About this Course
There are over 100 million horses, donkeys and mules in the world today and owners of these animals can be found on almost every continent and in almost every society. The Horse Course will cover many unique aspects of equine ownership and touch upon the science behind many of today’s management practices.
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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
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Approx. 21 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Introduction to The Horse Course

Welcome to Week 1 of The Horse Course! To start off the course, we will begin discussing what exactly an “equid” is. We will cover the many equine species inhabiting our globe. Next, we’ll jump into the history of horses and donkeys, touching upon how they have made such an impact on our own societal development. The second half of week 1 will cover the many breeds of horses and donkeys. We will finish up with a lecture on the equine hybrids....
Reading
7 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Introduction to the World’s Equids8m
Evolution of Horses and Donkeys10m
Roles of Horses and Donkeys in Human Development8m
Breeds of Horses15m
Breeds of Donkeys4m
The Hybrids7m
Reading1 readings
Week 110m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 1 Quiz20m

2

Section
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4 hours to complete

Basic Equine Physiology

This week will start out with covering some basic physiology. We will then advance into hoof anatomy and care. This will lead to spending a lecture discussing laminitis, a serious hoof condition in horses and other equids. The final two lectures will jump into the various coat colors and markings in horses....
Reading
10 videos (Total 108 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Basic Equine Physiology7m
Hoof Anatomy11m
Hoof Care13m
Laminitis12m
Coat Colors14m
Coat Markings10m
Equipment14m
Grooming13m
Week 2 Assignment Instructions - Aminal Description and Hoof Care Plan4m
Reading1 readings
Week 210m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 2 Quiz20m

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4 hours to complete

Equine Behavior and Training

The topics this week will focus on equid behavior and movement. Understanding how equids relate to their environment and communicate is critical to training and management. We will start this week by examining the basic equine senses and communication. Then we will discuss normal and abnormal behaviors and the basic psychology used in training. We will finish the week discussing the basic gaits and how these animals move....
Reading
8 videos (Total 92 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Equine Senses12m
How Horses and Donkeys Communicate16m
Typical Equine Behaviors10m
Abnormal Equine Behaviors16m
Basic Psychology in Training16m
Gaits11m
Week 3 Assignment Instructions - Training Plan5m
Reading1 readings
Week 310m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 3 Quiz20m

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4 hours to complete

Feeding Management

The topics this week will focus on equid nutrition. Understanding how and what to feed these animals is one of the most important aspects of basic care. We will start with digestive anatomy, how to evaluate your animal’s nutrient requirements, and then jump into feeding management. We will round out the week discussing colic and other nutritional disorders....
Reading
8 videos (Total 101 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Equine Digestive Anatomy12m
Evaluating Body Condition13m
Nutrient Requirements15m
Components of an Equine Diet16m
Pasture Management16m
Colic16m
Week 4 Assignment Instructions - Feeding Plan5m
Reading1 readings
Week 410m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz20m

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4 hours to complete

Maintaining Equine Health

The topics this week will focus on equine health. Monitoring and taking care of your animal’s health is critical to owning any equid. We will start off with the normal equine vital signs and then we will discuss administering first aid to your animals. We will then cover the different parasites and diseases that can afflict these animals. Finally, we will end the week discussing some common genetic disorders....
Reading
8 videos (Total 108 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Equine Vital Signs13m
First Aid16m
Internal Parasites16m
External Parasites9m
Equine Diseases23m
Equine Genetic Disorders16m
Week 5 Assignment Instructions - Health Management Plan6m
Reading1 readings
Week 510m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 5 Quiz20m

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3 hours to complete

Breeding Management

The topics this week will focus on equine reproduction. Breeding is an important component of the equine industry. We will start off this week with some basic anatomy, including what makes the equids unique. Then we will cover the estrous cycles of mares and jennies, followed by common breeding systems used throughout the world. After discussing unique aspects of equine pregnancy and parturition, we will finish out the week covering some management tips for taking care of the newborn foal....
Reading
8 videos (Total 115 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Equine Reproductive Anatomy - Female16m
Equine Reproductive Anatomy - Male10m
Estrous Cycle19m
Breeding Systems12m
Pregnancy17m
Parturition15m
Post Foaling Care15m
Reading1 readings
Week 610m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 6 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By JKFeb 8th 2017

I really enjoyed this course and learned a lot about maintaining horses. I would love to see more horse (nutrition and ethology for example) courses offered by the University of Florida!

By MTSep 28th 2016

I have done a equine anatomy and physiology course through Toces in England, and have found when comparing this short online course very insightfull. I would love to do more of these

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