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Horse lovers: You might want to pony up for this course

March 03, 2008

Media Contact: Dr. Shannon Pratt, assistant professor of animal science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, 919.513.1117 or

Horse lovers will have a chance for 10 weeks this summer to learn more about their favorite animal while earning college credit hours, and from a unique source: the Internet.

Beginning May 19, Dr. Shannon Pratt, North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is offering an introduction to equine science course, using a state-of-the-art distance education program.

"This course," Pratt says, "is for everyone from avid horsemen looking to round out their knowledge to novice equine enthusiasts hoping to learn the basics."

Students will learn to appreciate the role of horses throughout history, as well as the vast differences in breeds and disciplines, says Pratt, assistant professor in the College's Animal Science Department.

Also featured: horse-related terminology, scientific principles of health management, breeding and nutrition, management, genetics, reproduction, behavior, riding and the business aspects of the horse industry.

To enroll, students need access to high-speed Internet and a headset, that is, a microphone and speaker.

Registration for the course, listed as "ANS 110 651 INTRO EQUINE SCI," begins March 11.

Tuition and fees for N.C. State distance education courses are separate and distinct from those charged for on-campus courses. Registration details are available online at

Written by: Art Latham, 919.513.3117 or

Posted by Dave at March 3, 2008 09:36 AM