Equestrian Program
Frequently Asked Questions

Equine Boarding

Can I bring my horse to school with me?
Yes. Alfred University students, faculty, staff and alumni can arrange to board their horses at Equestrian Center.

What does it cost to board my horse?
$500 a month as of July 1, 2009.

What does AU equine boarding include?
When you board a horse at AU, your board includes grain (14% pelleted), grass hay, stall care, and daily turn out (weather permitting). Special diets can also be accommodated. Learn more about boarding services

If I board my horse at AU, when can I ride it?
You can ride your horse in classes, or anytime there are university personnel on grounds and the arena is not in use.

AU Equestrian Academic Program

Does AU have an equestrian studies major or minor?

You can minor in equestrian studies while majoring other areas such as business, pre-vet, pre-med, chemistry, engineering, art or psychology.

What are some examples of programs?
You may want to combine equestrian studies and business to efficiently organize your own training operation, or, open a tack shop or, operate any number of small businesses that sustain the horse industry. You may want to develop your sales, accounting or marketing skills so you would be able to work with a large scale breeding operation. Other examples:

  • Combine equestrian studies and psychology to enable you to be certified in equine assisted therapy.
  • Combine equestrian studies and environmental science to study field use, crop rotation, and land management.
  • Combine equestrian studies and chemistry to prepare you for a career in equine pharmaceuticals.
  • Combine equestrian studies and vet tech training.

What does the AU equestrian studies program include?
The equine program includes a framework of courses for riders from the beginning level to riders already competing on the national level. Students are able to select courses in either English or Western or cross back and forth between the disciplines. Learn more about Equestrian Studies courses

AU Equestrian Recreational Opportunities

Can I ride competitively?
AU fields IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) teams in English and Western riding.