Our students have access to 12 warmblood horses, including native Małopolski Horses and Felin Ponies – the only Polish breed of ponies bred by the employees of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. Practical classes are held in the fully-equipped University Horse Centre and during trips to competitions, equestrian events, races and visits to leading horse centres.
Equestrian classes are conducted in small groups, diversified according to students' skills. Top riders can take the Brown Badge Riding Exam of the Polish Equestrian Federation, which is a member of FEI.
Students have the opportunity to develop their scientific passions in various organizations and scientific circles. They can also their practice horse riding skills while studying at the university under the supervision of experienced instructors. Students receive a special discount.
The curriculum includes 32 obligatory courses, 12 elective courses, three humanity subjects and a foreign language which is taught over four semesters. During the first two semesters the student will learn general biological and chemical principles and about legal issues which are a necessary foundation for typically specialized subjects.
At the beginning the specialized subjects include the History of Horse Breeding and Use and Horse Physiology. The following specialized subjects are ordered in such a way that will enable a student to have an internship with a professional breeding practice after the first three semesters. The subjects include Equine Biology, Purebred Arabian or Thoroughbred Horse Breeding, as well as Horse Reproduction and Rearing.
The internship starts during foal breeding and mare mating. Other specialized subjects of the first semesters and the fourth one, such as Horse Training Bases, Horse Care or Horse Geriatrics, will allow students to have their second internship which will include an utilitarian and care profile. This internship will take place in the summer, when the largest equestrian events in Poland take place including: “European Eventing Championships for Young Riders”, “CAVALIADA TOUR”, “CSIO5*”, “Pride of Poland” – a Purebred Arabian horse auction.
The last two semesters improve competence in the areas of the most popular ways of horse use and all forms of specialized care. The final outcome of the studies is the defense of one’s Bachelor’s thesis which results in obtaining the professional Baccalaureate title in Equine Breeding, Use and Care.
All lectures at EQUINE MANAGEMENT CARE are conducted by people who love horses and are first-class teachers: experts in the field of horse breeding and use, behaviourists, veterinarians with equine specialty, physiotherapists and natural horsemanship specialists. They have gained experience through 20 years of lectures and practical classes in Horse Breeding and Use, as well as Hippology and Equestrian Sports at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. The results of their scientific research have been published in international publications specializing in horse science, behaviourism, welfare and animal production (including the Equine Veterinary Journal, Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Animal Science Journal, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare, Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research). The most interesting achievements are presented on horse breeders’ websites: horsetalk.co.nz, Fear Free Horse Training with Neil Davis, Paulic Report, horsescience.co, Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Newsletter and EQUUS Magazine.
Most of the teachers are also practicing horse breeders, trainers and equestrian sport instructors, judges of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) and professionally active veterinarians and behaviourists. Classes are also conducted by recognized practitioners such as Professor Sławomir Pietrzak Ph.D., the president of the Janów Podlaski Stud.