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Equine education programs and related studies as found in colleges and universities in the United States

By Carol Louise Wright Parmenter

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This study was undertaken to determine the nature and scope of equine education programs being offered in the colleges and universities throughout the country and the attitudes of specialists toward these programs. The schools participating in this study were selected after an extensive review of college and university catalogs and previous knowledge of existing programs. Nation-wide representation was desired and obtained.  The questions used in both the questionnaire and opinionnaire were the result of a review of the literature, personal interviews with equine specialists and educators, and a professional interest by the investigator.  Each respondent was mailed a packet which included an explanatory letter, questionnaire or opinionnaire and a self-addressed, post-paid return envelope. Eight-six of the 95 schools contacted returned the questionnaire for a 91 percent return. Seven schools known for their extensive programs were sent opinionnaires and all were returned. The information received was then recorded and the data was tabulated.  Based on the responses received and within the limitations of the study, the following are a few of the major findings of this study:  Animal husbandry departments were responsible for more equine education programs than physical education departments.  Experience was the major criterion used in hiring the staff.  Less than one-half of the schools had a staff member holding certification from either the American Horse Shows Association or the National Association For Girls and Women in Sport.  A large majority of respondents used letter grades in both activity and lecture classes.  Community, student and staff interest were primary factors in establishing riding programs. (See more in text.)


Katie Carroll

Date 1978
Pages 118
Publisher California State University Northridge
Department Physical Education
Degree Master of Arts
Language English
University California State University Northridge
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  1. Academics
  2. Animal roles
  3. Education
  4. equine programs
  5. Horses
  6. Mammals
  7. Pets and companion animals
  8. Schools
  9. Universities and Colleges