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Equine Behaviour

Please Note

Next Offering begins this May 2013

Semester: Winter 2013
Additional Offerings: Winter 2016
Start Date: January 07, 2013
End Date: March 31, 2013


Credit Towards a Diploma



Program Website

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Continuing Education


12 Weeks
There are no set times you must be online each week. It is recommended you visit the course site at least 3 times a week.

Tuition Fees

$549.00 Regular Tuition Fee


Department: Equine Guelph; Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support


Dr. Sid Gustafson


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 percpetion and learning. Examining equine behaviour research and practice are part of this course desgined to improve the health and welfare of horses in your care.

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 the Diploma in Equine Studies program.
For details about these programs, please see the program websites.

Designed For

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

Assessment Method

  • Participation in the online discussion forums.
  • Online quizzes
  • Papers submitted via the course website.
  • 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
  • Course Prerequisites

    Participants must have Grade 12 (or equivalent); or be at least 18 years of age.


    Required Materials Provided:

    • Course materials.

    Required Materials Not Provided:


    Equine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists (Confirmed)
    Edition: Second Edition
    Author(s): Paul McGreevy BVSc PhD (Editor)
    Published by: Saunders Ltd. in 2012
    ISBN-10: 0702043370 ISBN-13: 978-0702043376


    For more information
    Contact: Info Line
    Phone: 519 824-4120 ext. 55000

    These course details are based on information provided to date by the associated academic department or the course instructor. Course specific information remains subject to change until the actual date of course commencement. In the event of a discrepancy between the course information provided here and on the course website, the course website will be taken as official.