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Ohio Horse Park
Ohio Horse Park

Ohio Horse Park, founded in 1995, is located halfway between Portsmouth and Ironton on Highway 52. The horse park is an academic division of Ohio University Southern. The park is a center of learning and opportunity for Ohio University students and the general public.

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Our Ohio Horse Park…
  • Almost 200 acres
  • 2 classrooms
  • The main barn
  • The therapy barn
  • Indoor arena for college classes
  • Small indoor arena for therapeutic riding
  • Outdoor arena
  • 2 labs

    Ohio Horse Park offers academic and extra curricular opportunities.
    Equine Studies Program offering an Associate Degree in Equine Studies, three national intercollegiate riding teams (hunt seat, dressage, and western), and hosts intercollegiate team shows. The OHP offers opportunities to gain valuable experience in areas of employment in the equine industry which currently generates 100 billion dollars of the gross national product.

    Our Students…
    Intern at equine businesses throughout a multi-state area and earn equine field experience by participating and working to produce local, state, regional, and national events.

    Our Horses…
    Represent a variety of breeds from Arabians to European Warmbloods Compete in local, regional, national, and intercollegiate events and are specially trained to provide therapeutic riding experiences for challenged riders OHP provides horse experiences for school children and summer camp participants.

    The Ohio Horse Park also reaches out to serve the surrounding communities.
    Premier accredited therapeutic riding center, Summer camps for disadvantaged children, and Field trips for public school students. Riding lessons are available to the public.
    OHP also provides a place for local organizations to hold events and hosts nationally recognized events, such as National Barrel Horse Association shows.

If you have any questions about the Ohio Horse Park please contact:
Kelly Hall at hallk@ohio.edu.

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Animal Care
The day to day care of the horses at the Ohio Horse Park resides with the animal care staff. These chores include everything from feeding, to stall cleaning, turnout etc.

We employ students to help with our animal care program so that they learn valuable hands on experience as well as earn money in the process. Students learn to operate various types of farm equipment and implements as well as how to manage the care of the animals. On average we have between 20 and 25 horses so it takes a group effort to provide them with the care they need and deserve.

The Ohio Horse Park is AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) accredited and we are inspected annually by IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) to ensure that we provide a quality standard of care.

Contact information:

- OH01 District Director: Pete Ward, 3barrels@roadrunner.com

- Ohio University Southern: Kelly Hall

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For more information on the Ohio Horse Park or the Equine Studies Program at Ohio University Southern Campus, mail inquiries to:
Equine Studies
Ohio University Southern Campus
1804 Liberty Avenue
Ironton, OH 45638

The phone number for Equine Studies is (740) 354-9907, or call toll-free 1-800-626-0513
Email: hallk@ohio.edu