Advanced Equine Behaviour - Next Offering September 2014

Advanced Equine Behaviour Course at the University of Guelph

Want to Understand Why Horses Do The Things They Do?

Finding out just why horses do the things they do is the focus of Advanced Equine Behaviour. The field of horse behaviour and welfare has exploded with research in the last 10 years. Course Instructor Kelly Hecker Jimmerson will show you were to find the latest research and help you to develop the skills to critically assess and apply what you learn to real life situations.

This course will provide you with a depth of knowledge on equine behaviour, learning and related welfare issues. During the course you will observe a horses behaviour over time and activity, design a training activity to teach a new behaviour, create a behaviour evaluation checklist to make a well-informed evaluation of a presenting behaviour - along with other activities - with the result of developing several tools and resources aimed at analysing, evaluating, and creating management practices that work for the horses in our care and based on the evidence available to us. Understanding abnormal behaviour of horses and the management decisions that contribute to them will be a part of assessing and evaluating current management practices.

You will have the opportunity to research a current or special topic in equine behaviour research as part of your work in this course. Past students have researched horse learning theory, horse psychology and behaviour, rehabilitating the abused and neglected horse and the effects of back pain on behaviour.

"The field of horse behaviour and welfare has exploded with research in the last 10 years and more is generated each season" said course instructor Kelly Hecker-Jimmerson. "My job as instructor is to highlight some of the areas that are getting the most attention - for example,equine learning, neurophysiology of behaviour and stress, and welfare management. We also show students where to find the latest research, without reading or hearing about it from a second or third party."

Kelly Hecker-Jimmerson is a graduate of Michigan State University with an M.S. in equine behaviour and management and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She is a certified riding instructor with CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association), PATH International (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship), and is certified through ARPAS (American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists) as a Professional Equine Scientist.

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Equine Welfare Certificate and the Equine Veterinary Technicians Certificate.

Further course information:

Pre-requisite: Equine Behaviour
Instructor: Kelly Hecker Jimmerson, MSc
Class Begins September 15, 2014
Detailed Course Description

Advanced Equine Health through Nutrition - Next Offering Winter 2015

Proper Nutrition Can Make a Difference in the Life of Your Horse

Recognizing the importance of proper nutrition plays a key role in equine health and welfare, and is an essential tool when it comes to maintenance, reproduction and performance of the horse.

“This course in particular takes the basic nutritional recommendations and teaches students how to apply them, particularly when feeds may be causing problems in the horse,” says course instructor Dr. Kathleen Crandell, an Equine Nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research in Versailles, Kentucky. “Anyone who owns or feeds a horse would benefit from a good understanding of what is the best way to feed and why you should feed it.”

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.

"While balanced nutrition is a focus of this course, we take it to the next level by exploring how nutrition can be applied to improve or maintain the health of the horse. Specific health issues that will be covered include laminitis, insulin resistance and Equine Metabolic Disease, nutritional solutions for genetically linked rhabdomyolysis [the rapid destruction of skeletal muscle], gastrointestinal diseases such as gastric and colonic ulcers, hindgut acidosis and colic, and nutritional therapy for orthopedic bone disease in growing horses."

Dr. Kathleen Crandell, who has a master’s degree in equine nutrition and exercise physiology and a PhD in equine nutrition and reproduction from Virginia Tech in Middleburg, Virginia, has been working in the horse nutrition industry as a consultant for over 15 years. She feels proper nutrition can make a difference between a healthy, content horse and “one that is just getting by.”

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Equine Veterinary Technicians Certificate and an elective in the Equine Welfare Certificate.

Further course information:

Pre-requisite: Equine Nutrition
Instructor: Kathleen Crandell, PhD
Class Begins January 12, 2015
Detailed Course Description

Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy - Fall 2014 semester Register Now

The key to a horse’s health lies beneath its appearance.

“The horse is often described as the perfect running machine, but every one of its anatomical adaptations – whether in the musculoskeletal system or in one of the other systems – comes with a cost or trade-off, which often predisposes it to injury or disease” is the thesis instructor Dr. Jeff Thomason poses to students in the Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy class. Students will research and discuss equine digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, reproductive, muscular systems or any of the other systems of the horse’s anatomy in relation to this thesis.

This course will build on your experience with horses and from what you have learned in Equine Functional Anatomy and other courses to improve your interaction with horses and enhance your ability to locate and use reliable information on equine anatomy. You will have the opportunity to research and explore areas of anatomy you are most interested in whether it is the hoof, gut, skin, brain or any other area of interest understanding how the horse’s systems work together.

As part of this course you will prepare an instructional document such as a factsheet, video, infographic, recorded interview, whatever you choose on your anatomy research topic. You will provide a critical analysis of available research and evidence.

Guest speakers will present on some of the most recent research being conducted in equine anatomy. Past presenters have included Dr. Chris Pollitt a top international researcher searching for a cure and best preventative measures for laminitis; Dr.Tracey Chenier a specialist in equine reproduction at the Ontario Veterinary College here at the University of Guelph; and Dr. Kim McGurrin a specialist in cardiovascular systems who participated in a ground breaking project recording the heart rates of Standardbreds during races ground breaking project recording heart rates of Standardbreds during races. So she knows the equine cardiovascular system.

You may register for this course individually. Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy is also part of the Equine Veterinary Technicians Certificate and an elective course in the Equine Welfare Certificate.

Further Course Information:

Pre-requisite: Equine Functional Anatomy
Instructor: Jeff Thomason, PhD
Course Begins September 15, 2014
Detailed Course Description


Equine Welfare online course with the University of Guelph

Equine Welfare

The Equine Welfare course explores controversial and sensitive issues surrounding the use of horses. It will enable all those with an interest in horses to gain an awareness of the specific human uses of horses and the welfare problems and abuses that can sometimes occur as a result. Students will study reliable scientific research and evidence-based information to support an informed debate. The course will draw on the expertise of leaders in equine health and welfare science introducing concepts and definitions of animal welfare. 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.

You may register for this course individually or take it as part of the Equine Welfare Certificate

Further course Information:

No pre-requistes are required for this course
Instructor: Janet Higginson-Cutler

Detailed Course Description


Global Perspectives in Equine Welfare

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.

You may register for this course individually or take it as part of the Equine Welfare Certificate

Further Course Information:

There is no pre-requisite to register in this course
Instructor: Nicki Cross and Tamara Tadich

Detailed Course Description