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Horse Behavior and Welfare

The Horse Behavior and Welfare course is based on the knowledge of equine experts at Michigan State University and nationally recognized equine professionals. In this class, you’ll find a wealth of resources for learning about horse behavior. You’ll learn about equine welfare and how it relates to horse management. Horse enthusiasts of all levels can benefit from this course, whether you are a horse breeder, trainer, owner of one horse — or even if you don’t own a horse!

You will learn about the behavior of horses and management strategies to improve their welfare.

Overview of topics
Have you ever wondered why your horse chews on wood, or what your horse is trying to tell you through its tail movement? Learning about horse behavior can influence the way you interact with your horse and help you understand your horse’s reactions to certain situations. Through this course, you can explore topics relating to horse behavior, training psychology and equine welfare.

More specifically, you will learn about

  • Horse senses
  • Horse body language
  • How a horse learns
  • Key factors for the foundation of training
  • Stereotypical behaviors
  • Managing vices
  • The definition of horse welfare
  • How to assess horse welfare

Each unit consists of an overview, informative topics including pictures and short video clips, plus optional activities. Activities include exercises you can complete by working with your own horse or observing other horses!

It will probably take you 4 to 6 hours to complete the course.

USDF Accreditation
Members of United States Dressage Federation can earn 2 credits through this course. Learn more!