Revised:  08/06/2012

Horse Management Course


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Horse Management is a semester-long course offered to undergraduates for college credit, as well as non-tradition students pursuing continuing education. 

Please note the new hour that this course is offered: Fall Semester 2013, Monday/Thursday 9:15am-10:35am


Dr. Ralston and one of her subjects, Winona

What will be covered?


Led by Sarah Ralston, Ph.D., VMD, diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers' School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, this 14-week undergraduate course provides an introduction to the anatomy, physiology, nutrition and behavior of the horse.  Management techniques for all classes of horses and the practical aspects of horse care, including stabling, shoeing/hoof care, common diseases and emergency care will be discussed.


Dr. Ralston makes extensive use of audiovisual aids. High-speed access to the Internet is recommended, since the notes, slides, and videos for the course will be available on-line. A "chat room" will also be available for both classroom and long-distance students. Optional field trips may be offered in addition to classroom lectures and live demonstrations.


Who should attend?


The course is designed for potential horse owners, new horse owners and horse enthusiasts in general. Even experienced horse owners and trainers have benefited from the course. As an undergraduate course which is extended to continuing education students, registrants must have a high school diploma to enroll.


Online Version for Long-Distance Students


For people who are unable to attend the class in person, an online version of the Horse Management Course is available. It is essential that long-distance students have a high-speed Internet connection in order to download detailed class notes, including slides and videos. A working e-mail address is required in order to maintain communication with Dr. Ralston throughout the course. Long-distance students are encouraged to attend the demonstrations and field trips if possible. Registration is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to apply early.



How to Register


If you register as a Continuing Professional Education student (CPE), either for on-line or classroom access, you will receive 3.6 continuing education units and a certificate in lieu of undergraduate college credits if you complete the assigned readings and either attend classes regularly or participate in the twice weekly on-line "chat" sessions for long distance students. Completion of quizzes, exams and the term paper are required if you want an official grade for the course on the certificate.


CPE tuition fee is $555. A discounted fee of $495 per person is offered for multiple registrants from same organization or family. Note: Course fees must be paid in full prior to start of class.


CPE Registrants for class room access will receive confirmation, campus map and directions to the course location upon receipt of registration. Long distance CPE students and all classroom students both will be contacted by eCompanion with information on how to access the on-line notes.


How to Register as a Continuing Professional Education student through the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE)


  1. By phone: 732-932-9271
    Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Please have your Visa, MasterCard or American Express card number ready.

  2. By fax: 732-932-8726
    24 hours a day.
    Include your credit card information or copy of your check, money order or purchase order with fax registrations.

  3. By mail:
    Registration Desk
    Office of Continuing Professional Education
    School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
    102 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901-8519
    Please make checks payable to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

  4. On the Internet: Visit our registration site,, for registration information.

For non-Rutgers students who wish to obtain college credits for the course: Students must register as non-matriculated students at Rutgers after their application is approved by Dr. Ralston. Upon successful completion of the course undergraduate requirements (all quizzes, examinations and a term paper), students will receive a letter grade and 3.0 undergraduate college credits. The tuition for the college credit course on line is $1027.65 for NJ residents, $1880.55 for non-residents. For registration details for College Credit on-line go to:



Lifetime Learning Tax Credit


Now you can qualify for a new educational tax credit for tuition and fees paid for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education courses. Each family may claim a tax credit equal to 20 percent of the first $5,000 of educational expenses (for a maximum credit of $1,000) on its federal income tax. Eligible education expenses are offset by grants, scholarships, and employer-provided educational assistance. This tax credit is subject to income and other limitations. For details consult IRS Publication 970, “Tax Benefits for Higher Education,” available at any IRS office or go to




Students may withdraw from the course with a full refund less $35 processing fee if we are notified at least 72 hours prior to the start of the course. Thereafter you may be responsible for full registration fee if you register but do not attend. Substitutions are welcome and permitted.


Here’s what they’re saying about Horse Management….


“I learned more about horses in the last fourteen weeks than I learned in all the years I hung out around the different stables where I took riding lessons.”

“I have gotten better acquainted with my own horses because of this course. This course provided a well-rounded learning experience and it is very beneficial because it covers such a variety on the subject of horses.”

“I have been involved with horses for 12 years, but I still learned a great deal in this course that has helped me with my horse and I really enjoyed it.”




Equine academic program and course information fact sheet

Horse Management Course
Sept - Dec 2012



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