Horse Care Management
A fundamental key to success in the horse industry is having extensive knowledge of the horse. This Horse Care Management course will provide you with a comprehensive study of equine science and the practical application of these scientific concepts. The course consists of three basic horse care modules and an elective module in your choice of Equine Behavior or Horse Breeding. You will learn several facets of horse care and horse management, including daily care, handling techniques, and...
George Mason University
Details + Objectives
Course code: GES190
What you will learn
- Basic principles of equine husbandry practices.
- A broad knowledge of horse care for both the stabled horse and horse kept on grass.
- Proper management of the health and condition of horses in various situations and conditions.
- A deeper understanding of horse behavior as well as practical skills in properly handling and training horses.
- A practical knowledge of various aspects of horse breeding, as well as the importance of genetics and selective breeding.
How you will benefit
- A comprehensive understanding of horse care, horse management, and husbandry is key to starting a career in the horse industry.
- Cultivating a broad knowledge of horses will increase your level of success as a wrangler or horse caretaker
- Holding a certificate of completion increases your competitiveness in the horse industry job market.
How the course is taught
- Self-paced, online course
- 12 Months to complete
- Open enrollment, begin anytime
- 400 course hours
- Horse Care I: Equine Husbandry Basics
- Domestication/Development of the Horse
- Form to Function
- Definitions of Movement
- Teeth and Age Determination
- Feet & Hoof Care
- Horsemanship and Equitation
- Basic Handling of Horses
- Horse Care II: Equine Herd Health Management
- Review of Disease
- Normal Health Parameters & Signs of Disease
- Common Infectious Diseases
- Parasite Management
- Digestive System Disorders
- Miscellaneous Diseases
- Wound Management and First Aid
- Horse Management III: Equine Nutrition
- Review of the Horse's Digestive Anatomy & Physiology
- Review of the Basic Nutrients
- Animal Factors Affecting Nutrition
- Feed Factors Affecting Nutrition
- Feeding Factors Affecting Nutrition
- Feed-Induced Diseases
- Horse Training Principles (Option 1)
- Introduction to Equine Behavior
- Patterns of General Behavior
- Social Behavior
- Intelligence/Factors Affecting Learning
- Foundations in Horsemanship
- Principles of Training
- Horse Breeding (Option 2)
- Basic Principles in Selective Breeding
- Reproductive Physiology of the Mare
- Reproductive Physiology of the Stallion
- Breeding Management of the Mare
- Breeding Management of the Stallion
- Management of Pregnancy & Parturition
- Reproductive Failure
- Principles of Artificial Insemination & Embryo Transfer
Instructors & Support
Meg Anema holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science degree in Equine Reproductive Physiology from Colorado State University. Anema, a certified Career and Technical Education instructor, has taught courses in Equine Science, Animal Science, and Veterinary Science for over 10 years. She grew up training horses and has years of experience as a breeding farm manager, equine A.I. technician, and equine events coordinator.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 10 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Any word processing application (not included in enrollment).
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- All applications listed above must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
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This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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