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Course Description

Learn more about the issues and topics that have impacted and continue to impact the equine industry now and into the future. This broader vision of the industry will give you the opportunity to grow beyond the silos of your discipline/industry sector and begin to consider the role of the industry and its larger context.

The goal of this course is to help you understand important concepts about the horse industry and its future, and how they relate to the welfare of horses.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the evolution of the horse and the many branches of the equid species
  • Discuss the evolution of the hoof of the horse and how domestic housing and sports affects this important structure as part of our management today
  • Describe the first domestication of the horse, which sets the stage for the further development of the horse in society and its role in work, warfare, sport and companionship
  • Effectively debate the many challenges facing the equine industry today in both the racing and non-racing industries
  • Identify current challenges and how they will influence the future of the industry with an eye on a solution-oriented approach

Course Topics

  • The Equine Industry
  • Horse Evolution
  • Domestication of the Horse
  • Re-Introduction of the Horse to North America
  • Current and Rare Breeds and Wild Horses
  • Today's Industry - Racing
  • Today's Industry - Non-Racing
  • Issues of Welfare
  • Special Topics for the Future

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 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.

*If you are a certificate or diploma program student, 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 Discussion Questions (5) 50%
Letter to the Editor 20%
Major Assignment 30%
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
The Equine Industry
January 09, 2023 to April 02, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Equine Early Bird Tuition $549.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

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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. The textbook is available for purchase in e-book format through Amazon or Kobo.

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