The Equine Science program at UMass Amherst is a two-week intensive program for motivated young adults seeking to explore what it takes to succeed in the horse industry, and in doing so, challenge themselves to become better horsemen and future leaders in the equine profession.
Pre-college programs at UMass combine all the major elements of college, including great academics, living in a residence hall, and eating in our award-winning dining commons. Of course, it takes a little help to adjust to life on a college campus, so we have great live-in program assistants who are specially trained to help you get used to a new environment, both geographic and social. We have lots of great events in the evenings and on weekends that help you connect with other pre-college students.
Each day, students will join a small group of their peers for hands-on practicums and workshops at the university’s Hadley Farm Equine Center. UMass faculty, visiting equine professionals, and of course, the horses themselves will all play a role in the learning experience. The program will begin with instruction on horse behavior and safety training. Students will explore topics in equine veterinary medicine, breeds and conformation, stable and pasture management, nutritional regimes, foaling basics, and equine business concepts.
In addition, each student will adopt one of the farm’s horses for the duration of the program and work intensively with that horse on a variety of equine care, training, and management topics. Students will develop their horsemanship skills by working directly with our university trainer. Please note this is not a riding program; students will be learning systematic training techniques for young horses and horses in rehabilitation programs.
Throughout the program, students can expect to:
- Gain an understanding of the evidence-based, scientific concepts behind caring for horsesRecognize how the principles of equine behavior, anatomy, nutrition and reproduction are applied to the daily management of an equine facility
- Develop their horsemanship skills through daily work with horses and the university trainer
- Explore educational opportunities and career pathways in the equine profession
Important Safety Information Every student must wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet, gloves, and boots when working with our young horses in training workshops. There are a limited number of helmets to borrow at the farm. All students must bring boots and gloves. All students must sign an equine liability release form and attend a safety training session on the first day. Pants and boots must be worn when working with horses.
In your letter of interest, please describe your interest in the equine industry, and explain what you hope to gain from the Equine Science Summer Pre-College Program. We invite applications from all and hope to gather students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Dr. Cassandra Uricchio, Director of Equine Management, Stockbridge School of Agriculture - UMass Amherst
Cost and Session Information
Dates: July 19- August 1, 2020
Two-Week Intensives (with two academic credits): $3,145
Program fees include tuition, housing, a full meal plan, co-curricular activities, and a one-time registration fee. All students receive a UMass student ID card (UCard) as well as access to the campus Recreation Center.
Students living in or near Amherst, MA may apply to attend as commuter students. Commuter students must have their own transportation to and from campus.
For commuter pricing and information about the scholarships, please visit: http://www.umass.edu/summer/pre-college-fees