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MSU equine program featured in Western Horseman magazine

January 24, 2010 -- MSU News Service


Montana State University's student-driven equine program is profiled in the January issue of Western Horseman magazine. (Cover shot courtesy of Western Horseman)   High-Res Available

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Montana State University's student-driven equine program is profiled in the January issue of Western Horseman magazine.

"Horsepower in Bobcat Country," by Ryan T. Bell, traces the importance of horses to MSU students and faculty from the days when horse-drawn wagons were used on campus to the current success of the equine program in the College of Agriculture.

"Western Horseman is probably the most circulated magazine associated with the horse industry and the western lifestyle, so it's a testament to the quality of our program to be in the magazine," said Shannon Moreaux, assistant professor of equine science at MSU.

The equine science program began in 2002 as an option of the animal science degree program.

"It was initiated by students who were looking for a specific horse option rather than the traditional beef option," said Moreaux. "The program started with 11 students, and now has 65. That's a pretty substantial growth in student enrollment."

Some of those students are now teaching at MSU or continuing their studies as doctoral candidates. Other graduates of the program can be found working as veterinarians, training horses, working at feed and nutrition companies and employed in the horse-breeding industry.

"Our goal since the beginning has been to produce graduates that are well qualified to get a job in the equine industry," Moreaux is quoted saying in the article. "The best way to accomplish that is through science-based learning and hands-on experience."


Western Horseman is an internationally-circulated monthly magazine dedicated to stock horse culture with a total circulation of 164,944 per month and 20,000 website visits monthly.

Shannon Moreaux at 406-994-7689 or moreaux@montana.edu