Equine Studies

The Equine Studies Department at UMW is the only University to offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Horsemanship with options in equine management, psychology, science, business and instruction.

The courses taught in the Equine Studies Department collaborate with real-world experience and the knowledge of working with a horse’s mind. In this department you will be challenged to use the skill of problem solving and also be taught the ability to succeed in the equine industry. The option areas are designed to be specific in areas that students have selected to be their career path. These courses will give the knowledge and confidence that one needs to enter the industry.

In order to be successful in this program, students will need to be dedicated to learning and have an unprecedented passion for horses. Students will not just be driven to reach their academic goals but also their life aspirations. You will make life long connections through fellow equine students, department professors and internships that will help you in your road in the equine world. Over 70% of the students in this program are from out-of-state and the program has one of the highest retention rates on campus. For the student that is looking for more of an adventurous journey, oversea internships and study aboard programs are being currently developed.

To see students in action please visit our Colt Challenge and Sale and Montana Center for Horsemanship pages.

Natural Horsemanship majors must be admitted to the university and apply to the program. For more info click to download the application.


“I like the program because it teaches us new methods in a unique subject.”

Rachel Nelson, Natural Horsemanship with management option

“The hands-on learning experiences combined with instructor one-on-one time allow you to gain a large amount of knowledge in a short period of time.”

Daisy Coulson, Natural Horsemanship with management option

“Being able to attend class with your horse is amazing.”

Dana Armistead, Natural Horsemanship with instruction focus

“The students learn so much from the in-arena demonstrations.”

Anna Ashmore, Natural Horsemanship with management focus


Equine Studies

Business & Technology Building 218/Montana Center for Horsemanship


T 406-683-7348

E eric.hoffmann@umwestern.edu