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Equine Studies Minor

Horse classes at SDSU

People of all backgrounds and careers have an interest in owning at least one horse. Others have been in the business for years and find it a pleasing way of life as well as a profitable business venture. If either of these situations describes you, the Department of Animal Sciences of South Dakota State University offers educational opportunities that will help you reach your goals.

Equine Studies Minor

The Equine Studies minor is designed for student from all majors who wish to supplement their academic major with studies in equine science, management, and industry trends. Upon completion of the minor, students will:

  • Have a fundamental knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health and functional structure of a horse necessary to successfully manage horses for pleasure and/or business
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify early signs of disease and lameness
  • Determine and manage appropriate diets for various classes of horses
  • Manage a herd of broodmares during breeding season
  • Exhibit business knowledge of an equine facility, and
  • Exhibit horsemanship skills

Faculty will engage students in a variety of scholastic settings, including use of the SDSU Equine Teaching Facility, incorporating experiential learning to supplement classroom topics.

Equine Studies Minor handout.

Equine specific faculty:

Explore SDSU's equine offerings and facilities further:

Interested to hear more about horse-related happenings on campus? Email Carol Kleinjan (Carol.Kleinjan@SDSTATE.EDU) to join the SDSU Equine listserv.





Updated 3/7/17

Course catalog

Check the course catalog for current and upcoming equine courses: 

Equine Teaching Facility

South Dakota State University built its present horse barn in 1925, the beginning of a facility that would provide years of educational experience.

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Horse Club

The SDSU Horse Club works to promote the equine industry to SDSU students, the Brookings community and across the entire state of South Dakota. The club consists of approximately 25 active members who host a variety of activities both on and off the campus.

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Little International

Little International is a two-day agricultural exposition planned, organized, and implemented by students at South Dakota State University for the benefit of high school and college students. Little International is considered the largest two-day agricultural exposition in the country.

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Rodeo Club

The SDSU rodeo club is one of the largest clubs on campus and is a vital part of the rodeo team's success. The rodeo club is involved in the rodeo practices, fund raising, and the production of the Jackrabbit Stampede rodeo.

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