Equine Training

Attention Horse Lovers!

FREE Info Session • Equine Open House

  • Thursday, April 6, 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.


Learn about the reproductive systems of stallions and mares. Other topics include breeding practices, fetal development, parturition, care and handling of breeding stock and foals, breeding farm design and management.

Mon/Wed, Jan 9-Feb 27, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks          Littleton Campus
HRSM 1031W01-82349                                           $199, plus book                   

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, Jan 9-Feb 27, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks        Littleton Campus
HRSM 1050W01-82350                                            $199, plus book                 

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

Mon/Wed, Mar 1-Apr 17, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks          Littleton Campus
HRSM 2014W01-82351                                              $199, plus book                   


Learn about the principles of Mendelian inheritance, random heredity, the selection of traits, and the creation of alleles.

Mon/Wed, Mar 1-Apr 17, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks           Littleton Campus
HRSM 1037W01-82352                                                 $199, plus book           

Hoof Care

This course covers the basic care of the hoof. This includes proper hoof handling, cleaning of the hoof, gaits and movement. *No class on May 29.

Mon/Wed, May 1-Jun 19*, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks            Littleton Campus
HRSM 1021S01-82393                                                         $199

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 on May 29.

Mon/Wed, May 1-Jun 19*, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks           Littleton Campus
HRSM 1022S01-82394                                                              $199

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

January 9-April 14*                             Locations arranged with instructor
HRSM 1010W01-81735                                    $399, plus book

May 1-August 7*                             Locations arranged with instructor
HRSM 1010S01-81819                                    $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, Jan 10-Apr 11, 6-7:30 p.m., 14 wks  Littleton Campus
HRSM 1002W01-81734                            $199, plus book

Tue, May 2-Aug 8, 6-7:30 p.m., 14 wks  Littleton Campus
HRSM 1002S01-81818                            $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