Equine Center | Research and Farms | College of Agricultural Sciences

Southern Illinois University



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Equine Center

The Equine Center is part of the University Farms system and is located approximately three miles southwest of the main campus. Used extensively for both research and teaching, our growing horse herd contains approximately 50 animals and a variety of breeds, ages and talents.

Ongoing research activities encompass a number of subject areas, including reproductive physiology in the mare and stallion, applied horse nutrition and horse behavior and welfare. The Center is located at one of the most scenic sites on campus where SIU Carbondale horses enjoy over 100 acres of pasture. Facilities include a 32 stall barn, student lounge, teaching laboratory, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, round pens and a breeding shed.


Activities & Events:

The Equine Center is home to horseback riding and horse training classes, as well as a commercial horse breeding service. Students are expected to assist with the daily care of the horses and with the management of the Center.

The Equine Center hosts various events each year, including 4-H judging competitions, horse management short courses, and horsemanship and riding clinics hosted by well known clinicians. The students also participate in Agriculture Industry Day and conduct demonstrations at the Equine Center.


All service personnel welcome teaching opportunities. These include veterinary and chiropractic practitioners and AFA-certified journeyman farrier. Advanced breeding services include fertility testing, ultrasonography, cooled semen shipment and artificial insemination. Foaling services include closed-circuit video monitoring, colostrum and lgG testing, colostrum banking and foal imprint training.

Contact Info:

For additional information about the Equine Center, please contact:

Mailing address:

Equine Center
Mailcode 4417
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Phone: (618) 453-2024 or (618) 453-2329
Fax: (618) 453-5231