Program Requirements

  • Proof of medical insurance for the student is required.
  • Because of the sequential nature of certain required courses, students entering in January will have less flexibility in course selection.
  • Students must enroll in two equitation classes (two academic credits each) during their program. Each course has a fee and is not counted as part of an overload;
  • All equestrian team students must enroll in a riding class each semester which is therefore not billed as an overload in addition to the riding course fee. Non-program walk-trot riding students may enroll in a riding class or choose an equivalent activity as designated by the head coach;
  • An elective equine internship may be taken after the successful completion of three semesters of coursework in the program. Internships can be arranged during a semester, between semesters, or during the summer. Students interested in an internship in another state or abroad should plan on completing the internship during the summer or should plan on devoting a complete semester to the experience;
  • BU 481 is the required internship for the senior capstone experience. Students can enroll in the course as early as the summer between their junior and senior years and must have earned at least 90 credits;
  • Students who are required to take practicums are encouraged to attend summer college or enroll in winter session or summer session courses at some point if they plan on finishing the program within four years;
  • Students intending to complete the Equine Reproductive Management Certificate should plan on using some of their elective credits to take the required courses. This sequence begins in the fall of the junior year and continues through the spring of the junior and senior years;
  • A wide variety of equine electives are offered each semester, including courses in equine reproduction, horse show management, riding instruction, equine photography, equine behavior, horse-training techniques, and advanced equine management, as well as special topics;
  • Students who transfer credits in should be aware that their capstone experience (BU 495), BU 499 and BU 481 must be taken in residence at Cazenovia College; and
  • Cazenovia College abides by a Horse Welfare Work Standard.  This standard (which is based on the latest research)  states that no horse being ridden will ordinarily be asked to carry a combined weight (student+tack) that exceeds 17% of the horse’s own body weight.  Furthermore no horse being driven will be asked to pull a combined weight (student+vehicle) exceeding the horse’s own body weight.  .Students entering the program with a documented physical requirement for a certain size or type of horse will be furnished with reasonable accommodations, however students should realize such horses may not be available every semester and this could impact their progress in the program.