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Equine programs

Morehead State University Horses

Morehead State is home to approximately 40 horses of different breeds and types, who are used in riding classes, equestrian team practices, equine science labs and veterinary technology labs. We are one of the few schools in the United States to offer a saddle seat riding program, and our equine herd includes a handful of American Saddlebreds alongside our thoroughbreds, warmbloods, quarter horses and other traditional riding program horses. In addition to our riding herd, MSU is home to several breeding mares and stallions used to teach students about equine reproduction and we are expecting our first foals this spring. Our horses are leased or donated to MSU from a variety of backgrounds but most are show horses retiring to a second career of teaching students. The horses are versatile enough to both teach beginners and transition into show horses and we have a horse suitable to teach and challenge every rider.

Equine Academic Programs

Morehead State offers both a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science and a Horsemanship Minor. The B.S. in Equine Science at Morehead State University is an area of concentration in agricultural sciences. Agriculture core courses comprise the basis for the degree with ancillary courses in horsemanship, equitation teaching, equine management, equine breeding and reproduction, animal nutrition, livestock judging and other support instruction. This program provides hands-on opportunities at the Derrickson Agriculture Complex, the University's 325-acre working farm. For more information, visit the Equine Science page.

Equestrian Teams

MSU's intercollegiate equestrian team fields a hunt seat, a western and a saddle seat team. MSU's teams welcome students from all areas of study. All three teams are part of the Equestrian Club, which is open to anyone interested in the program regardless of experience. Overall, the three teams and club members work as a single entity and make for a great environment to learn and enjoy the equestrian field. For more information, visit the Equestrian Teams page.

Boarding at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex

You can bring your horse with you and board it at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex! Just minutes from campus, student boarders have the option of self- or full-care board. Student boarders have access to our heated wash rack, outdoor and heated indoor arenas and round pen. Student-boarded horses are housed in a separate shed-row style barn with cross-ties, feed rooms and a tack room. For more information and current prices, please contact Randy Gauche,

Equestrian Camps and Riding Lessons

During the summers and some semesters, lessons and camps are offered to members of the community on Morehead State's herd of school horses. These lessons are led by the equestrian coach, assisted by student workers. Dates and availability varies by semester. Visit the Equestrian Camps and Riding Lessons page for more information.
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