The equine industry is a critical component of northeast Texas agriculture. Although much of the land in this region is used for cattle and hay production, a wide range of individuals in northeast Texas raise horses, reflecting a diverse spectrum of the equine industry - pleasure/leisure, racing, breeding and training. The Equine Studies Program in the School of Agriculture at Texas A&M University - Commerce is committed to contribute to equine education in northeast Texas. We provide students a solid scientific foundation and foster applied skills to develop successful professionals in the equine industry.
Horse owners are a very passionate sector of the agricultural community, and high expectations are placed upon university equine programs. Under the existing curriculum, a student has the option to either pursue a B.S. in Equine Studies or Minor in Equine Science. The primary mission of our Equine Studies Program is to provide students with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of horse care and health, management, and business related matters, exposing students to innovative research and critical thinking skills by introducing the scientific principles for equine nutrition, behavior, physiology and reproduction. Equine Studies Majors will take support courses in chemistry, plant science, pasture and forage crops, agricultural economics, farm management, natural resources management, agriculture marketing, finance and law. Specific equine core classes focus on:
At A&M-Commerce, we focus on hands-on learning, so students complete an internship as part of the Equine Studies experience, and our intercollegiate equestrian and horse judging teams provide opportunities to compete and network within the industry. Our graduates pursue careers as stable managers, horse trainers, riding instructors, equine-assisted therapists or horse breeders. Students interested in graduate school may work towards a Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences with an equine emphasis. For more information, please contact Roger Skipper, Farm Manager: Roger.Skipper@tamuc.edu.
Texas A&M University-Commerce has riding horses and a breeding herd. Prospective students have the opportunity to board their horses at the Equine Center.
The Mary Bonham Equine Pavilion at A&M - Commerce was completed in November 2012. This equine pavilion has a 110' X 180' covered riding arena, bleachers, 20 stalls for student boarding, 2 wash racks, and 2 tack rooms each with 10 student tack lockers. The Equine Center also has a smaller outdoor riding arena that is used for obstacles and groundwork and a larger outdoor riding arena that is equipped with chutes. The Equine Center has a working barn on property where routine tasks and procedures are completed - tacking up, health care, farrier work, etc. The Equine Center also houses a show barn with 7 stalls, a wash rack, and 2 stocks. This barn is also home to the Equine Center classroom.
By studying or working at the University’s Equine Center under supervision of faculty and staff, students improve their skills and understanding of horses. Also, students learn how the University Farm acreage is managed, e.g., production of horse-quality hay and the responsible use of natural resources.
For more information or to set up a tour, please contact the Equine Center at 903-886-5901 or Roger.Skipper@tamuc.edu.