Horse Behavior and Welfare Online Course


The online course, Horse Behavior and Welfare, includes an explanation of equine welfare and describes how it relates to horse management. Participants will discover a wealth of resources for learning about horse behavior. Horse enthusiasts of all levels can benefit from this course. Specific topics include:

  • Horse senses
  • Horse body language
  • How a horse learns
  • Key factors for the foundation of training
  • Stereotypic behaviors
  • Managing vices (stereotypic behaviors)
  • The definition of horse welfare
  • How to assess horse welfare

Each lesson consists of an overview, informative topics including pictures and short video clips, as well as optional activities. Some activities include exercises you can complete by working with your own horse or observing other horses!


Horse owners.


MSU Extension and Department of Animal Sciences.

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