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Course Descriptions and Schedule


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To obtain the Equine Science Certificate, the four core courses and two electives must be completed successfully. Management of the Equine Environment should be completed first, or early in the course of study. Nutrition should be completed prior to Growth & Development, and Functional Anatomy should be completed before Exercise Physiology if selected as an elective.

Students can always take all of our equine courses or just the courses which interest you.

For a brief description of each course, click on the name.

Required Courses

Elective Courses (2 required)

Schedule of Upcoming Courses

January 2015 May 2014 September 2014
Management of the Equine Environment Management of the Equine Environment Management of the Equine Environment
Equine Beahviour Equine Nutrition Functional Anatomy
Equine Health & Disease Prevention Equine Behaviour Equine Health & Disease Prevention
Equine Genetics Exercise Physiology Equine Growth & Development

Equine Nutrition

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Advanced Equine Behaviour
Global Perspectives in Equine Welfare

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Other courses offered in Equine Studies:

Advanced Series of Equine Science Courses
The advanced equine courses are not eligible electives for the Equine Science Certificate.

Equine Business Management

Required Course Descriptions

Management of the Equine Environment -Next Offering Fall 2014 - Register Now

In this course you will be introduced to many of the important aspects of running a horse-housing establishment, including barn hygiene, air quality, fencing and pasture maintenance and improvement, a safety audit and many more. This course provides practical and updated information needed to ensure a safe and healthy environment for horses, through effective and responsible management techniques.

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Equine Nutrition - Next course offering Fall 2014 - Register Now

You know your horse needs a good solid nutritional program. His life and career depend on the building blocks that nutrition will provide as the solid foundation; but you don't need a Ph.D. to make sure your horse has a good basic diet! This course leads you through the maze of equine nutrition and gives you the practical knowledge and skills you need to develop and maintain a healthy nutritional program for your horse. The course covers the basics of nutrition, balancing rations and special populations.

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Health & Disease Prevention - Next Offering Fall 2014 - Register Now

Preventing disease and health problems should be the goal of every horse-owner. Many important topics are covered to help you maintain optimal health by developing a year-round health maintenance program. You will be introduced to many of the common problems faced by horses, many due to management problems, and you will learn the steps to take so that you can reduce the risk for your horses.

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Functional Anatomy - Next Offering Fall 2014- Register Now

This course examines the components of the systems that enable the horse�s athletic achievements. It is a study of the functions of those components, and the anatomical structures that fulfill those functions. Students will learn the important anatomical structures and their function, view anatomy from the form vs. function approach and understand how feeding, movement and health of the horse is dependent on its anatomy.

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Elective Course Descriptions (Choose 2)

Exercise Physiology - Summer 2014 - Register Now

This course introduces many of the important aspects of conditioning the equine athlete for various disciplines, including topics such as base conditioning, aerobic and anaerobic exercise and recovery, monitoring of conditioning gains and prevention of health and performance problems and more. This course provides practical and up to date information needed to ensure a safe and effective training program through applied scientific knowledge of exercise physiology.

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Growth & Development - Next offering Fall 2014 - Register Now

The future career of a horse depends on the development of a solid foundation, even before conception! This non-degree online course introduces sound management practices for the broodmare and stallion. The breeding to birth cycle of the life of the horse is covered to gain valuable insight on preventing problems and maintaining the health of the "equine family." This will be a valuable course for those involved in breeding horses, whether it is your own mare or you are helping in a broodmare establishment.

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Equine Behaviour - Next Offering Winter 2015

Handling a horse can be risky, even if you know the animal. When you handle unfamiliar horses the risks increase. While horses may not be able to speak our language, horses do have a language of their own. It is important for those caring for horses to learn the language of horses for their safe and humane care in the domestic environment.

Course topics include horse perception, learning, social hierarchies and play, communication and body care, ingestive and elimination behaviours, interaction of stallions, mares and foals, locomotion, training and handling, transporting horses and unwelcome behavious (stereotypies).

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Equine Genetics - Next offering Winter 2015

The horse population is growing, and a basic understanding of various genetic considerations can assist the horse breeder. In addition to colour genetics, breeders should have an understanding of medical genetics; both Mendelian and Polygenic and performance traits. Aspects of genetic descriptions of breeds, along with parentage testing and pedigrees will also be investigated.

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Advanced Series of Equine Courses

Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy - Next Offering May 2014 - Register Now

Whether you have been involved with horses for 4 months or 40 years, there are two basic ways to improve your interaction with them. First you practise the skills involved in working with horses and around them. Second, you continue to build on your knowledge of horses as individuals, as a species and the best ways to care for and manage them. This course will build on your experience with horses and from what you have learned in Functional Anatomy and other courses to improve your interaction with horses and enhance your ability to locate and use reliable information on equine anatomy. In this course you will research and explore areas of anatomy you are interested in whether it is the hoof, gut, skin, nervous system or any of the other systems based on research and evidence. This course is not currently part of the Equine Science Certificate program but will be of interest to independent self-motivated learners interested in further exploring equine anatomy.

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Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition - Next Offering Winter 2015

All of the equine courses have a focus on helping you make good decisions for the health and welfare of your horse by looking at current research and evidence based practice. This advanced nutrition course will explore new research findings as they relate to functional foods for health through nutrition. You will look at the role of diets such as high fibre low starch diets and learn how to correct nutritional deficiencies that may lead to diseased states. Assessment, evaluation and development of feeding programs for specialized populations will also be covered.

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Advanced Equine Behaviour - Next Offering September 2014

Advanced Equine Behaviour will take an in-depth look at the behaviour research process as you learn to apply evidence-based knowledge to improve the welfare of the horse. Understanding abnormal behaviour of horses and the management decisions which contribute to them will be a part of assessing and evaluating current management practices. You will have an opportunity to research a current or special topic in equine behaviour research as part of your work in this course. Pre-requisite requirement of Equine Behaviour. Equine Behaviour is offeredin the Summer 2012 semester.

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Equine Welfare - TBA

This course will be one of the required courses in our new Equine Welfare Certificate. Equine Welfare introduces the concepts in animal welfare and how it is defined. Students will discuss how to recognize negative emotional states, how welfare can be objectively assessed in the horse, and specific practices which may compromise horse welfare.

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Global Perspectives in Equine Welfare - January 2014 - Next Offering TBA

This course takes students through the highly emotional issues of equine welfare exploring different practices across the globe while focusing on the horses perspective. Students will study equine welfare by examining current issues of wild horse management, working horses in developing countries, racing and sport horse practises, slaughter legislation, horses in research, unwanted horses and equine rescue facilities and a comparison of the different equine management practices used around the world. Current advances and key persons in equine research will be discussed, as well as policy development and the legislation covering equines in different countries. Students will be able to knowledgeably discuss equine welfare in any situation and be part of a world-wide move toward encouraging and supporting positive states of equine welfare.

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