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Intermediate Equine Psychology (Level 2)
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Course Summary:

This course expands upon our introductory level equine psychology course. It focuses on the horses’ senses, behaviour and learning.

The course consists of four units, designed to build upon your existing learning and form the basis of a more advanced level of knowledge in equine psychology.

You’ll receive your first unit as soon as you enrol, so you can start whenever you want, and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

Our Support Promise:

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of
knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What you will Learn

Unit 1 

The horse sense:

  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Smell
  • Touch
  • Taste

Unit 2 

How intelligent are horses?:

  • What is intelligence
  • The horse’s brain
  • Old and new ideas
  • Intelligence testing
  • Relativity of intelligence
  • Looking at human attitudes

Unit 3

How horses learn:

  • Classical vs operant conditioning
  • Positive and negative reinforcement
  • Negative reinforcement vs punishment

Unit 4

Common behavioural problems:

  • Biting, bolting, bucking, raring, napping, spooking
  • Difficulty catching
  • Trailer problems
  • Bad behaviour with vet, farrier or dentist