Program Mission Statement

The mission of the BS: 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. Academic aspects of the program are designed to increase
students’ knowledge of the science, care, and management of horses,
and to expand their awareness of the equine industry well above that of
the average horse person. The University of Montana Western’s experiential
approach and broad-based curriculum allows the successful graduate to
pursue a wide range of equine-related professions.

Program Information

In addition to general admission to UMW, students interested in the Natural
Horsemanship Program must apply by March 1st for the introductory
Natural Horsemanship classes that will start that fall (August). The Natural
Horsemanship Admissions Committee evaluates prospective students based
on a combination of academic ability, horsemanship experience, natural
horsemanship experience (if any), and student desire for participation in the

Natural Horsemanship students must provide their own horse. Housing and
feed for that horse will be provided by the university in collaboration with
the Montana Center for Horsemanship. UMW natural horsemanship instructors will
determine the ultimate suitability of the horse; stallions or untrained horses
are not acceptable.

Natural Horsemanship program students are assessed a program tuition
charge each semester. Montana Western’s Natural Horsemanship program
is demanding for both the students and their horses. Completion of the
program in the allotted time frame demands that the student take a class
overload. The UMW Academic Admissions & Standards Committee generally
requires that a student taking a class overload maintain a “B” average.
Therefore, a goal of academic excellence is a “must” for the interested participant.
To ensure that the Bachelor’s degree program graduates only the most outstanding students,
a secondary assessment of prospective Bachelor’s degree students will be made after the
second year or between the Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor’s degrees.
Students will have to demonstrate a given level of proficiency in horsemanship, a
theory about natural horsemanship, and knowledge of basic equine science and horse care to
advance to the 300-400 level natural horsemanship courses. For more information about
the AAS: Natural Horsemanship, see page 75.

Credit Requirements



Natural Sciences

CHMY 121 Intro to General Chemistry 4

(CHMY 141 for NH Science Option)

Select 1 course/4 credits from the following:

BIOB 101 Discover Biology (4)

BIOB 160 Principles of Living Systems (4)


Behavioral & Social Sciences

HSTR 101 Western Civilization I or other HSTA/HSTR course 4

PSYX 100 Introduction to Psychology 4

(PSYX 230 for NH Instruction Option



EQUH 155 Introduction to NH: Gaining Confidence and Respect 3

EQUH 252 NH: Building a Relationship 3

EQUH 254 NH: Harmony with Your Horse I 3

EQUH 255 NH: Harmony with Your Horse II 3

EQUH 351 NH: Refining the Foundation I 4

EQUH 352 NH: Refining the Foundation II 4

EQUS 101 Introduction to Equine Science I 4

EQUS 201 Basic Horse Care and Nutrition 4

EQUS 202 Equine Science I 4

EQUS 203 Equine Science II 4

EQUS 204 Equine Facility Management 4



Select one of the following tracks based on an option area

Track 1: For the Option Areas of Management; Psychology; and

Science 10


Select 1 course/4 credits from the following:

EQUH 453 Young Horse Starting & Development (4)

EQUH 454 Equine Behavior (4)


EQUH 498 NH Internship 4

EQUS 499 Senior Thesis/Capstone 2


Track 2: For the NH: Instruction Option Area 8

Select 1 course/4 credits from the following:

EQUH 453 Young Horse Starting & Development (4)

EQUS 349 Sales Preparation I (4)

Must take EQUS 449 Sales Prep II in the following semester


EQUH 398 Introduction to Equine Instruction Internship 4



Select any one of the following options

NH: Instruction (26)

NH: Management (32)

NH: Psychology (32)

NH: Science (32)


Select any college-level courses from the catalog to bring degree total to 120 credits