The horse program at Texas A&M University began in 1876, since the inception of Texas A&M University. Early accolades include the successful breeding of “Kit”, the fertile female mule, in the 1920’s. Faculty members at Texas A&M were instrumental in organizing the American Quarter Horse Association in 1940. The first foal produced from non-surgical embryo transfer in the U.S. was at Texas A&M University.
A full expansion of teaching, research, extension, and public service programs in the equine sciences began in the early 1960’s, and today the program involves 7 full-time faculty, approximately twenty graduate students and more than 300 undergraduate students.
The program also offers research and educational programs for undergraduate students, graduate students, professional students and the horse industry. The TAMU horse program places strong emphasis on equine science and technology, combined with practical aspects of horsemanship, horse training, showing and judging, give a special quality to Texas A&M University’s Horse Program. The program focuses on the modern horse industry and is built around the basic disciplines of animal science. Graduates of this unique program are well prepared to:
- work and compete successfully for jobs in the horse industry
- pursue advanced study and conduct research
- provide technical information and service to the horse industry as educators, judges, trainers and service representatives.
Because the horse program is integrated into the Department of Animal Science, which is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture, the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, and Texas Cooperative Extension, the strength of this program is in the combination of course work, interaction with faculty members, research and public service for the common benefit of students and the horse industry.
Texas A&M University Horse Center
Krissy Schroeder, Facilities Manager/Breeding Manager