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The Equine Industry

Date(s) - January 13, 2020
This is an online course



The Equine IndustryThe 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”.

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The goal of this course is to enable you to understand important concepts about the horse industry and how they relate to the welfare of horses and the future of the industry. By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Explain the evolution of the horse and the many branches of the equid species.
  • Discuss the evolution of the hoof of the horse and how the domestic housing and sports affect this important structure as part of our management today.
  • Describe the first domestication of the horse, which sets the stage for the further development of the horse in society and its role in work, warfare, sport and companionship.
  • Gain experience leading students in online discussions on topics of interest to the industry.
  • Discuss and debate from industry leaders about the many challenges facing the equine industry today in both the racing and non-racing industries.
  • Reflect and consider how the current challenges of the industry will influence the future of the industry with an eye on a solution-oriented approach.
  • Learn new things, with an ‘open mind’, about the equine industry, no matter your years of experience, and to consider and reflect on the many different aspects of the industry and the many different points of view.

Discussions – The Question (50%): During the course, you will be presented with 5 discussion questions. Your grade is based on your participation in the discussions in response to ‘The Question’ and your reflections on the information provided by other student postings.

Letter to the Editor (20%): You will research and write a position paper in the form of a ‘Letter to the Editor” on an equine industry issue you feel strongly about.

Major Assignment (30%): Major assignment allows you to research and write a 750 – 1000 word essay on a topic of interest to you and related to major course topics.

Please note that the assessment is subject to change.

Instructor: Gayle Ecker

At Work: Gayle has been the Senior Manager of Equine Guelph since its inception in 2003 and played an instrumental role in its birth. She has dedicated her energies to advancing the equine industry through education and communications. Gayle created the ‘pyramid of education’ model – an educational approach that provides learning pathways for career development at all levels (youth education > industry skills > Equine Science Certificate > higher education) in the equine industry. In collaboration with the Open Learning and Educational Support, Gayle developed the Equine Science Certificate program – an online program targeted to the equine industry. She also acts as an instructor in the program.

At Horseplay: Gayle started riding before she could walk! A dappled grey Shetland pony named Pogo was her first mount. Known as the ‘show junkie’, Gayle spent her youth competing at Arabian shows. A former researcher, Gayle’s expertise is in the area of exercise physiology. She has been the Assistant Chef d’Equippe for the Canadian Endurance Team, traveling around the globe with the team to international events like the Pan-Am and World Endurance Championships. These days, Gayle takes pleasure in riding her two Quarter horses through the wooded trails of her country home.

Registration is limited to 60 students. There are no international student fees and we welcome students from across the world.

Detailed course information, required textbooks and registration link can be found on our Registration and Course Information Pagel – The Equine Industry

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The Equine Industry can be taken as a single course or as an elective or required course in the Diploma in Equine Studies,  Certificate in Equine Business Management and the Equine Welfare Certificate

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