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Stewardship of the Equine Environment

Date(s) - September 10, 2018 - December 2, 2018
This is an online course


Stewardship of the Equine Environment Fall 2014This course 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.

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At the completion of this course students will have:

  • Conducted a basic biophysical inventory of a rural property through the application of nature interpretation skills.
  • Highlighted their farm’s environmental strengths, identify areas of concern, and set realistic action plans with time tables.
  • Investigated a current issue related to the equine industry and environmental stewardship.
  • Reflected on the implications of environmental stewardship on both a personal and equine industry level.

  • Quizzes 15%: There will be three online quizzes. Each quiz consists of a number of true or false statements and multiple-choice questions which cover the weekly unit material.
  • Participation in class learning questions (CLQ’s) 15%: During the course you will be participating in online discussions. The CLQ is a specific learning question the instructor has presented for you to research and discuss. There are five CLQ’s during the course.
  • Biophysical Assessment 20%: You will conduct an assessment of an outdoor property, ideally a horse facility but if you do not have access to horse facility any outdoor property can be assessed (park, school grounds etc.)
  • Reflective Essay 20%
  • Assessment Worksheets 30%: The course manual has a series of environmental assessment worksheets and you are required to submit a three for grading.

Dr. Susan Raymond

At Work: Susan oversees the communications program and is heavily involved in the education programs of Equine Guelph. Susan is the instructor and course co-creator of the Management of the Equine Environment online course, Equine Science Certificate program. Susan has also been the assistant instructor of the Equine Journalism online course, Equine Business Management Certificate program. Formerly, she was involved in air quality research which provided practical recommendations to the horse industry on stable design and management. Susan has completed a PhD, investigating the effects of exposure of horses to mycotoxins.

At Horseplay: Horses are not only part of Susan’s professional life, but are her true passion and take up much of her social life. Susan has had a variety of experiences within the horse industry, from exercising young racehorses to jumping, dressage and trail rides. Most recently, she has had the opportunity to work with endurance horses and has even competed in a number of “ride and ties”.

“I believe that we, as caregivers, hold a tremendous responsibility to our horses. The environment that we create for them has a considerable impact on their welfare, health and performance ability, regardless of discipline. I feel extremely fortunate that, through these industry education programs I am able to combine my love of horses with my interest in communication and education as a career.”

This course is next scheduled for Fall 2018.

Registration for this course is now closed. Visit our Diploma in Equine Studies to find a list of courses available.

Registration is limited to 60 students. There are no 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 Stewardship in the Equine Environment course

Stewardship of the Equine Environment can be taken as a single course and is considered an elective core course in the Certificate in Equine Business Management, and a core course in Diploma in Equine Studies.

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Current registration details can be found at our OpenEd Student Portal – register for the Stewardship of the Equine Environment.

Stewardship of the Equine Environment course can be taken as a single course and is considered an core course in the Diploma in Equine Studies page and an elective course in the Certificate in Equine Business Management.

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