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ANS 172 Introduction to Western Horsemanship
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2006
SUN#: None
AGEC: None
Credit Breakdown: 2 lecture & 3 lab
Times for Credit: 2
Grading Option: Both A/F and S/U

Description: An introduction to the basic theories of western horsemanship with emphasis on correct seat, leg and hand positions. Course includes proper equine handling techniques. Students will ride in a schooling show environment using western tack.

Prerequisites: none

Corequisites: none

Recommendations: Recommendation from CAC Agricutural Advisory Council, University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Science Animal Science Department.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. Distinguish between safe and unsafe horse handling practices.

2. Describe the proper physical characteristics of the western horse.

3. Describe the components and purpose of western tack.

4. Recognize proper grooming, saddling and bridling techniques.

5. List proper procedures for warm-up and cool-down as they relate to equine soundness.

6. Develop equitation skills including proper seat, leg and hand aid positions.

7. Develop control of the western horse at the walk, jog and lope.

8. Observe various equine competitive patterns.

9. Describe methods for maintaing horse flexability and optimum performance.

10. Demonstrate improvement in equitation skills.

11. Discuss processes for effective rewarding and discipline of the equine.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
1. Demonstrate proper ground handling horsemanship techniques.

2. Select and properly judge the confirmation of several western pleasure horses.

3. Demonstrate the safe and proper saddling and bridling on a variety of horses.

4. Compare and rate the quality of western tack and it's usefulness for the western rider.

5. Accurately score the equitation abilities, including seat, leg and hand position of a group of western riders.

6. Demonstrate control of the horse at different gates including walk, jog and lope.

7. Create a western show pattern that includes control of the horse at all gates.

8. Participate in a trial schooling show.

9. Demonstrate several successful equine discipline and reward methods.

10. Demonstrate safe equine transportation techniques.