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Experience the Horse Training & Management (HTM) and Equine Business Management (EBM) industries first-hand at Lamar Community College! The HTM program at LCC is internationally recognized and one of the best programs in the nation.  Learn from top professional horse trainers in state-of-the-art facilities.  Classes are hands-on and you will have the opportunity to ride seven days a week.

Program Highlights

  • Our program can help you energize your career.
  • Lucrative employment opportunities may include working as a professional horse trainer or as a owner / manager of a equine operation.
  • With continued education, you can work towards a career in animal health, management or finance.
  • Your career placement is important to our industry partners and us.

HTM Degrees & Certificates

HTM Options

Equine Business Management A.A.S. EQB Degree Plan
Equine Science A.S. ES Degree Plan
Horse Training & Management A.A.S. HT&M Degree Plan
Horse Training & Management, Barrel Horse Training
*Program not offered for 2018-2019 academic year
A.A.S. HT&MBHT Degree Plan
Advanced Horsemanship Certificate AH Certificate Plan
Fundamental Horse Training Certificate FHT Certificate Plan
Starting Colts Certificate SC Certificate Plan


LCC offers three Associate of Applied Science degrees and three certificate options that prepare students for employment in a variety of areas in the equine industry. While these programs are not intended for transfer, some institutions may accept some or all of the coursework toward a bachelor’s degree. Consult with an academic advisor or LCC’s Transfer Coordinator for more information concerning transfer opportunities.  By the end of each semester, students gain proficiency in some aspect of the horse industry. This program is focused on specialized training, and student learning is judged at the end of each semester at the horse show where students demonstrate their proficiency at training their horse to complete various patterns in the arena. Students also gain professionalism through the program’s work-ethic and communication through the program’s emphasis on working with horse owners.  Those who choose to complete the Associates Degree are also measured by their performance on a capstone internship.

Associate of Applied Science in Horse Training & Management, Horse Trainer

The A.A.S. in HTM – Horse Trainer degree is arranged in a sequence of courses designed to effectively combine theory with practical experience. Therefore, students may enter the program only during the fall semester and are expected to progress through the sequence of courses within a two-year period. In addition to satisfying the 15 credits of general education requirements of the A.A.S. degree, students “green break” at least three colts and specialize train one additional horse. Finally, after successful completion of their coursework students complete with an internship with a trainer of their choice to finish their degrees.

Associate of Applied Science in Horse Training & Management, Equine Business Management

Equine Business Management is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to successfully place them into the equine industry. Although students improve their horsemanship skills, more emphasis is placed on the business management aspect of the equine industry. Students sharpen their business knowledge and skills then complete their degrees with an internship with a business partner of their choice.

Associate of Applied Science in Horse Training & Management, Barrel Horse Training

*Please note that this program will not be offered for the 2018-2019 academic year. Check back periodically for program updates or contact Jason Kravig by email or call 719.336.6664.

The A.A.S. in HTM – Barrel Horse Training provides students with the skills to train the barrel horse (body control). Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to take a green or older horse and train it on barrels.

Advanced Horsemanship Certificate

This two-year certificate program builds upon the skills and knowledge acquired in the Starting Colts certificate program. It combines hands-on experience with a one-semester internship with a professional trainer. Admission to this certificate program requires successful completion of the Starting Colts certificate program, or permission of the program instructors.

Advanced Horsemanship Gainful Employment Disclosure

Fundamental Horse Training Certificate

This one-year certificate program is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to train horses.

Fundamental Horse Training Gainful Employment Disclosure

Starting Colts Certificate

This one-year certificate program is designed to provide students, through hands-on experience, with the skills and knowledge needed to break colts for riding.

Starting Colts Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program Details

Entrance Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • Tuition based on total number of credits taken.
  • The cost may vary from semester to semester.
  • Students in any HTM or EBM program are required to bring a number of items detailed on the Tack List.

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