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About the Course

This unique course was developed by veterinarians at the world-renowned University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The course will address horsemanship from a welfare perspective, within the context of “The Five Freedoms” of animal welfare. We’ll explore equine physiology, behavior and basic needs including housing, nutrition, hygiene and disease management. You’ll learn how to perform basic tasks to assess the overall condition of the horse and identify problem areas. We’ll also examine the specialized needs of the equine athlete and the major responsibilities we as owners, handlers or competitors must assume in order to ensure the health and welfare of our equine companions. Finally, we’ll look several special topics in equine welfare including disaster planning and the international welfare efforts now in place to protect working horses and other equids in key industries such as racing, international competition, tourism and even mining. By the conclusion of the course, you will be well equipped to develop a comprehensive welfare plan for any horses in your care....

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Feb 25, 2021

This course is solid in its information, interesting in its presentation, full of good resources, and able to be paced to fit in with my work schedule. It was definitely worth my time and effort.


Nov 11, 2020

everyone who owns a horse should take this course.. it is essential knowledge to advocating for your horses we'llfare and safety and also improves your relationship building with horses.

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By Awais j

Jun 8, 2019

It is one of the best courses I've been through so far. Thanks a lot to Dr. Claudia for mentorship.

By Georgia R

Oct 21, 2020

There is a lot of information that needs to be updated. Some of the documents that were supposed to be available "in the Resources section" are nowhere to be found. Some of the links given do not connect to the correct document, others are just missing entirely.

I am not sure if spending so much of my time on this course was a good decision. The certificate I recieved states that I attended "an online non-credit course authorized by University of California, Davis and offered through Coursera" . I am not sure how much credibility is given to a "non-credit" course for employability purposes.

By annie s

Jul 16, 2019

very happy I was able to do this at home and was very pleased with what was covered.

By Bradley S

Sep 6, 2018

extremely informative would recommend to anyone wondering about equine welfare!

By Laura W

Nov 5, 2018

Wow! I thought I knew a lot about horses but after taking this course, I realized that I knew very little. The content was thorough but digestible for the average person to understand. I loved the videos where she used Joe as a model to show equine anatomy, how to check vitals and even how to give medicine. This course covered every stage of the horse’s life and common issues. I found that I couldn’t bring myself to watch the videos in week 6, but thankfully it was transcribed. I wish I could afford to get the certificate because the education in this course is work it. I hope you enjoy it as much I did. Thank you Dr. Sonder and associates.

By christina p

Dec 19, 2018

I did not find this course as challenging as I hoped. However, I am not a horse owner and I definitely learned some important things and feel that this class was definitely worth my time. I now understand so much more about owning a horse and basic healthcare.

By Malik Z G

Jan 17, 2020

I appreciate coursera community on organizing such a wonderful course . I learn many new things from this course . This course is helping students in providing direction regarding their future . Being a veterinary studnet i encouraged myself to go on equine practice side in future , though there is no scope of equine industry in our country( Pakistan ). Moreover , i will opt futher more courses about Equines by yours . Thank you very much for providing such a great opportunity . Thank you very much

Kind regards

Muhammad Zahid Gulshan

Student DVM (final year )

Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan ,punjab, Pakistan


Oct 17, 2019

Informative for someone who hasn't had much experience with horses. Not as challenging as I had hoped, but still a good thing to review what I know. Good for people who have no knowledge about horses to someone with about intermediate knowledge.


Jul 16, 2019

Lots of information about basics of equine management. The major problems faced by owners and the manage-mental practices for better herd management.

By Tina M

Mar 4, 2019

I think it is a great course for those who are novice to horses. As well, it is informative to those of us who have had horses for many years.

By cindy m

Jan 5, 2020

Even with my years of horses, this is a great refresher. And I learned some new things too!!!

By Varun P S

Sep 15, 2023

Dear Dr. Claudia Sonder and the UC Davis Coursera Team,

I want to express my sincere gratitude for offering the "Equine Welfare and Management" course. While I may not have prior experience with veterans or horses, your course has been instrumental in equipping me with the knowledge and understanding necessary to pursue my mission.

The comprehensive education provided in this course, especially regarding the psychology of horses and their specific requirements, has been invaluable. I now feel more confident and prepared to contribute meaningfully to the welfare and management of horses in my region.

Dr. Sonder, I am genuinely thankful for your guidance and expertise. Rest assured, should I be fortunate enough to secure a research grant or any opportunity related to equine welfare, I will not hesitate to seek your advice and input.

Furthermore, I extend an open invitation to you and the team to consider visiting India. Our university, UPES, offers a warm and hospitable environment, and it would be an honor to host you.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for this enlightening course. I appreciate it immensely.

With warm regards,

Dr. Varun Pratap Singh

By Christina F

Dec 8, 2020

First, I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this course and earning a certificate. I am positive that I will utilize what I have learned from taking this course. The instructor eloquently mastered delivering crucial topics that every horse owner or handler needs to know and understand to promote outstanding care and management for our horse partners.

