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Advanced Equine Behaviour

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Date(s) - May 14, 2018 - July 29, 2018
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 which 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 task, 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 student 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.

Instructor: Lindsay Nakonechny

Lindsay graduated from the University of Alberta in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Health. Lindsay pursued a Master’s of Science degree at the University of Guelph in 2014, with a major in Animal Welfare and Behaviour. With her Principal Investigator, Dr. Katrina Merkies, Lindsay conducted a nationwide survey of the prevalence and perceptions of horse welfare issues in Canada for her research project. Her study received funding through the International Society for Equitation Science Student Research Grant and she presented her findings at the 2015 International Society for Equitation Science Conference. Lindsay was also a student delegate for the 2015 Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation Equine Welfare Workshop, spearheaded by Dr. Paul McGreevy, Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science at the University of Sydney.

Lindsay enjoys volunteering for the Alberta SPCA’s Education Department and engaging local communities with animal welfare. Lindsay brings her knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for equine behavioural research to this course and is looking forward to facilitating your learning in this fast-developing area of science.

The current and upcoming schedule is posted on our Schedule page.

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).

You will find the registration page at our new OpenEd Student Portal – register for the Advanced Equine Behaviour course.

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

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You will find the registration page at our new OpenEd Student Portal – register for the Advanced Equine Behaviour course.

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

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