Stewardship of the Equine Environment, reducing your environmental hoofprint will provide students with an understanding of the importance of properly managing the natural environment and built facilities to optimize the health of their horses. This course will introduce students to concepts related to the natural ecosystem, ecosystem services and beneficial management practices. The relationshp between the 'health' and 'wellbeing' of the environment and the health and wellbeing of the horse will be explored as well as the role of the equine industry in meeting broader societal goals of environmental citizenship. A wide range of current topics such as wildlife habitat and management, manure management, source water protection policies, and 'green' building concepts will also be examined through an equine industry perspective.
Learning OutcomesAt the completion of this course students will have:
- Conducted a basic biophysical inventory of a rural property through the application of nature interpretation skills.
- Highlighted their farm’s environmental strengths, identify areas of concern, and set realistic action plans with time tables.
- Investigated a current issue related to the equine industry and environmental stewardship.
- Reflected on the implications of environmental stewardship on both a personal and equine industry level.
This course will explore a wide range of topics including:
- An introduction to the ecosystem
- Your farm's ecosystem
- Benefical management practices
- 'Green' design concepts
- Water and manure management concepts
- Role of the industry and broader implications of environmental stewardship
- Poisonous plants and pasture and woodlot management
- Wildlife Habitats
- Reducing your environmental 'hoofprint'
Additional RequirementsThis course is designed for the adult learner, at least 18 years of age.
|Quizzes||15%||Three online multiple choice quizzes|
|Participation in Class Learning Questions||15%||Participate in the online discussion board.|
|Biophysical Assessment||20%||You will conduct an assessment of an outdoor property, ideally a horse facility but if you do not have access to horse facility any outdoor property can be assessed (park, school grounds etc.)|
|Reflective Essay||20%||Write an essay reflecting on your role in stewardship.|
|Assessment Worksheets||30%||Submit environmental assessment on a property of your choice.|
Open Learning and Educational Support
You do not need access to a horse, or own your own horse to participate and be successful in this course.
You can expect to spend 6 - 10 hours per week to complete the course material, discussions and assignments.