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Course Description

Woman petting brown horse's faceThis course will provide you with a depth of knowledge on equine behaviour , learning and  related welfare issues. During the course you will observe a horse’s behaviour over time and activity, design a training activity to teach a new behaviour, create a behaviour evaluation checklist to make a well - informed evaluation of a presenting behaviour - along with other activities - with the result of developing several tools and resources aimed at analysing, evaluating, and creating management practices that work for the horses in our care and based on the evidence available to us. Understanding abnormal behaviour of horses and the management decisions that contribute to them will be a part of assessing and evaluating current management practices. Also, you will have the opportunity to research a current or special topic in equine behaviour research as part of your work in this course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Interpret, analyze, and critique behavioural research reports and methods;
  2. Locate, access, and evaluate sources of behavioural research and industry data;
  3. Effectively report and assemble research data in a written paper and presentation;
  4. Interpret a horse’s behaviour in a given situation using physiological, physical, social, and behavioural information;
  5. Identify potential causes and generate appropriate solutions for such behaviour to improve the horse’s welfare; and
  6. Systematically evaluate management practices.

Course Topics

  • Exploring Equine Behaviour Research
  • Understanding Equine Learning and Abnormal Behaviours
  • Relating Management Practices to Equine Behaviour and Welfare
  • Research Papers, Presentations and ePortfolio

Additional Requirements

Equine Behaviour or the equivalent knowledge/experience. Equivalencies will be considered on an individual case basis.

This course is intended for adult learners. Students must either be 18 years of age or have completed Grade 12 or equivalent, in order to register.


Assessment Item Weight
Research Project - Literature Review 20%
Research Project - Presentation 20%
Activities and Assignments 35%
Participation in Discussions 25%
Total 100%


Equine Guelph
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.

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Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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*Course details are subject to change.


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

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