Horse Behaviour & Safety
Welcome to Equine Guelph’s Horse Behaviour and Safety 3 week online course.
In this course you will be given the tools to take action to create a safe environment for you and your horse by;
- Gaining an understanding of horse behaviour
- Learning smart, practical horse handling skills
- Reducing physical risks on your horse’s farm
Information presented is applicable to all sectors of the horse industry. Increasing knowledge of best safety practices stands to benefit the horse industry by reducing the risk of injuries. You will also learn to identify safety and fire risks around the farm to allow a safer environment for you and your horse.
- Horse Behaviour – Wild vs Stabled
- How Horses See and Hear
- Herd Behaviour – How Horses Interact with Each Other
- Horse Handling – Basic Safety Around Horses
- Rider/Helmet Safety
- Safe Trailering – Basics
- Fire Safety
- Safety around the Barn and Paddocks
- Returning from an Injury
This course may be of interest for:
- All coaches, stable managers and instructors to learn best practices for safety
- All youth leaders in order to consistently promote safety standards for your students
- Association and policy development leaders to ensure high safety standards are being upheld in your programs.
- New horse owners, or those who are thinking of getting a horse and want to learn more
In this course you will learn to:
- Understand horse behaviour and how to speak their language
- Learn smart, practical horse handling skills
- Reduce physical risks on your horse’s farm
Even people who are experienced with horses can be injured by them. In doing activities that require close contact with horses we suggest you use great care and if you are unfamiliar with horses we recommend you work closely with someone who is an experienced and safe horse handler.
You are required to complete the assignments to receive your certificate of completion but assignments are not graded.
Part A: Horse Handling Factsheet
The first part of your assignment is to create a horse handling factsheet that could be posted in a barn. Please pick one skill and describe how to do it safely. Please limit it to one letter sized page (single sided). The font size can be large and we recommend using a numbered or bullet point list. You want it to be easy for people to read if posted on a bulletin board in a stable.
Suggestions for topics (but please feel free to pick one that isn’t listed):
- Approaching a horse in a field or in a stall
- Taking a horse out of the field through a gate
- Putting on a halter
- Leading a horse
- Taking off a halter and releasing a horse in a stall or field
- Tying a horse or using cross-ties
- Basic grooming
- Blanketing a horse
Background information for this assignment will be covered throughout the course.
Part B: Fire Prevention Inspection of a Stable
The second part of your assignment is a fire prevention inspection of your stable (or a stable that you have access to).
Print the Fire Safety Checklist (pdf) and spend some time in your stable. (note: pdf is not “checkable”)
Please address each checkbox on the list. Include a summary of your areas of concern and how you plan to make improvements.
- Occurs over a 3-week period
- 10-15 hour/week 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
- Course is entirely online, so travel to the University of Guelph is NOT required
- All materials are provided online within course site
- 16 years of age or older
For more information, please contact Susan Raymond
Phone: 519 824-4120, ext. 54230
Email: [email protected]
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Equine Guelph – the horse owner’s Centre at the University of Guelph.
Dr. Rebecca Gimenez
A volunteer firefighter in Gray, GA, Rebecca is doing R&D work with University of Edinburgh (UK), EKU (KY) and several veterinary schools. An internationally sought speaker and instructor, she edited the only textbook available to the fire service and veterinarians on technical rescue of large animals.
Rebecca holds a BS (Wofford College) and PhD (Clemson University). Current scientific research interests include a national survey of trailer accident causality and a study of physiological responses to Technical Rescue procedures and equipment in large animals. A past Logistics Officer for FEMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT -2), decorated combat veteran and a Major in the US Army Reserves, she is active in various organizations related to disaster preparedness. She gives training worldwide in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue techniques, using privately owned animals that she trains for hands-on demonstrations to perform without sedation. She has published numerous critiques, techniques and journal articles on the subject of technical large animal emergency rescue.