Equine Studies

Get on track with professional training for a career working with horses. Our programs can lead to a position as a jockey, horseman or racing official.

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What is Equine Studies?

The Equine Studies program will prepare students for a career as an equine professional such as jockey, horseman, or racing official. Students will learn basics of horse care; principles and techniques for riding as it relates to racehorse exercise, requirements for advancing to a professional jockey career; anatomy and physiology of horses; and life skills necessary for a successful career in the Equine industry.

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Visit the program website to learn more about degree requirements, program faculty, career opportunities, and more.


What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

A program plan describes the degree requirements (courses) and the sequence for completing the courses. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.


Horseman (PDF) (Word)
Jockey (PDF) (Word)


Horseman (PDF) (Word)
Jockey (PDF) (Word)


Equine Industry Workforce (PDF) (Word)
Exercise Rider (PDF) (Word)
Racehorse Care and Breaking (PDF) (Word)
Veterinary Assistant (PDF) (Word)

Additional Information

Equine Industry Workforce: 16 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Racehorse Care and Breaking: 20 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Exercise Rider: 22 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Veterinary Assistant: 27 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Equine Studies: 35 - 38 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Equine Studies- Horseman Track: 60 - 63 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Equine Studies- Jockey Track: 60 - 63 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

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Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Dixie Hayes
Equine Studies
Program Coordinator