The horse industry is a dynamic industry that encompasses not only the breeding, raising and training of horses, but also all the supporting industries that provide services to the horse industry, which include, but are not limited to, feed, pharmaceutical, veterinary and horse supply businesses. Today’s equine students must not only have good Degree Informationhorsemanship skills, but also have a basic knowledge of business and be able to communicate.The University of Kentucky`s Equine Science and Management Program is strategically located in the heart of horse country where one has access to the premier sales and training facilities as well as horse show and event facilities.

All students are required to take 25 credits in the major, which provides a strong background in equine science, management and business. They can then select courses in one of four emphasis areas: Business, Community Leadership and Development, Equine Science, and Forage/Pasture. This allows the student to customize their Equine Science and Management degree by taking courses in one or several emphasis areas.

Major Sheet

Emphasis Areas (Sample Four-Year Plan)


This area will provide students with a strong background in basic sciences, preparing them for graduate school or careers that include laboratory research assistants, breeding technicians, pharmaceutical sales representatives or technical representatives for the feed industry.


This area will help students learn skills related to marketing, operations and management of equine businesses, preparing them for careers as farm managers, as well as business managers for equine enterprises, breed associations and sales associates. This area also introduces students to the diversity of the equine industry through courses in equine law, sales, careers, event planning, marketing and human resources.

Community Leadership and Development 

This is an area for students who are interested in leadership roles in businesses, breed associations or nonprofit equine organizations or Cooperative Extension. Courses in this emphasis area will enhance students’ communication skills and bolster their awareness about community dynamics, leadership development and agriculture communication.

Forages/Pasture Management 

Students will obtain knowledge in agronomic practices. This area will prepare students for careers related to general horse farm management or graduate school. These students will take courses in soil composition and fertility, forages, weed identification and control and pest management.

Courses and Degree Requirements

  • Major Sheet – All degree requirements for the Equine Science and Management degree can be found here.  
  • Emphasis Area Courses – This list provides an overview of the courses offered in each emphasis area, which semester(s) they are taught and if there are any pre-requisites for the course.  
  • Equine-Related/Major Requirement Course Descriptions – University of Kentucky is fortunate to offer a wide variety of equine specific courses. This list provides an overview and description of each of the courses currently offered including equine specific and the major requirement courses for the degree.  
  • UK Core Class Requirements