Scholarly activities and research focus on exploring the positive impact horses have on humans who participate in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT), and the impacts to the horse of being a therapeutic partner.
The equine program utilizes University horses in hands-on courses each semester. We also offer two highly competitive teams - the equine judging team and the ranch horse team. Competing with 20 different institutions, the ranch horse team travels all over the southwest region competing in ranch horse events and has won a Division II Reserve National Championship (2016) and back-to-back Division II National Championships (2017 and 2018). The team boards and practices at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center. The Equine Judging Team travels to competitions held at the country’s largest quarter horse shows, including the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity in Fort Worth and the National Reining Horse Association Futurity and the American Quarter Horse Association World Show, both located in Oklahoma City. Both teams provide students an opportunity to develop a broader and deeper knowledge of the equine industry. Students can participate in research pertaining to equine nutrition.