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Equine Training

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.

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

Winter

HRSM 1009W01-81736*   20 hours a week  $499
HRSM 1009W02-81737*   30 hours a week  $599
HRSM 1009W03-81738*   40 hours a week  $699

Spring

HRSM 1009S01-81820*  20 hours a week  $499
HRSM 1009S02-81821*  30 hours a week  $599
HRSM 1009S03-81822*  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

May 4-Aug 3*                            Locations arranged with instructor
HRSM 1010S01-81819                             $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

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
HRSM1012S01-81823                                                        $130

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 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 Pre-Requisite: 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. Pre-requiste: Arena Training Teaching Methods Level I.* Class begins on Wednesday.

Mon/Wed*, Jun 24-Aug 10, 7:45-9 p.m., 7 wks        Littleton Campus
HRSM 2011M01-59333                                                          $130