Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management - Equine Management

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management (BBRM) is a degree program designed for students looking for career-oriented training focused on renewable resources. The major in Equine Management focuses on the development of leaders with a genuine regard for all horses and their well-being, a conscious concern for the environment, and a passionate interest in all aspects of the horse industry.

The program combines a solid background in business, biological sciences and equine management through practical and theoretical experience. It provides in-depth understanding of the economic, environmental and social dimensions of all equine disciplines with a broad and current knowledge of horse industry issues and develops the skills to gather, access, interpret and apply industry data. The flexibility provided in semesters 6 and 7 permits students to participate in international exchanges and semesters abroad. Students can also incorporate a variety of field trips, experiential learning in the workplace, and independent research projects into their program.

This major will require the completion of 20.00 credits.


The Equine Management major as part of the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management program is only offered at the Guelph campus.

Career Opportunities

  • Breeding Manager
  • College Lecturer
  • Equine Enterprise Manager
  • Equine Event Manager
  • Equine Facility Manager
  • Extension Specialist
  • Nutrition Specialist

Supplies, Dress Code & Footwear Required

All equine-related courses and activities, including lecture classes that contain a lab or practical component require clean and neat clothing.

  • Students must always be dressed to handle horses and meet industry representatives.
  • Clothing such as shorts, sandals, halter-tops and tank tops, pajamas, mini skirts, low-cut tops, high heels etc. are not allowed.
  • Sleeveless shirts with collars are permitted.
  • Large jewellery is unsafe and must not be worn.
  • iPods and other such devices are not permitted in the barn.
  • Baggy clothing with hoods (ie. hoodies) can get caught or snagged by horses. If wearing a hoodie, tuck in the hood while in the barn.

All staff and students entering the horse barns or arenas, or working around horses must wear appropriate footwear.

Acceptable Footwear

  • Closed toed and closed heeled
  • Heel between ½” – 1 ½”
  • Non-slip sole* e.g. paddock boots, rubber boots, hiking boots, work boots or riding boots

Not Acceptable Footwear

  • Boots made of canvas or cloth
  • Running shoes
  • Sandals
  • Crocs
  • Ugg boots


  • Work gloves are a good idea if you have a horse stabled in the barn. During the winter, students should provide themselves with warm, waterproof coats and warm gloves.
  • Retrieving horses from paddocks in wet, muddy conditions requires waterproof footwear.
  • Protective eyewear is encouraged where situations warrant, i.e. vet care.

For additional requirements, please refer to the Equine Handbook.

Admission Requirements & Course Descriptions

Please consult the application for admission page and course descriptions page of our University of Guelph Undergraduate Academic Calendar.


Heather Buck

Tel: 613-258-8336, Ext. 61335
Fax: 613-258-8384

Katrina Merkies
Faculty Advisor

Tel: 613-258-8336, Ext. 61316
Fax: 613-258-8285