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Introduction to Equine Psychology (Level 1)
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Course Summary:

This course is designed to introduce current and future horse owners to contemporary thought on equine psychology. Over four units, students will cover everything from environment to attitudes, allowing them to gain insight into how horses think, learn and behave.

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.

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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 

  • Introducing the horse: history, development of types and breeds, and the horse as product of evolution

Unit 2 

  • The horse in the wild: social environment of the herd
  • Environment and social structure, who is the boss?
  • Exploring issue of dominance and hierarchy, foal development, the function of play

Unit 3 

  • Horses in the human environment: the fall and rise of the horse
  • Changing attitudes – the role of the horse from industrial machine to leisure and sport, an artificial environment

Unit 4 

  • Getting in tune with our horse: being with horses
  • Reading horse language
  • Effects of human stress on horses
  • Concepts of reductionistic vs holistic approaches