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.

Hoof Care I

This course covers the basic care of the hoof. This includes proper hoof handling, cleaning of the hoof, gaits and movement. No class January 19/21.

Mon/Wed, Jan 7-Feb 25, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks              Littleton Campus
HRSM 1021W01-81730                                                         $130

Hoof Anatomy and Physiology

Learn about the construction of the hoof, including its blood and nerve supply, connective tissue, and the implications for its growth and nourishment. No class January 19/21.

Mon/Wed, Jan 7-Feb 25, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks          Littleton Campus
HRSM 1022 W01-81731                                                        $130

Hoof Care II-Injuries

A continuation of Hoof Care I, this course reviews diseases and injuries of the hoof, trimming of the hoof, and products. Also students will begin to trim horses. Pre-requisite:  Hoof Care I and Hoof Anatomy and Physiology.

Mon/Wed, Mar 2-Apr 15, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks              Littleton Campus
HRSM 2021W01-81732                                                         $130

Hoof Care III-Treatment

This final in a series of hoof courses, students will cover an understanding of proper shoeing, corrective shoeing and therapeutic trimming and shoeing and shoeing evaluation. Students will continue to trim horses in an effort to refine their skills and knowledge of the hoof. Pre-requisite: Hoof Care I and II and Hoof Anatomy and Physiology. 

Mon/Wed, Mar 2-Apr 15, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks          Littleton Campus
HRSM 2022W01-81733                                                         $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


HRSM 1009W01-81736*   20 hours a week  $499
HRSM 1009W02-81737*   30 hours a week  $599
HRSM 1009W03-81738*   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

Jan 7-Apr 13*                        Locations arranged with instructor
HRSM 1010W01-81735                                   $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, Jan 6-Apr 14, 6-7:30 p.m., 14 wks     Littleton Campus
HRSM 1002W01-81734                                        $130