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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The Normal Horse: Basic Physiology

In this module, you will be able to identify the parameters of normal health in a horse. You will be able to measure a horse’s vital signs, including temperature, pulse, and capillary refill time, or CRT. You will be able recognize ranges of what are considered normal vital signs for the species, breed and individual horse. You will be able to monitor these normals over time to detect changes and alert a veterinarian to a problem....
Reading
12 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
The Five Freedoms5m
Introduction to the Normal Horse59s
Recognizing a Normal, Healthy Horse2m
Assessing Key Vital Signs8m
Evaluating Weight and Body Conditions7m
Recognizing Variations Among Breeds5m
Basic Equine Anatomy and Terminology6m
Natural and Acquired Locomotion and Gaits6m
Hoof Physiology7m
The Musculoskeletal System7m
The Vision and Nervous System10m
Reading2 readings
A Note From UC Davis10m
Suggested Activity: Documenting a Horse's Vital Signs30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Maintaining Good Hydration and Nutrition

In this module, you will be able to discuss the water needs of a the horse. You will be able to manage and meet those needs in a variety of situations. You will be able to discuss dehydration and be able to test for a horse's level of hydration. You will be able to properly assess hydration status and will have some knowledge of ways to prevent and react to dehydration. You will be able to identify essential parts of a horse's digestive system. You will be able to discuss the characteristics of a horse's digestive system and be able to develop a nutritional plan suitable for your horse. You will be able to successfully communicate with your veterinarian about your horse's water and nutrition needs....
Reading
5 videos (Total 52 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The Importance of Hydration13m
The Digestive System11m
Benefits and Detriments of Various Feed Types11m
Determining Nutritional Requirements14m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz40m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Providing Proper Care and a Safe Environment

In this module, you will be able to discuss proper husbandry for your horse. You will be able to identify the second of the five freedoms – freedom from discomfort. You will be able to recognize the importance of creating a proper and safe environment. You will also be able to analyze best practices for proper flooring, bedding, footing, exercise, and safety for both you and your horse. You will be able to review the steps needed for emergency preparedness, evacuation, and rescue situations. You will be able to develop a safety plan utilizing the standards of care for your facility. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 62 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Applying Standards of Care6m
Assessing Stall, Pen, and Pasture Quality6m
Applying Standards of Care11m
Ensuring Safety5m
Emergency Preparedness, Evacuation and Rescue13m
Footing Surfaces: Where Horses Work, Train or Perform11m
Exercising Your Horse5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz50m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Assess Fitness, Prevent Common Diseases and Injuries

In this module, you will be able to discuss common injuries and diseases that can afflict horses. You will be able to identify the characteristics of the fit horse and the impact of fitness in injury prevention. You will be able to recognize common symptoms of illness, discomfort, and pain and the importance of hoof and dental care. You will be able to review common fly management and deworming practices. You will be able to prepare a vaccination plan for disease prevention....
Reading
9 videos (Total 59 min), 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Assess Cardiovascular and Musculoskeletal Fitness5m
Maintaining Health and Preventing Common Ailments5m
Deworming: Centerpiece of a Preventative Health Program6m
Preparing a Vaccination Plan for Disease Prevention4m
Hoof and Dental Care5m
Preventing Diseases with Biosecurity5m
Recognizing Signs of Pain and Discomfort7m
Common Ailments and Injuries18m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz50m

Instructor

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Claudia Sonder, DVM

Emeriti Director of Equine Outreach
Center for Equine Health

About University of California, Davis

UC Davis, one of the nation’s top-ranked research universities, is a global leader in agriculture, veterinary medicine, sustainability, environmental and biological sciences, and technology. With four colleges and six professional schools, UC Davis and its students and alumni are known for their academic excellence, meaningful public service and profound international impact....

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