Equine Training

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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.

Bits and Bitting I

This course provides a study of the five groups of bits, the use of the bitting wall, the anatomy and physiology of the equine oral cavity, the identification of injury and disease, the history and use of the hackamore with bosal, and the use of leg aids.*Register by Apr 25. No class May 30.

Mon/Wed, May 2-June 20*, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks    Littleton Campus
HRSM 1045S01- 82074 Add to Cart                                         $199

Breed Evaluation I

The core work of this course is the confirmation of the horse. It begins with the history of the different breeds of horses, their common use and characteristics, and their performance and potential for competition.  Students begin to gain skills in compiling a detailed study of the confirmation of the horse. *Register by Apr 25. No class May 30.

Mon/Wed, May 2-June 20*, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks    Littleton Campus
HRSM 1003S01-82075 Add to Cart                                                  $199

Bits and Bitting II

A further examination of the use of the five groups of bits, the stand up seat, several rein aids and half halts, leg aids, stirrup pressures, and saddles and tack.  Pre-requisite: Bits and Bitting I. *Register by June 20. No class July 4.

Mon/Wed, June 22-Aug 10*, 6-7:30 p.m., 7 wks    Littleton Campus
HRSM 2045S01-82076 Add to Cart                                             $199

Breed Evaluation II

This course allows students to continue to examine the confirmation of the horse by the study of the fore legs, the hind legs, the back, the head and neck, the chest, the muscular system, the skeleton, and the hoof.  Pre-requisite: Breed Evaluation I* Register by June 20. No class July 4.

Mon/Wed, June 22-Aug 10*, 7:45-9:15 p.m., 7 wks   Littleton Campus
HRSM 2001S01-82077 Add to Cart                                                  $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

May 2-Aug 1*                    Locations arranged with instructor
HRSM 1010S01-81819 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, May 3-Aug 2, 6-7:30 p.m., 14 wks          Littleton Campus
HRSM 1002S01-81818 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


  • 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