In the Shadow of Horse

In the Shadow of Horse
In the Shadow of Horse

Friday, April 4, 2014

Equine Behaviour Online education

Equine Behaviour


Enhance the welfare of horses in your care by learning the language of horses. Equine Behaviour encourages you to understand a horses behaviour through the eyes of the horse, adapting the horses environment and handling through investigating horse perception and learning. Examining equine behaviour research and practice are part of this course designed to improve the health and welfare of horses in your care.

There are optional activities and readings built into the course content which allow you to explore additional topics in equine behaviour. The additional topics are popular among the behaviour students and we would like you to know participating in optional activities increases the amount of time per week you would need to commit to the course.

This course is entirely online, so travel to the University of Guelph is NOT required.

NOTE: This course is an elective course in the Equine Science Certificate program and a core course in theDiploma in Equine Studies program. For details about these programs, please see our program website

Designed For

racehorse trainers, veterinarians, horse owners, trainers, grooms, breeders, stable employees, veterinary technicians, industry representatives, coaches and individuals with an interest in horses.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Behaviour
  • Perception
  • Behaviour and the Brain
  • Learning
  • Social & Play, Communication
  • Body Care
  • Ingestive and Eliminative Behaviours
  • Reproductive Behaviour
  • Stereotypies
  • Locomotion
  • Training
  • Handling and Transporting
  • Welfare


Equine Behaviour, A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists (Confirmed)
Edition: 2ndAuthor(s): Paul McGreevyPublished by: Elsevier Ltd in 2013 ISBN: 978-0-7020-4337-6

Dr Gustafson is an equine veterinarian, veterinary behaviorist, and novelist. He helps refine horse and dog training methods to accommodate the inherent nature and behavior of horses and dogs. Applied veterinary behavior enhances optimum health, performance, soundness, contentment, and longevity in animal athletes. Natural approaches to development, training, nutrition, and conditioning sustain equine health and enhance performance. Behavioral and nutritional enrichment strategies enhance the lives of stabled horses. Training and husbandry from the horse's perspective result in content, cooperative horses. DrSid provides equine behavior consultations to help recreate the needs and preferences of horses in training and competition.

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