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Management of the Equine Environment

Please Note

This course is offered every semester

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



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


College: Ontario Veterinary College

Department: Equine Guelph
Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support

External: Agricultural Adaptation Council


Dr. Susan Raymond


An introduction to many of the important aspects of running a horse-housing establishment. Good management of the equine environment will provide a safe, efficient and healthy environment for the horses in your care. Management of the Equine Environment provides you with access to the latest research and helps you immediately apply what you learn in a practical way to your situation.

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

Management of the Equine Environment is a core course in the Equine Science Certificate, Certificate in Equine Business Management, and Diploma in Equine Studies programs.
It is a prerequisite course for the Equine Welfare Certificate. For details about these programs, please visit the program websites.

Designed For

those looking to increase their understanding of the horse
advance their careers in the equine industry and
expand their knowledge and skills in the area of equine science.


In this course you will learn how to:

  • Assess the management practices of a horse housing establishment
  • Investigate and evaluate a variety of equine management practices
  • Apply environmental management practices
  • Conduct a safety audit
  • Identify management solutions for increasing the health and safety of horses within the horse housing establishment

Grading Scheme

Online Participation - 30%
Quizzes - 15%
Assignments -55%
Total - 100%

Assessment Method

Participation in the online discussion forums
Online quizzes

Course Topics

This course will introduce you to the important aspects of running a horse establishment including:

  • Stable design and bedding
  • Forage
  • Arenas
  • Safety
  • Turnout for your horse: Pasture, Fencing, and Shelter
  • Environmental responsibilites for manure mangement and water quality
  • Seasonal Considerations

Course Prerequisites

Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent,
or at least 18 years of age.

It is recommended certificate and diploma students complete Management of the Equine Environment first, or very early in their course of studies.


Required Materials Provided:

  • Course Reader and Materials

Required Materials Not Provided:


Horsekeeping on a Small Acerage (Confirmed)
Edition: Second
Author(s): Cherry Hill
Published by: Storey Publishing in 2005
ISBN-13: 9781580175357
Publisher's website:

Stablekeeping (Confirmed)
Author(s): Cherry Hill
Published by: Storey Publishing
ISNB-10: 1580171753
ISBN-13: 978-1580171755
Publisher's website:


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.