Ohio State Equine Center

The Equine Facility at The Ohio State University is operated by faculty and staff of the Department of Animal Sciences. Currently, the facility houses 30-40 Quarter Horses and is the central location for all equine-related teaching, research, and Extension activities. The facility features a heated indoor arena, a hot/cold wash rack, 28 box stalls, 2 large foaling stalls equipped with cameras, 2 large stallion stalls, breeding lab, and classroom with seating for 50 students. There is also a large outdoor arena and several paddocks with turn-out shelters.

Equine Experiences

Equine experiences offered by The Ohio State University Equine Program provide students the opportunity to enhance their formal education with valuable hands-on experience. Learning opportunities are included in the experiences, but they are not the main focus. Routine care of the animals and facilities comes first, so everyone is expected to pitch in and do whatever work is needed around the farm. If a special event is going on such as a state 4-H contest or clinic, you may be asked to help with that, too! To learn more about equine experiences offered by The Ohio State University Equine Program, click here.

Tours

The Equine Facility is not open to the public or the Ohio State community to ensure that the safety and health of our horses, students, and visitors are not compromised. If you would like to visit the facility, we ask that you schedule a visit in advance. Please contact Dan Rhodeback at rhodeback.1@osu.edu or 614-459-4208.

Donations

If you are interested in horse donations, please visit our equine program pages by clicking here.

Inquiries

Send your inquiries via the Equine Request for Information Form.

Equine Services

Boarding Services

The OSU Equine Facility is also a full-care horse boarding facility with 16 box stalls available for public boarding.

Monthly board includes:

  • Hay and grain fed twice daily
  • Stalls cleaned daily, 7 days a week
  • Daily turnout, weather permitting
  • Use of facilities
  • Space for tack & equipment in boarder tackroom

If you are interested and want more information, please contact the equine facility manager, Dan Rhodeback, 614-459-4208, rhodeback.1@osu.edu.

Click here (pdf) for a copy of the Boarding Services contract.

Reproduction Services

The Ohio State University Equine Facility is pleased to offer equine reproductive services for stallions and mares such as phantom training, semen collection, evaluation, processing, shipment and freezing, artificial insemination, and foaling.

Please contact The Ohio State University for current rates and additional information.

The goal of the OSU breeding program is to produce versatile athletes with good dispositions. The majority of our horses are donated to us, except for the foals, which were born here after hours of foal watching. We have been extremely fortunate to have benefitted from the generous donations of numerous members of our community. While some of the mares are added to our breeding herd, others are used for training classes. Quality horses are offered for sale throughout the year.

For more information on Reproduction Services, please click here (pdf).

Training Services

The Equine Behavior & Training class is offered every winter quarter at the OSU Equine Facility. Class starts in early January and is complete around the middle of March. The horses are housed at the OSU Equine Facility where students are assigned an individual horse to care for and work with a minimum of 55 hours per week, under the supervision of experienced, professional trainers. Each training program is designed to fit the needs of the individual horse, but typically consists of lunging, saddling, ground driving, and work under saddle. At the end of the quarter, horses will be “green broke” or able to walk, jog/trot, lope/canter, stop, and back. OSU horses that complete the Equine Behavior & Training class are then made available for purchase at the spring Buckeye Bonanza horse sale. If interested, please contact the OSU Equine Facility for current rates and information. Space is limited, so reserve your horse’s stall early!

For more information on training Services, please click here (pdf) for the Behavior & Training Contract.