduates aim for a future in horse farm management at breeding facilities, lesson barns, and race and show training stables. Students may also qualify for employment as technologists, consultants, show and race facility managers, and staff, high school and junior college riding and equine science instructors, government agents, journalists, and sales or service representatives for companies promoting horse feed, health, and care products. Other career opportunities are available through breed associations, humane organizations, agriculture extension services, recreational services, horse publications, and more.

The vitality and effectiveness of SRJC's Animal and Equine Science programs are directly dependent upon strong partnerships with the livestock and equine industry. To ensure that curriculum is relevant and that students are gaining the skills needed to be successful in the job market, the Equine Science Advisory Committee is composed of prominent local industry leaders.