Equine Training

Attention Horse Lovers!

FREE Info Session • Equine Open House

  • Thursday, October 27, 6-7 p.m., Littleton Campus
  • Learn about the program and talk with the instructor.
  • Refreshments provided.
  • Reservations required by submitting the form below or calling 303.797.5722
  • Registration confirmation, room location, and a parking pass will be provided via email a few days prior to the event.


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.

Nutrition & Feeding I

This is a study of the history of feeding horses and an examination of their needs for vitamins, minerals, energy, macro and micro nutrients, water, concentrates, commercial feeds, special feeds and additives, and supplements and conditioners. Class starts on Wednesday.

Mon/Wed, Sept 7-Oct 24*, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks          Littleton Campus
HRSM 1041F01-69487                                           $199, plus book                   

Digestive System

Learn about the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system including the metabolic problems and diseases that affect this system, injuries, and control of parasites. Class starts on Wednesday

Mon/Wed, Sept 7-Oct 24*, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks        Littleton Campus
HRSM 1032F01-69489                                            $199, plus book                 

Nutrition & Feeding II

A continuation of Nutrition and Feeding I, this course will cover grass hay, alfalfa hay, pasture, special diets, feeding programs and how to balance a ration. Pre-requisite: Nutrition and Feeding I. Class starts on Wednesday.

Mon/Wed, Oct 26-Dec 14*, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks          Littleton Campus
HRSM 2041F01-69490                                              $199, plus book                   

Skeletal System

Gain an in-depth understanding of your horse’s skeletal system in order to better manage its long-term health and development.  This course will cover the key elements of the skeleton, connective tissues, muscles, joints, and movement. Class starts on Wednesday.

Mon/Wed, Oct 26-Dec 14*, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks           Littleton Campus
HRSM 1033F01-69492                                                  $199, plus book           

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 6-Dec 14*                             Locations arranged with instructor
HRSM1010F01-69083                                     $399, plus book


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 6-Dec 6, 6-7:30 p.m., 14 wks  Littleton Campus
HRSM1002F01-69086                            $199, plus book

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


  • HRSM 1009S01-81820*     20 hours a week  $499
  • HRSM 1009S02-81821*     30 hours a week  $599
  • HRSM 1009S03-81822*    40 hours a week  $699


  • HRSM1009F01-69089* Add to Cart    20 hours a week   $499
  • HRSM1009F02-69090* Add to Cart    30 hours a week   $599
  • HRSM1009F03-69091* Add to Cart    40 hours a week   $699