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Course Description

A hand-drawn timeline of the evolution of the domestication of horses in a film strip.

The Equine Industry course is designed so you learn more about the issues and topics that have had or continue to have a profound impact on the industry today and continue to have an impact tomorrow. With this broader vision of the industry, students will have the opportunity to grow beyond the “silos” of their discipline/industry sector and will begin to consider the industry in its larger context and its role as a whole.

While working in the industry it will always be necessary to focus daily on the specific priorities of your discipline or association but this course will help students develop and maintain the “view from 40,000 feet”.

Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to enable you to understand important concepts about the horse industry and how they relate to the welfare of horses and the future of the industry.
By the end of the course you should 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 the domestic housing and sports affects this important structure as part of our management today.
  • Describe about 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.
  • Gain experience leading students in online discussions on topics of interest to the industry.
  • Discuss and debate from industry leaders about the many challenges facing the equine industry today in both the racing and non-racing industries.
  • Reflect and consider how the current challenges of the industry will influence the future of the industry with an eye on a solution-oriented approach.
  • Learn new things, with an ‘open mind’, about the equine industry, no matter your years of experience, and to consider and reflect on the many different aspects of the industry and the many different points of view.

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 adults 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 compete the course material, discussions and assignments.


Assessment Item Weight
Breeding Assignment 10%
Graded Discussion Questions (5) 40%
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

*Course details are subject to change.


View the upcoming course schedule at our Equine Studies Online program website.

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