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12-Week Online Courses

If you are responsible for a horse, it is important to stay current and always be open to learning! A pioneer in online equine education, Equine Guelph offers flexible programs for everyone.

In addition to our short courses available on The Horse Portal, we offer university-accredited, continuing education programs (12-week online courses), delivered through a partnership between Equine Guelph and the University of Guelph’s Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support.

What our students are saying!

The Equine Business Management course has given me the tools to start an equine business, with a solid understanding of the requirements and a business plan to use. Analyzing the costs beforehand, during operation, and projecting income really opened my eyes to what was needed to be successful and profitable. This course is so thorough in dissecting all the details – market research to financials to the human resources side. My focus during the course was on opening a boarding facility; I can use the principles I learned to open any type of equine venture.

Monica Laane-Fralick, Student

More of our wonderful student testimonials!

Individual Courses

Business Management/Science Courses

Advanced/Welfare Courses

Take one course or 19!  Whether you’re working towards completion of a certificate or diploma program or simply interested in taking a course that speaks to you, our 12-week online courses offer more in-depth study for the horse enthusiast and owner. The courses are offered three times a year: September, January and May. Enjoy flexibility and go online anytime, but expect to invest about 10 – 14 hours of time each week.

Certificate and Diploma Programs

Equine Studies Diploma

Requirements: 10 online courses including 6 core & 4 elective

Comprehensive course of study suitable for those interested in a career in the equine industry Will augment the resumes of those who have been in the industry Will provide a foundation for those just entering the industry.

Equine Science Certificate

Requirements: 6 online courses including 4 core & 2 elective

Designed to help you improve the management and welfare of horses in the industry Courses based on scientific research and are presented in a practical format, making it easy for you to directly apply what you have learned to the health and performance of your horse.

Equine Business Management Certificate

Requirements: 6 online courses including 5 core & 1 elective

For anyone interested in working in the business and management aspects of the equine industry You will learn the tools necessary to achieve your goal of a successful equine business.

Equine Welfare Certificate

Requirements: 6 online courses including 4 core & 2 elective

The Equine Welfare Certificate is offered by the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, Equine Guelph, and Open Learning and Educational Support, at the University of Guelph.  For those who wish to examine the science behind what is required to support sound management and welfare practices for horses in Canada and around the globe. The Equine Welfare Certificate will help you discover solutions to the behavior and health problems horses face because of our management practices.

Note: Equestrian Canada recognizes Equine Guelph courses as qualifying for credit on the Professional Development Grid for both Western and English Coaches.