In this course you will be introduced to many of the important aspects of running a horse-housing establishment, including barn hygiene, air quality, fencing and pasture maintenance and improvement, a safety audit and many more. This course provides practical and up to date information needed to ensure a safe and healthy environment for horses, through effective and responsible management techniques.
You know your horse needs a good solid nutritional program. His life and career depend on the building blocks that nutrition will provide as the solid foundation; but you don’t need a Ph.D. to make sure your horse has a good basic diet! This course leads you through the maze of equine nutrition and gives you the practical knowledge and skills you need to develop and maintain a healthy nutritional program for your horse. The course covers the basics of nutrition, balancing rations and special populations.
Preventing disease and health problems should be the goal of every horse-owner. Many important topics are covered to help you maintain optimal health by developing a year-round health maintenance program. You will be introduced to common problems faced by horses, many due to management problems, and you will learn the steps to take so that you can reduce the risk for your horses.
This course examines the components of the systems that enable the horse’s athletic achievements. It is a study of the functions of those components, and the anatomical structures that fulfill those functions. Students will learn the important anatomical structures and their function, view anatomy from the form vs. function approach and understand how feeding, movement and health of the horse is dependent on its anatomy.
This course introduces many of the important aspects of conditioning the equine athlete for various disciplines, including topics such as base conditioning, aerobic and anaerobic exercise and recovery, monitoring of conditioning gains and prevention of health and performance problems and more. This course provides practical and up to date information needed to ensure a safe and effective training program through applied scientific knowledge of exercise physiology.
The future career of a horse depends on the development of a solid foundation, even before conception! This non-degree online course introduces sound management practices for the broodmare and stallion. The breeding to birth cycle of the life of the horse is covered to gain valuable insight on preventing problems and maintaining the health of the “equine family.” This will be a valuable course for those involved in breeding horses, whether it is your own mare or you are helping in a broodmare establishment.
Handling a horse can be risky, even if you know the animal. When you handle unfamiliar horses the risks increase. While horses may not be able to speak our language, horses do have a language of their own. It is important for those caring for horses to learn the language of horses for their safe and humane care in the domestic environment.
Course topics include horse perception, learning, social hierarchies and play, communication and body care, ingestive and elimination behaviours, interaction of stallions, mares and foals, locomotion, training and handling, transporting horses and unwelcome behaviours (stereotypies).
The prospect: a horse’s genes determine its potential; from Grand Prix jumper to reining champion, from the perfect child’s pony to the Kentucky Derby winner. In the study of equine genetics, we examine how each horse is a product of its genes.
In this course we will examine how the genetics of a horse influence its potential to perform, render it susceptible to disease or unsoundness or curse it with a genetic disorder. This course will take you from simple Mendelian inheritance and medical genetics through the polygenic determination of coat colour and into the quantitative traits such as performance determined by the interaction of multiple genes and the environment. The course will also examine the significance of pedigrees, methods of parentage testing and how breeds are genetically distinct.
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 relationship 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.
Deciding to turn your passion into a profitable business requires planning. Starting and running an equine enterprise is unique in many ways, as the horse industry has many considerations that may not be common to other small businesses. From understanding the scope of the equine industry to writing a complete business plan, this online course helps you identify items that must be considered before you launch equine enterprise as well as guidelines for those already running an equine enterprise.
Marketing and communications are an essential part of a strong business plan. Marketing success involves targeting your business communications at a diverse group of audiences. Your customers, potential customers, community members, different levels of government, associations, regulatory bodies are examples of audiences you will market not only the sale of your goods and services to, but also the promotion of yourself and your business image. This course focuses on the dynamic equine industry using a variety of examples to reflect the industries diversity. Key points discussed will help you to develop effective marketing and communication strategies for your equine business.
This course examines the basic principles of financial management of a small equine business. Balance sheets, income statements and cash flow are key tools in effectively managing a successful business. In addition we will further study common risk and liability issues for business owners as well as exploring those issues unique to your equine enterprise.
With over 130 horse magazines published throughout North America, many freelance writers and photographers are discovering what appears to be an untapped market. This course covers writing styles, how to write, research, editing and the steps necessary to be published, the art and science of photography, and ethics in the publishing industry.
Event management is a growing industry and an opportunity for business owners to expand into this area as both a promotional and a business opportunity are growing. Event management considers the complexities of organizing a wide variety of equine events and will be help students develop strong planning and management skills needed to setup and oversee a horse show/sale/clinic or other event. In this course you will learn the principles of event management and the skills to develop, initiate, run and evaluate an event.
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”.
Finding out just why horses do the things they do is the focus of Advanced Equine Behaviour. This course will provide you with a depth of knowledge on equine behaviour, learning and related welfare issues. During the course you will observe a horses 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.
You will have the opportunity to research a current or special topic in equine behaviour research as part of your work in this course. Past students have researched horse learning theory, horse psychology and behaviour, rehabilitating the abused and neglected horse and the effects of back pain on behaviour.
“The horse is often described as the perfect running machine, but every one of its anatomical adaptations – whether in the musculoskeletal system or in one of the other systems – comes with a cost or trade-off, which often predisposes it to injury or disease” is the thesis instructor Dr. Jeff Thomason poses to students in the Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy class. Students will research and discuss equine digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, reproductive, muscular systems or any of the other systems of the horse’s anatomy in relation to this thesis.
You will have the opportunity to research and explore areas of anatomy you are most interested in whether it is the hoof, gut, skin, brain or any other area of interest understanding how the horse’s systems work together.
Horse nutrition is an essential part of a horse’s health, reproduction and performance, yet it often remains guided by mysterious concoctions and formulas which are often a detriment to a horse’s health. This advanced course recognizes that feeding decisions can be complex and the advances in nutritional research and evolving horse management practices provide an opportunity to design nutritional plans based on current research and evidence-based practice optimizing your horses overall health and performance.
The Equine Welfare course explores controversial and sensitive issues surrounding the use of horses. It will enable all those with an interest in horses to gain an awareness of the specific human uses of horses and the welfare problems and abuses that can sometimes occur as a result. Students will study reliable scientific research and evidence-based information to support an informed debate. The course will draw on the expertise of leaders in equine health and welfare science introducing concepts and definitions of animal welfare. Students will discuss how to recognize negative emotional states, how welfare can be objectively assessed in the horse, and specific practices which may compromise horse welfare.
This course takes students through the highly emotional issues of equine welfare exploring different practices across the globe while focusing on the horse’s perspective. Students will study equine welfare by examining current issues of wild horse management, working horses in developing countries, racing and sport horse practices, slaughter legislation, horses in research, 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 equine research will be discussed, as well as policy development and the legislation covering equines in different countries. Students will be able to knowledgeably discuss equine welfare in any situation and be part of a world-wide move toward encouraging and supporting positive states of equine welfare.
The Equine Emergency Critical Care for Veterinary Technicians course will examine the theoretical and practical aspects of assisting the veterinarian in the management of medical and traumatic emergencies in equine patients. Recognition and assessment of cardiovascular shock, respiratory crisis, gastrointestinal emergency, and musculoskeletal trauma is discussed. The laboratory section of the course addresses the application of treatment protocols, administration of drugs, and assessment and response to critical care situations, patient monitoring and equipment maintenance.
This face-to-face laboratory based course will provide you with opportunities to practice and demonstrate equine emergency critical care skills. The course is held on campus at the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College’s Large Animal Hospital. (This is not an online course, you must attend the University of Guelph campus).