Equine Unit

North Carolina has a vibrant horse industry, generating more than $700 million in gross revenues, and providing jobs through breeding, training and boarding stables, as well as veterinary care, feed dealers and equestrian stores. The industry continues to attract horse enthusiasts to the state. In 2007, the General Assembly appropriated $500,000 to conduct an economic impact study of the horse industry.

Learning

The Equine Unit at the University Farm serves as a laboratory to instruct students enrolled in horse management.

Students at N.C. A&T also gain hands-on experience with horses by becoming members of the North Carolina A&T Equine Judging Team, or the North Carolina A&T Equestrian Team, which competes in the Western riding division of the National Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

For more about education in horse management or large animal science, check the animal sciences curriculums in the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences 

Contacts

Coordinator: Corey Burgess - caburges@ncat.edu (336) 256-2415

Small farmers interested in horse management may contact Dr. Ralph Noble, rcnoble@ncat.edu

Online resources

Information about horse related educational events offered through 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension can be found at http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/an_sci/extension/horse/hhmain.html

Extension also offers live lessons, video and articles at http://www.extension.org/horses . An “Ask an Expert” feature at this site allows users to email questions to university experts at N.C. A&T, and other universities.