Enhance the wellbeing and performance of horses in your care by gaining an understanding of what drives their behaviour. This course is ideal for horse trainers, riding instructors, horse owners, equestrian enthusiasts or anyone who wants to understand these majestic animals better.
The Certificate of Equine Behaviouris an online program that will teach you to understand how horses think and to apply this knowledge to manage difficult or problematic equine behaviour confidently.
In this professional development course, you will learn to identify factors affecting horse behaviour, as well as the influence of genes. You will also discover how horses perceive their surroundings and respond to stimuli.
You will also learn about horse communication and the nature of social hierarchy and organisation, as well as the sexual and reproductive behaviour of the horse. You will discover why problem behaviours occur and how horses learn, which can be applied to training and handling.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundation knowledge of equine behaviour to provide sensitive and informed care in the training and handling of horses.
Unit - Equine Behaviour
Unit 1 – Introduction: influences and motivation
Why study equine behaviour?
What motivates behaviour?
Species behavioural differences
Unit 2 – Genetics and behaviour
Understanding the basics
Unit 3 – Equine perception and behaviour
Unit 4 – Communication and social behaviour
Unit 5 – Sexual and reproductive behaviour
Unit 6 – Learning and training
Conditioning and learning
Thorndike’s Law of Effect (1913)
Operant and Respondent Behaviour
Biological Aspects of Learning
Unit 7 – Behavioural problems
Types of abnormal behaviour in horses
Diagnosing behavioural problems
Indicators of pain
Indicators of mild fear
Indicators of extreme fear
Problems during loading
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.