Horse Management

The Horse Management program includes coursework in horse farm management, feeding and nutrition, basic reproduction, horse behavior, horsemanship, exercise physiology, and horse election/judging.

The typical program is three semesters of on-campus learning and one semester of off-campus placement training experience at a horse facility. Students can also focus their area of interest toward management, reproduction, riding instruction or training.


Areas of study include:

  • Horse farm management
  • Horse behavior and welfare
  • Horse nutrition and feeding
  • Horse exercise physiology
  • Agricultural communications

Students can also get involved in a variety of clubs and organizations including the Horseman’s Association, Equestrian Team, Polo Team, Driving Club, Dressage Club and Rodeo Club.

Additionally, students can participate on the MSU Horse Judging Team, which competes at the Arabian Nationals and either the Quarter Horse Congress or World. Summer show training or dressage training classes also offer additional opportunities for competition.

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Career Opportunities

Following graduation, students earn a certificate preparing them for the job market. If interested, students can also transfer into Michigan State University to earn a bachelor degree in animal science or another related major.

Graduates find careers in horse industries and operations based on their interests.

Some career paths include:

  • Horse trainer or instructor
  • Horse breeder
  • Show groomer
  • Boarding facility manager


The Horse Management certificate program is based in East Lansing on the campus of Michigan State University.

Program requirements:

  • 48 credits
  • 3-4 semesters of classroom instruction
  • 1 semester off-campus internship (primarily during the summer from May to August)

Learn more about the MSU requirements and courses in Horse Management certificate program.

Class sizes are small and students receive individualized instruction in addition to access to Big Ten facilities and experiences. All students will engage in a clerkship experience at the MSU Horse Teaching & Research Center.

Some learning facilities include:


IAT coordinators help students find and secure organizations to mentor them as part of their required certificate program internship. Not only does this provide immediate on-the-job experience, but internships also help with networking and industry connections.

Some internship locations include:

  • Arabian horse training facility – Wisconsin
  • Barrel horse farm – Virginia
  • Breeding, boarding and riding lesson facilities – several Michigan locations
  • Standardbred racing stable – Michigan
  • Training and boarding farm – Virginia
  • Dressage facility – Florida
  • Therapeutic riding facilities – Michigan
  • Quarter horse farms – Colorado, Texas

Program Coordinator

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the Horse Management program coordinator.