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Basic Horse Care - Equine Psychology

Gain an understanding of the basic care of horses by learning about their psychology with this free online course.

Publisher: One Education
Are you new to horse care or own a horse? Then get ready to go on a ride exploring effective horse care practices. In this course, you'll be taught the basic behavioral patterns of equine psychology along with the effects of evolution and domestication on it. You'll learn about the behaviors of horses at different stages of reproduction as well as some of the common behavioral problems, their reason, alongside their precautions and treatments.
Basic Horse Care - Equine Psychology
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    1.5-3 Hours
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Horse care is a subject that many people are still learning about as many discoveries on horses and equine psychology are being made. Do you have any concerns about your horse's mental health? How do you look after it? This course is designed to provide you with the basic knowledge required to take care of horses and understand their behavior. The course begins by introducing you to basic behavioral patterns of equine psychology along with the effects of evolution and domestication on it. Humans are a verbal species and have become heavily dependent on listening for messages and are relatively poor observers of body language. For animals, it is all about physical expressions, supplemented with auditory inputs. This course will introduce you to a series of behavior by which horses attempt to communicate such as the whinny, nicker, groan and more. You will learn about the reproductive behaviors of stallions and mares as well as their respective parental behaviors.  

Equine behavioral development hugely depends on the care given at the early stage of their lives. Recognizing the signs from newborn foals' behavior helps to determine and control a good number of aspects of foal development. This course provides you with the information needed to recognize those actions. Learners will gain an understanding of foal behaviors at birth, foal activity norms and more. Horse training can be fun and challenging at the same time. This course will teach you how to go about training horses by guiding you with a set of skills and techniques such as operant conditioning, classical conditioning, reinforcement and punishment. You will also learn about the techniques used to assist a horse in overcoming phobias. Horses are unique animals. They are grand, powerful, and capable of expressing a wide range of emotions. Humans and horses have a long history of interaction. You will discover the different aspects of human-horse relation and how it affects humans. You will learn about the horse-human history and how the domestication of horses came about. On top of that, this course will bring to your understanding, the various benefits of horses to human beings. 

Understanding how equines relate with their environment and communicate is critical to their training and management. The horse evolved as a social species, living in herds of several animals. Early domestication did not change that relationship much, but the more people controlled the husbandry of their animals, the smaller and more artificial the groups became. The next part of this course discusses how equines manage their social environment. Learners will gain an understanding of the roles of stallions, mares and juveniles in natal groups as well as the social hierarchy of equines, the effect of rank on behavior and more. A variety of behavior problems occur in horses. Some of the most common are those associated with aggression, fear, sexual behavioral problems, performance problems, abnormal eating habits and undesirable stall behaviors. This course covers these behavioral problems, their reason, along with precautions and treatments. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, there are over 50 million horses in the world and horse care can present wonderful opportunities and is a great career move. This course is suitable for horse owners and anyone that want to learn more about caring for horses either personally or professionally. So why wait? Enrol now.

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