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

    horsemanship 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 courses that provide a strong background in equine science, management and business. They can then select courses in one of three emphasis areas. This allows students to customize their Equine Science and Management degree by taking courses in one or several emphasis areas.

    Emphasis Areas 


    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.