Skip navigation

Make a connection with your horse by studying equine behaviour

Make a connection with your horse by studying equine behaviour.

By understanding your horses better, you can help keep them at their best.

We live in a technologically driven information age where there is an app for almost anything, but when it comes to horses, there is no substitute for your own instinct and knowledge. Learn to better understand horses through their own eyes and how to care for their physical and behavioural needs with Equine Guelph’s online course, Equine Behaviour.

“The primary focus in this class is not to explore what horses can do for humans, but to teach humans what they can do for horses, to facilitate willing partnerships by maintaining optimal physical and behavioural health,” says course instructor Dr. Sid Gustafson.

Within this 12-week course, Gustafson says students will learn about the evolution of the horse, tracing the horse’s development through time in order to appreciate the nature of the horse. Students also discuss domestication science to understand the merging of human society with horse society and the social constructs that are shared between humans and horses. Other topics include horsemanship based on learned science, equine welfare, social play, training, and the various stereotypies that affect horse behaviour such as cribbing, rearing and bucking.

An equine behaviourist, novelist, and veterinarian, Gustafson was raised with horses on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana and was able to experience the culture of horses and humans in a natural setting. He operates a pet and equine practice in Big Sky, Montana, where “these days, my students and horses are my primary teachers”.

To learn more, please visit http://www.sidgustafson.com.

“The objective of this course is to make the world a better place for horses, and subsequently make it a better place for horse folk,” he says. “Students learn how to care for horses as horses prefer to be cared for.”

Equine Behaviour and Advanced Equine Behaviour are part of the Equine Studies continuing education program.

Equine Behaviour will be offered in our Summer 2014 semester. Read our detailed course description.

The Equine Behaviour course is open to all and can be taken as a single course. Students looking for a more in-depth study may be interested in the Equine Welfare Certificate, Diploma in Equine Science or Equine Science Certificate.

Need further information? Please contact:
Marjory Gaouette, Manager Program Development
University of Guelph, Open Learning and Educational Support
519-767-5000
m.gaouette@uoguelph.ca