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Advanced Equine Behaviour

Date(s) - September 14, 2020 - December 6, 2020
This is an online course


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Finding out just why horses do the things they do is the focus of Advanced Equine Behaviour. The field of horse behaviour and welfare has exploded with research in the last 10 years. Course Instructor Lindsay Nakonechny will show you where to find the latest research and help you to develop the skills to critically assess and apply what you learn to real life situations.

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.

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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

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

The Advanced Equine Behaviour course has a number of activities that will have you immersed in the latest research. Individually and through group discussion, you will complete learning tasks such as conducting behaviour observations, horse learning tasks, and case study analysis.

Your grade will be assessed through these activities:

Discussion Participation (25%): Participating in the weekly discussion questions with other students as well as providing feedback and critique through a peer-review process to students presenting their research.

Behaviour Research E-Portfolio (25%): An e-portfolio is a collection of assignments and activities you have completed during the course and demonstrates your development in understanding equine behaviour and welfare, and the application of evidence-based knowledge to this topic.

Research project in two parts: The intention of the research project is to not only educate on a behavioural topic and the research process but also to produce an informative product of which you can be proud to share with your peers, youth groups, clients, managers, trainers, etc.

Part 1 (30%): You will choose a behaviour topic presented by the instructor or on your own topic of interest and conduct research writing a literature review style paper.

Part 2 (20%): You will present your research to the class and lead a discussion.

Please note that assessments are subject to change.

Instructor: Dr. Robin Foster


This courses will be offered in the Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 Semester

Registration is limited to 45 students.

There are no international student fees and we welcome students from across the world.

To register for this advanced study course you will have completed an Equine Behaviour course through the Equine Studies program or at another post-secondary school (college or university).

To find out when the next course is offered visit our registration page for the Advanced Equine Behaviour course.

Advanced Equine Behaviour can be taken as a single course or as a required course in the Equine Welfare Certificate

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Advanced Equine Behaviour can be taken as a single course or as a required course in the Equine Welfare Certificate

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