Important Horsemanship Skills to be Taught in College Curricula

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Ag Science and Natural Resources

Date of Award

Fall 2022


Many colleges offer equine programs through their agricultural science programs. During their time in these programs, equine science students should gain working and technical knowledge to excel in their careers within the equine industry. This includes experiential learning classes on how to ride and handle horses. The purpose of this study is to identify what skills AQHA and APHA listed professional horsemen define as important basic horsemanship skills. This study uses a modified Delphi approach to identify these skills. By the second round 18 skills were identified as basic horsemanship skills. In the third round these skills were categorized and ranked in importance within horsemanship or stewardship skills.


Brooke A. Clemmons

Subject Categories

Agriculture | Life Sciences