EQUINE INDUSTRY AND MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Gain academic, technical, and professional skills while learning to establish safe, trusting, and responsive relationships with horses. Based on your interests, courses may be taken individually or as a series culminating in a non-credit professional certificate.
Damian Ficca, the lead instructor, is a Denver native who has worked horses throughout the western United States. He is one of a select group of individuals who specialize in traditional western training, with roots in the Spanish California and Nevada horse training methods.
Horse Training and Horsemanship Lab
Gain hands-on practice in the skills and methods for ground handling babies, yearlings and older horses; green broke training; retraining and finishing horses. Students must complete an average of 10 hours of lab work and 4 hours of independent study weekly. *Days and times scheduled with the instructor. Sessions held at barns throughout the region
Equine Special Topics
Presentations and guest speakers on a variety of topics related to horsemanship, horse training, health care, hoof care, nutrition, and management will be offered. Course covers seasonal as well as timely topics.
Tue, May 5-Aug 4, 6-7:30 p.m., 14 wks Littleton Campus
HRSM 1002S01-81818 $130
Teaching Methods for Horse Training and Riding Instruction I
Learn how to create confident riders and horses using the Spanish, California and Nevada training methods including building confidence between horse and rider, using the senses and instincts of the horse for training, and creating communication between horse and handler to help ensure safe handling. Class also includes lab sessions to be determined outside of classroom lectures. *No class May 25.
Mon/Wed, May 4-Jun 22*, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks Littleton Campus
Arena Training Teaching Methods Level I
This practicum course will cover basic concepts of arena etiquette, arena safety, supervision of individual riders and groups, and lunging, ground driving and riding in the arena. Class also includes lab sessions to be determined outside of classroom lectures. *No class May 25.
Mon/Wed, May 4-Jun 22*, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks Littleton Campus
HRSM 1011S01-81824 $130
Teaching Methods for Horse Training and Riding Instruction II
Students will learn classroom and arena training strategies and safety techniques. They will create lessons plans, practice both classroom and arena teaching, develop research skills, and testing methods Prerequisite: Teaching Methods for Horse Training and Riding Instruction I. Class also includes lab sessions to be determined outside of classroom lectures. *Class begins on Wednesday.
Mon/Wed*, Jun 24-Aug 10, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks Littleton Campus
HRSM 2012M01-59332 $130
Arena Training Teaching Methods Level II
A continuation of Arena Training Teaching Methods this course will review designs for horse shows, competitions, basic course design, and the use of cavalletti systems. Students will design their competitions and participate in them. Class also includes lab sessions to be determined outside of classroom lectures. Prerequisite: Arena Training Teaching Methods Level I.* Class begins on Wednesday.
Mon/Wed*, Jun 24-Aug 10, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks Littleton Campus
HRSM 2011M01-59333 $130
Gain professional experience in equine training and management through internships in the equine industry. Instructor approves placements and works closely with intern and sponsor. *Days and times scheduled with the instructor