The influence of prior experience with horses and level of interest in horses on academic performance in a light horse management class was evaluated. Two hundred thirty-nine students were surveyed on the first day of class as to prior experience (professional, show-- ring/competitive, recreational, or none) and interest (career-oriented, hobby, casual). The surveys were later used to determine whether final grade (A, B, or C) or final grade average (% of 100) differed according to experience or interest groups. The distribution of grades was not affected by interest or experience. Final grade average was similar between students with different levels of experience but tended to be higher (P<.05) in the career-oriented group compared to the hobby and casual-interest groups.
prior experience, student interest, horse management