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Equine Welfare

Equine Welfare course, woman and her horse

Can you recognize pain and distress in horses? Are some training methods bad for horse welfare?  Is it acceptable to slaughter horses?

These are the types of questions nearly every horse owner and professional in the horse industry is facing every day.

Equine Welfare is a new course being offered through distance education at the University of Guelph that will help horse owners and people in the horse industry to address these and other difficult questions in an informed and objective way.

“Animal welfare is important consideration for anyone who cares for horses or is associated with the equine industries. This course will help them to better understand the issues, the science used to assess animal welfare and the ethical decision-making process that uses the science” says course instructor Janet Higginson Cutler.

People who take this course will learn about the science of animal welfare and how it is measured. Students will explore the ethics of controversial issues surrounding the use of horses and the history of the human-equine interaction.  Other topics covered include: recognizing pain and distress in horses and examining specific practices in the horse industry that can compromise horse welfare.

This course is relevant for all horse owners, people associated with the horse industries, members of the veterinary profession, and those employed in regulatory agencies that oversee the care and use of horses.

Equine Welfare will be offered in our Summer 2016 semester.

Detailed Course Description


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

The Equine Welfare course is jointly offered by Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, Equine Guelph and Open Learning and Educational Support.

Need further information? Please contact:
Open Learning and Educational Support