Western Ranch & Cow Horse – Certificate – Vermilion Campus

Required Courses

CR 119 Agronomy, Range and Forage 3
This course covers a less scientific approach and a more hands on approach to pasture management. The course looks into the plant make up that is crucial for understanding the proper uses for feed species of grasses found on ranges of western Canada. The affects put on the species by things such as soil and weather are also covered as well as proper health and maintaining of grazing and feed source lands.
CR 235 Range and Forage Crops 3
Investigate major agronomic practices in managing forage crops including varieties, plant growth requirements, quality, processing and storage. Range management component investigates major plant and animal interactions, effects of various grazing systems and management practices available. Study effects of management practices on plants, soil, water and economics.
MA 120 Agricultural Mathematics 2
Topics discussed include basic arithmetic concepts and basic algebra with interdisciplinary focus.
RF 101 Foundation Training 3
Responsible for care and training of three or four-year-old colt using Western riding techniques. Training techniques include halter breaking, gentling, saddling and riding using snaffle bits. Develop skills in colt training while developing the colt into a performance horse. Co-requisite: RF 112.
RF 103 Intermediate Training 3
Confidence in training skills is gained through continued instruction and training of a started colt. Skills are developed in teaching a colt to take proper leads, to neck rein, and prepare him to perform flying lead changes, sliding stops, backing, pivots, rollbacks, and turnarounds. Students are responsible for the care and stable management practices related to the horses. This allows students to practice their skills under realistic conditions which meet industry standards. Prerequisite: RF101.
RF 105 Introductory Cattle Handling 3
Gain confidence in training through instruction in trail, cutting and roping on horseback. Develop skills toward becoming stockmen and horsemen in a safe environment. Prerequisite: RF 103. Co-requisite: RF 122.
RF 107 Advanced Cattle Handling 3
Confidence in training is gained through instruction in developing stockmanship skills, working cow-horse events, and developing roping skills. Time is spent working in real life situations such as calving cows and working in actual feedlots or bull test stations. This course allows students to practice what they have learned. Students are responsible for the care and stable management practices related to their horses.
RF 111 Cattle Diseases and Treatment 3
This course provides a working knowledge of the common diseases of beef cattle which might be encountered in a feedlot or ranch/community pasture environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding infectious diseases and their cause, treatment and prevention. Pharmacology of common drugs used in the cattle industry are covered in detail including proper handling and administration. Safety issues and withdrawal times are stressed. Labs are designed to reinforce the lecture material and to develop skills in various treatment techniques and their documentation via computer record keeping systems.
RF 112 Stable Management I 1
Responsible for care and stable management practices related to horses. Practice stable skills under realistic industry's standard. Co-requisite: RF 101.
RF 113 Feeds and Feeding 3
Key species in this course are bovine and equine. Focus on application of feeds and feeding through understanding of nutrients, functions and requirements. Introduced to digestion, nutrient balance, basic ration formulation and appraisal of sound feeding programs.
RF 115 Equine Husbandry 3
Cover many aspects of equine health and management, including some functional anatomy, infectious diseases of the horse, lameness, parasite control, and vaccine protocols. Description of some equine genetic diseases, inheritance of some traits and equine behaviour. Equine business contracts and AQHA forms covered, and evolution and customs in western horse training. Farrier portion will tie lower leg anatomy and farrier skills to prepare for hoof care on their own horses.
RF 122 Stable Management II 1
Responsible for care and stable management practices related to horses. Practice stable skills under realistic industry standard conditions. Prerequisite: RF 112.
RF 123 Equine Marketing 3
Learn basic principles of marketing and ethics. Develop skills assessing and targeting markets, as well as preparation and presentation of sale horses. Learn to manage a high profile sale and/or competition.
RF 140 Beef Production 3
Designed to provide working knowledge of the beef industry in Canada. Topics focus on beef cow/calf and feedlot operations. Discussions involve cattle types, animal handling facilities, feeding management, seasonal activities, genetics and breeding programs, economics and marketing. Emphasis on knowledge for employment and enterprise management decision-making.Skills in team work developed as students assist in calving college cow herd.

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