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Horse Care

Horse Care

A two-year program that includes training of Morgan horses for riding, using all related tack and equipment. Students learn the role of the caretaker, safety, professionalism, handling of horses, and riding. Students spend a majority of their time at the Rolling Oaks Farm in Gansevoort where they learn and apply equine and veterinary science on Saddlebred horses. 

Curriculum includes commencement level math and English language arts. All students are given the opportunity to participate in a Work-Based Learning experience, which exposes them to the operation of a business and specific job duties related to future careers. 

The curriculum includes:

  • Equine systems
  • Equine physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Disease
  • Emergency medical care
  • Stable management
  • Bloodlines and breeding 
  • Equine sales


Certifications & Endorsements: 

  • Precision Agricultural Education Technical Assessment System


Internships and Work Based Learning:

Each CTE program has a Work-Based Learning experience. This means that all students prior to the end of the second year are given the opportunity to be exposed to the operation of a business and specific job duties related to careers in their CTE area. This internship is designed to connect the skills and knowledge learned in the CTE classroom with the real world requirements of a business. Students must demonstrate good attendance, attitude, internship records, and work ethics, as well as respect for others and property.


Articulation Agreements:

CTE has worked with area colleges to ready students for the world of work and for the rigors of post-secondary coursework. This program worked with area colleges to obtain articulation agreements that allow for advance standing or the issuance of credit to those CTE students meeting all program requirements and articulation agreement standards. The colleges WSWHE BOCES has an articulation agreement with for this program are:

  • Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center


Future Possibilities
Students completing the program successfully qualify to work as: 

  • Groom
  • Hot walker


Employment opportunities requiring further education: 

  • Vet technician
  • Driver
  • Jockey
  • Farm Management
  • Exercise Rider



For more information related to Career Opportunities, please visit: CareerZone and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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