Undergraduate Courses

Horse Management
11:067:384
section 01 on campus, section 90 online
(3 credits)


Normally Offered: Each Fall semester by Dr. Sarah Ralston.

Prerequisites and Other Registration Restrictions: The pre-requisite is Animal Science, 11:067:142, or the permission of Dr. Ralston (209 Bartlett, 732-932-9404, ralston@aesop.rutgers.edu).

Format: The course is available Online, section 90, for college credit through e-college. Registration for this online section is only for nonmatriculated, off-campus students (see http://www.cookcollege.rutgers.edu/distance ). Registration is by special permission (contact Dr. Ralston). The online version of Horse Management will require you to access the internet to acquire the course material and a high speed connection is strongly recommended. There will be weekly reading assignments and regularly scheduled group discussions via a chat room on-line. The lecture material consists of full text, animations and videos in addition to audio, and many photographs.Quizzes, examinations and termpapers will be submitted via e-mails. Previous students have enjoyed the ability to interact with the lecture material and to work at a time and location convenient for them. However, these students have also found that taking a course in this manner requires a level of initiative and self-discipline that attending a resident lecture does not. Realize the commitment you are making in choosing to learn the material in this manner.

Description: The objective of the course is to provide a solid understanding of the basic requirements for horse care in a variety of settings based on the behavioral, anatomical, physiological and health considerations of equine animals. Optional field trips are offered and the students are encouraged to volunteer at equine events. There is extensive use of audio visual aids in the lectures. The course is appropriate for both novice and experienced horse enthusiasts, and is open to continuing education students through the Office of Continuing Education for Continuing Education credit.

Examinations: Final grades will be based the average of (all weighted equally): 4 quizzes (average of three best grades), Midterm Exam, Final Exam and a Term Paper.

All quizzes and examinations are short answer, fill in the blank with limited use of multiple choice. The term paper is a 5-6 page description of how the student would manage a horse farm given a scenario provided at the beginning of the course (it changes each year).

Other Requirements: None

Additional Information: Students are strongly encouraged to volunteer their services at horse events (not just attend to observe or compete!). ONE (1) point will be added to each term paper grade for each day the student volunteered (documentation necessary!) at an equine event. Volunteer activities are not restricted to the events listed on the up-coming events list provided at the beginning of the course.

This course fulfills part of the requirement for the Equine major and minor courses of study in the Animal Science Major.

Contact Dr. Ralston (Bartlett Hall room 209, 732-932-9404, email ralston@aesop.rutgers.edu)


  1. Rutgers
  2. New Brunswick
Department of Anmial Sciences