Second, I will definitely be taking more courses to gain more knowledge and skills to assist me in being successful to complete my endeavors to propagate an equine ranch that will benefit both the equestrian and the community.

Lastly, I am grateful for finding Coursera online because without your website this wouldn't have been possible. This an amazing academy and I commend your facility and faculty for honoring students, like myself, to administer major steps to excel and achieve our quest in life. Thank you, Coursera.

By Hou T L

Feb 23, 2021

I am so grateful that I could take this course during the time that I could not be in the equestrian center. The course of Equine Welfare and Management taught me a lot of new knowledge about how to determine the horse's state by using the scientific way. Usually, coaches in the equestrian center would use their experiences to define the horse's state, but it is not correct all the time so knowing another way of determining the horse's state by using the scientific way will help me a lot. In addition, this course helped me start thinking about whether the equestrian center, where my horse lives, is safe enough. It makes me care more about the safety of horses. Therefore, I learned much basic knowledge of animal health care in this course and I really want to say thank you to all of the people who decided to make this course.

By Heidi G

Dec 5, 2022

Excelllent amount of knowledge gained in a short space of time. Great to be taught by a vet who teaches at a major equine centre. Would highly recommend. Outstanding value for money.

My only minor criticism would be that you really need to spend quite a few more hours a week than advertised to get the most out of this course if you wish to retain most of the information. Also the multiple choice questions could occasionally be just a matter of semantics and could be rephrased in more concise use of the English language. Over all a highly motivating, enjoyable course with high quality content. Amazing effort, and I convey my gratitude to Claudia Saunders and all involved. Many thanks for helping us to help the horses.

By Joanne d L

Dec 25, 2020

Dr. Claudia was a great help in refreshing my knowledge regarding equine management and welfare. I have learned a lot from this course. The topics included physiology, anatomy of the horse, basic freedoms, management when it comes to stressed and fearful horses as well as many more! The quizzes were a good assessment of skills one has learned during the course. I have enjoyed it especially since I am a veterinary medicine student here in the Philippines and that horses here are not that common. Thank you so much. You wont regret enrolling in this course!

By Daniela D C

Jul 9, 2019

Thanks to this course I learned many tips and knowledge of equine management that will allow me from now on to improve my work at the time of living with these incredible animals, in order to give them the best possible welfare and also improve the physical and mental safety of horses and people, the course also helped me to become more aware of all the parameters that must be taken to give horses the best possible life and thus create a link between human and animal, i'd really enyoyed this course tjank you

By Bev H

May 9, 2020

I am very new to horses and do not own my own horse however after seeing a link to coursera and finding this course was available I felt it would be a worthwhile use of my time during the Coronavirus lockdown. Each lesson took me longer than the video time as I would pause to write notes however the presentation of the course was good and the content was clear. I would definitely do another coursera course - but think I should do a spot of housework first!!!

By Ellen O

Sep 26, 2023

Throughout the course, I gained a wealth of knowledge about the basic needs of equines, how to care for their well-being, and how to establish a closer and healthier relationship with these magnificent animals. The course's teaching method was exceptional, and the way the content was presented made learning accessible and engaging. The provided resources, such as instructional videos and reading materials, were very helpful in deepening my understanding.

By Josie M R

Apr 19, 2020

As a Canadian student, I found this course to be very compatible with the Equestrian Canada Stable Management certification. It has information that I would grade as intermediate in level, but delivered in such a way that it is very accessible to beginners. It provides a very solid entry into education about Equines as a species, their care, and role in the world. The delivery method is also very accommodating to different learning styles.

By Ploy T K

Feb 24, 2021

As a horse rider and livery holder, I highly recommend this course. Dr Claudia is very knowledgeable about equine welfare and UC Davis is probably one of the best veterinary colleges in the US. The way the course was structured allowed me to study at my own pace. The teaching materials whether it be videos, documents and tests are very useful and you can go back and reread them anytime after completing the course.

By Juan P M A

Apr 19, 2021

It is the best course about equids, we learned about anatomy, care, management, behavior, and behavior problems and management, common diseases and illnesses.

If you are a horse lover, or you want to specialize in this field, this is the best course.

Additionally, it's by the University of California, Davis, ranked like the best veterinary college in the U.S

Juan Pablo Moreno / Future Veterinarian

By Anita J

Jun 29, 2021

Excellent horse course for anyone who has never worked with horses or are just starting out. Is a very good course for aspiring veterinarians to get close to the physiology and behaviours of equines! I also recommend this course for students that are looking for gaining experience at a horse stable, gaining experience from this course will help you with your volunteering.

By Raquel G F

Jul 22, 2020

This was an interesting course that covered a lot of topics in the horse industry. It's great for people who have been around horses a long time already or total beginners. I have had horses for years but still learned a ton from this course (mostly learned more about anatomy, diets, hoof and dental care.)