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Equine Management Program

The Equine Management program is a progressive four/five-year program, depending on a student’s entry to The Stables, that introduces students to agriculture, teaches horsemanship skills and prepares students for successful careers in the equine industry.  Students start out by learning about the agriculture industry, the different sectors and career options within the field while concurrently learning the basics of horse care, handling, and nutrition.  As they progress through the program, students learn intermediate and advanced skills in horsemanship, veterinary science, and business administration within the industry.  As juniors and seniors in the program, students can gain hands-on job training in co-op placements as well as direct internships in the local equine industry.  The program provides each student with hands-on life skills and works directly with our local organizations, businesses, and community to facilitate a smooth transition into a skilled workforce.  

The Stables is housed within the Kentucky Horse Park on the property of Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), a PATH Premier accredited therapeutic riding center.  Not only are students enrolled in the Equine Management program, but they are immersed in a culture of equine assisted learning where the benefits include skills related to problem solving, analysis of activities, tolerance, effective communication, reflection; and facilitate social, emotional, and cognitive development.  Students can see the value in what CKRH provides to our local community and participate in community outreach activities.  In addition, CKRH is a fully operational horse farm and students get to work hands-on the horses and see all that it entails to run an equine business.