Equine Welfare – Canada’s Code
Taking on the care or ownership responsibilities of a horse (or donkey) is a serious and challenging undertaking. It is important for the health and well-being of the animal to ensure that basic industry standards are followed by all of us in the horse industry. And we need to ensure that have the knowledge and skills to do so.
Based on the National Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines, this course considers the care and management of horses in terms of the Five Freedoms of animal welfare:
- Freedom from Hunger
- Freedom from Discomfort
- Freedom from Pain and Injury
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
- Freedom from Fear and Distress
The main objective of this course is to help all horse owners and caretakers develop the knowledge on horse care as well as specific information on Requirements and Recommended Practices presented in the Canadian “Equine Code”.
Upon completion of this short course, you will have developed a full understanding of the obligations of horse owners and caregivers as outlined in the Code along with minimal requirements and recommended practices for horse care and handling that are in a part of the “Equine Code”. While this document primarily focuses on horses, donkeys and mules are also covered in this document as there are some important differences. .
The assessment will be through online quizzes (one for each week). Quizzes are multiple choice or True/False format and based on the Code.
- Occurs over a 3-week period
- 10 – 15 hour time commitment is required during this period
- No set times to be online each week
- Recommended you visit the course site at least 5 times a week, preferably once or more each day
- All materials are provided online within course site
- 16 years of age or older
Course Schedule – Canada’s Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses
The Code of Practice course is structured over 3 weeks. Each day (Monday through Friday), you will have different learning activities provided to you. Each section of the Code will be covered, supported by the various learning activities and discussions, requiring about 1 to 2 hours per day (required times may vary between students).
Unit 1 (Day One – Monday) – Introduction to the Course and the Code of Practice
Unit 2 (Day Two – Tuesday) – Duty of Care
Unit 3 (Day Three – Wednesday ) – Facilities and Housing
Unit 4 (Day Four – Thursday) – Facilities and Housing (cont’d)
Unit 5 (Day Five – Friday) – Feed and Water
Unit 6 (Day Six – Monday) – Health Management
Unit 7 (Day Seven – Tuesday) – Health Management (cont’d)
Unit 8 (Day Eight – Wednesday) – Husbandry Practices
Unit 9 (Day Nine – Thursday) – Reproductive Management
Unit 10 (Day Ten – Friday) – Transportation
Unit 11 (Day Eleven –Monday) – Euthanasia
Unit 12 (Day Twelve – Tuesday) – Finishing up!
Unit 13 (Day Thirteen – Wednesday) – What’s Next?
Do you own a horse? Thinking about buying a horse? Want to learn more about horse welfare? This this course is for you! Taking on the care or ownership responsibilities of a horse (or donkey) is a serious and challenging undertaking. It is important for the health and well-being of the animal to ensure that basic industry standards are followed by all of us in the equine industry. And we need to ensure that we have the knowledge and skills to do so. The “Equine Welfare Code of Practice” is a short course offered online by Equine Guelph in a unique Canadian partnership with each of the provincial equestrian federations. Equestrian Canada is also a training partner and this course has been accepted for CP credits for the coaching program. This course is directed at individuals that are new to the horse industry and all individuals that would like to know more about the Code of Practice for horses, as part of their on-going personal or professional development. It can also be helpful to horse owners and facility owners beyond Canada who are looking to learn more about horse care and welfare or about the national standards developed in Canada. It is based on the national document, entitled, The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines. Download this from the link provided below. You will be responsible for reading sections of the Code as you proceed through the program. This is a three-week online course A facilitator/instructor will help guide you through the course materials. How Does this Course Work? After joining our learning community, you will get to know your instructor and the other students taking this course. Over the next three weeks, you will be given specific learning activities that may include videos, audio, slide presentations, reading assignments, and quizzes. You will interact via the discussion boards with your instructor and other students to enhance your learning experience. Course Resources: http://www.equineguelph.ca/Tools/code_of_practice.php https://www.nfacc.ca/pdfs/codes/equine_code_of_practice.pdf http://www.equineguelph.ca/