Minor in Draft Horse Management
Sterling College is the first college in the nation to offer a 15-credit minor in Draft Horse Management for its undergraduate students.
“Sterling College lives and breathes sustainability, and we have a well-respected and long-standing draft horse program,” said Rick Thomas, Draft Horse Manager and Faculty in Sustainable Agriculture. “Our students are building an ecologically balanced future with horse-powered farms.”
The Draft Horse Management minor offers students a unique experience to learn the craft of using draft horses as a viable power system for today's agricultural landscape. This minor combines classroom experiences with extensive hands-on teamster training.
“We work with our draft horses in so many ways at Sterling College,” said student David Martorana ’15. “We work with them to manage our woodlot, to plow our farm and gardens, and the horses are critical to our sugaring. They’re a big part of the community and they really pull their own weight.”
The minor was designed to deepen and enrich the four academic majors at Sterling College: Sustainable Agriculture, Ecology, Outdoor Education, and Environmental Humanities. Students are also able to self-design a major.
President Matthew Derr said, “Sterling College looks very closely at the complex nature of power on a farm. Our students learn to use both a tractor and a horse, and will bring that knowledge to the sustainable farming community.”
The Draft Horse Management minor couples classroom experiences with extensive hands-on teamster training. Course topics include: the natural history of Equus caballus, holistic horse care, selection and maintenance of specialized horse-drawn equipment, the use of horses in a low impact forest management program, and the role of horses in a bio-extensive garden management system.
Each of the following:
AS168 – Introduction to Draft Horse Management
AS174 – Draft Horse Management I: Driving Principles
AS179 – Draft Horse Management II: Work Applications
AS285 – Draft Horse Management III: Farming with Draft Horses
AS381 – Farrier Science
At least one of the following:
AS105 – Woodlot Practices