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.

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 9-Dec 9*                           Locations arranged with instructor
HRSM1010F01-69083 Add to Cart                                                  $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 8-Dec 8, 6-7:30 p.m., 14 wks          Littleton Campus
HRSM1002F01-69086 Add to Cart                                                  $199

Nervous & Cardiovascular System

This course covers the equine brain, cranial nerves, spine, autonomic nervous system, major vascular patterns, heart, blood vessels, lymph system and bone marrow as well as diseases and injuries related to these two systems. Begins, Wed, Sept 9.

Mon/Wed, Sept 9-Oct 26, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks      Littleton Campus
HRSM 1034F01-69283 Add to Cart                                                 $199


This course will cover drug classifications, composition, therapeutics, metabolism, absorption, excretion, interaction, toxicology and drug testing. Begins Wed, Sept 9.

Mon/Wed, Sept 9-Oct 26, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks       Littleton Campus
HRSM 1036F01-69284 Add to Cart                                                 $199

Equine Hair, Skin, Eyes and Ears

This course covers a more in-depth orientation to the functions, anatomy and diseases related to equine hair, skin, eyes and ears. Begins Wed, Oct 28. *No class Nov 25.

Mon/Wed, Oct 28-Dec 16*, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks        Littleton Campus   
HRSM 1023F01-69285 Add to Cart                                                 $199

Respiratory System

This course covers topics related to the equine respiratory system such as the nasal cavity, nasopharynx, larynx, trachea, and lungs. Begins Wed, Oct 28. *No class Nov 25.

Mon/Wed, Oct 28-Dec 16*, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks      Littleton Campus
HRSM 1035F01-69286
Add to Cart                                                 $199

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


  • 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


  • 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