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Course Description

Two horses looking over white fence with barn in the background

Explore many of the important aspects of running a horse-housing establishment, including barn hygiene, air quality, safety audits, and fencing and pasture maintenance and improvement.

This course will provide you with access to the latest research and practical information needed to ensure a safe and healthy environment for horses, through effective and responsible management techniques. You will immediately be able to apply what you learn to your situation in a practical way.


This has been absolutely the best class I have taken online! I've taught and taken courses online over many years. This course far outweighs all of them not only in ease of online access but, most importantly, in content. Thank you!

Gail Staines, MEE Course Participant

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Assess management and safety practices related to the housing environment of the horse
  • Apply knowledge of equine environmental management practices to present and future situations with the horse
  • Investigate and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of equine environmental management practices
  • Conduct an environmental audit of a property for housing horses that identifies problems and solutions for the health and safety of the horse

Course Topics

  • Stable Design and Ventilation
  • Air Quality
  • Bedding
  • Forages
  • Safety
  • Extreme Weather and Emergency Action Plans
  • Turnout for Your Horse: Pasture, Fencing and Shelter
  • Manure Management and Environmental Responsibilities
  • Arena
  • Seasonal Considerations
  • Horse Housing Around the World

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You may take this as an individual course or choose to complete one of our equine certificates or the diploma.*
  • You do not need access to a horse or facility to participate and be successful in this course.
  • You can expect to spend 6-10 hours per week to complete the course material, activities, discussions and assignments.

*We recommend that you complete Management of the Equine Environment first, or very early in your course of studies. This course is offered every semester.


Assessment Item Weight
Graded Discussions (3 x 10%) 30%
Knowledge Quizzes (3 x 5%) 15%
Equine Environmental Evaluation Portfolio 55%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Management of the Equine Environment
September 09, 2024 to December 01, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Equine Early Bird Tuition $549.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Please view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy - Continuing Education Courses - Online and Face-to-Face Courses Six Weeks or More in Length.

Students are responsible for having the required textbook for this course. As a student, you have unlimited access to the University of Guelph library and an online version of the textbook. You may purchase the required textbook from a bookseller of your choice.

If you require assistance, please contact our main office.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage by Cherry Hill Storey Publishing 2nd edition ISBN 9781580175357
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Stablekeeping by Cherry Hill © 2000 Storey Publishing ISBN 9781580171755
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