The Degrees

The mission of the B.S. in Natural Horsemanship program is to provide students with an education in equine theory and science, combined with the practical skills of Natural Horsemanship. Horsemanship skills taught in the practical classes are heavily based on the principles of equine behavior, along with horse training methods of experts renowned in Natural Horsemanship and similar disciplines.

The University of Montana Western offers four degrees in Equine Studies:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Natural Horsemanship 

This four-year degree program gives students the opportunity to learn the skills of natural horsemanship and obtain a career in the many equine-related fields.

Majors include:

    • Management
    • Psychology
    • Science
    • Instruction

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration, Equine Management Option

    • This degree provides the information needed to start or manage an equestrian-related business.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Equine Studies

    • This two-year degree is designed to provide students with a background for pursuing a career that draws on their passion for horses.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Natural Horsemanship

    • This two-year degree program gives students the opportunity to learn some of the skills of natural horsemanship and obtain a career in many equine-related fields.

The US equine industry is a 100 billion dollar industry that offers a wide range of equine-related professions. Some common careers that graduates are prepared for are:

▪    Natural Horsemanship-instructors
▪    Natural Horsemanship-focused 
▪    Equine Reproduction Manager
▪    Stable Manager
▪    Ranch Manager
▪    Riding Instructor or Coach

▪    Guest Ranch or Resort manager
▪    Equine Nutritional Consultant
▪    Horse-drawn Driver or Carriage Driver
▪    Farrier
▪    Barn Trainer or Manager
▪    Mounted Tour Guide

Additionally, the program can provide students with an undergraduate education for post-graduate studies in Veterinary Medicine, Law, and others.