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Equine Welfare

Date(s) - May 10, 2021 - August 1, 2021
This is an online course


Equine Welfare, horses grazing in a fieldThe greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” ~Gandhi (1869-1948)

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 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 that may compromise horse welfare.

Equine Welfare is intended to stimulate thought and discussion in the equine industry.

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The goal of this course is to enable you to understand important concepts about horse welfare and to learn how to apply this knowledge in the industry. By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Discuss the history and schools of thought on animal welfare
  • Describe the various scientific approaches to defining and assessing animal welfare
  • Examine how animal welfare is measured from animal-based, management-based and environment-based perspectives
  • Interpret and critically evaluate horse literature and case studies from a welfare perspective
  • Make objective and evidence-based judgments on horse welfare
  • Give examples of horse behaviour and anatomy specific practices and procedures that can compromise horse welfare

Participation (15%): During the course you will be presented with discussion questions. Your grade is based on your participation in the discussions in response to questions, research and evidence presented to support your thoughts and reflection on the information provided by other student postings.

Quizzes (10%): There will be four online quizzes. Each quiz consists of a number of true or false statements and multiple-choice questions which cover the weekly unit material.

Minor Assignment: Research Discussion (30%): This assignment will require you to research a specific welfare topic,  lead a discussion with your discussion group and submit a summary essay.

Major Assignment: Research Paper (45%): This assignment will require you to conduct in-depth research and analysis into an equine welfare issue of your choice which is affecting the industry today. You will write a 750 – 1000 word essay.

Please Note assessments are subject to change.

Instructor: TBA

Registration is limited to 45 students

This course is 12 weeks in length. There are no additional international student fees and we welcome students from across the world.

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

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

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

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