The purpose of this nationwide study was to determine the skills that should be included in a collegiate equine handling course according to equine industry experts. A Delphi method consisting of equine industry professionals and educators was used to collect data. Panelists ranked skills on perceived importance and suggested changes to skills that were identified or perceived as unimportant. The fifteen most important skills included: practice basic barn safety; recognize bad hay/feed; identify unsafe environments; possess a strong work ethic; take and follow instruction/direction; be professional; catch, halter, and lead a horse; provide a physical exam including vital signs; be comfortable feeding; use good common sense; be able to accept criticism; recognize common digestive disorders; understand horses instinctive behavior, tie a horse properly, and have a positive attitude. These skills were categorized into transferable skills and skills specifically related to horse health, management, and handling. The least important skills were related to training and riding.  Panelists suggested student interest should dictate whether they are proficient in skills related to a specific industry sector, discipline, or type of horse. The findings from this study can be used to shape the instruction and experiences provided for college students in an equine behavior and handling course.