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Course Description

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Global Perspectives in Equid Welfare takes students through the different welfare issues of domesticated and wild equids. The course explores different activities in which equids are involved across the globe while considering the social, legal, and economic factors underlying these practices.  

Students will study equid welfare by examining current issues of wild horse management, working horses in developing countries, welfare issues in donkeys and mules, racing and sport horse practices, slaughter legislation, unwanted horses and equine rescue facilities, and a comparison of the different equine management practices used around the world. Current advances and key persons in equid research will be discussed, as well as policy development and the legislation covering equids in different countries.  

Students will be able to knowledgeably discuss equine welfare and their role in sustainable development in any situation and be part of a worldwide move toward encouraging and supporting positive welfare states.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the drivers for research on equids in different regions of the world 
  2. Analyze the interconnection between equids’ welfare and environmental and human wellbeing; 
  3. Identify the welfare needs of different populations of equids worldwide; 
  4. Discuss the impact of equids on local economies in different regions; 
  5. Describe the role of equids in achieving sustainable development globally; 
  6. Identify different activities equids are involved in globally, and the welfare risks associated to these activities; and 
  7. Compare legal requirements for equid identification systems between countries and their implications for their movement 

Course Topics

  1. Who’s Who in Equid Welfare
  2. Global Perspectives in Equine Welfare
  3. Global Equine Management Practices
  4. The Welfare of the Wild Horse
  5. Donkeys and Equids
  6. Working Horses in Developing Countries
  7. Global Issues in Racing and Sport Horses
  8. Globalization and the Movement of Horses
  9. FEI and EU Passports and Effects on Equine Welfare
  10. Unwanted Horses and Equine Rescue Facilities
  11. The Welfare of the Horse Destined for Slaughter
  12. Equids and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners, at least 18 years of age.
  • You do not need access to a horse to complete this course and be successful.
  • You can expect to spend 6 - 10 hours per week to complete the course material, discussions and assignments. Plan to be on the course website 3 - 5 times per week to keep up-to-date and on schedule with weekly readings, activities, and class discussion.
  • You make take this as an individual course or chose to complete one of our equine certificates or diplomas.
  • Do you have more questions? Contact our Continuing Education office.


Assessment Items Weight
Discussions 15%

Reflection Papers

  • one at 10%
  • one at 15%
  • one at 25%

Major Assignment, Presentation and Discussion

Total 100%

Note: Assessments may change, consult your course outline for further details


Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare
Equine Guelph
Open Learning and Educational Support

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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This course is likely to be offered in the Summer semester. Contact our office for further information.

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