Equine Training


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.


This is the study of equine breeding discussing the reproductive systems of stallions and mares.  Breeding practices, fetal development, parturition, care and handling of breeding stock and foals, breeding farm design and management. 

Mon/Wed, Sept 8-Oct 22, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks       Littleton Campus
HRSM 1031F01-69084                                                    $130

Pasture Management

Learn about the care of pastureland. This includes fertilizing, irrigation, hay varieties, crops, haying, soil testing, grazing practices as well as how to maximize pasture usage.

Mon/Wed, Sept 8-Oct 22, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks     Littleton Campus
HRSM 1050F01-69085                                                       $130

Ground Work

This is a practical and hands-on course covering safe ground handling, leading, round pen work, stalking, lunging, long-lining and ground driving. Field trips and labs to be determined outside of lecture sessions.*No class November 26.

Mon/Wed, Oct 27-Dec 17*, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks     Littleton Campus
HRSM 2014F01-69087                                                    $130


Learn about the principles of Mendelian inheritance, random heredity, the selection of traits, and the creation of alleles. *No class November 26.

Mon/Wed, Oct 27-Dec 17*, 7:45-9:14 p.m., 7 wks     Littleton Campus
HRSM 1037F01-69088                                                         $130

Equine Internships

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

HRSM 1009F01-69089*  20 hours a week  $499
HRSM 1009F02-69090*  30 hours a week  $599
HRSM 1009F03-69091*  40 hours a week  $699

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

Sept 8-Dec 10*                     Locations arranged with instructor
HRSM 1010F01-69083                                     $399

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, Sept 9-Dec 9, 6-7:30 p.m., 14 wks     Littleton Campus
HRSM 1002F01-69086                                         $130