Equine Science/Animal Welfare Classes

and Homeschool Courses

                                                (Ocean Grove approved vendor)

*If these classes don't meet your needs or availability, please contact me to customize a course just for the needs of you or your group.

 

The off-mounted (non-riding) courses offer a great introduction to horses and their behavior. These classes are not about how to ride, but about the science of horses. All subject matter covered is evidenced-based and peer-reviewed. Animal welfare and stewardship issues will be discussed and debated which requires deep, critical thinking about the choices we make with animals and what we ask of them. If age and interest are appropriate, we will cover scientific investigation and hypothesis testing. I do my best to create an environment of observation, inquiry, and discussion to facilitate deep learning. Learning from one another and collaborating on projects such as creating scientific posters and designing training protocols, deepens and broadens the experience. Additional topics might include the horse in art, culture, history, and myth, depending on interest.

 

As a facilitator of a social-emotional program in schools, I include empathy work in my teaching. Working with horses on the ground and in the saddle helps to develop character, patience, and perseverance and helps to build confidence and self-esteem.

 

A sampling of topics covered:

  • Equine communication

  • Equine learning/learning theory

  • Optimal welfare

  • Ethology and behavior problems

  • Nutrition and digestive system

  • Grooming and tacking

  • Breeds, colors, conformation

  • Common illnesses and diseases

 

 

 

 

 

Equine Welfare, Learning, and Behavior 

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Ages 11 and up

A non-riding 10 week course that meets one hour per week. This class focuses on how understanding equine behavior and learning processes can lead to improved welfare for all. We will discuss the history of animal welfare, current issues in equine welfare, ethology, learning theory, and how we can improve as horse caretakers. This is a discussion based course with much critical thinking and some research and debate.  Readings, prompts, and videos will be used in and out of class.

 

Horsemanship 101          

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Ages 9 and up

(Recommended for those new to horses)

A non-riding 10 week course that meets one hour per week. The course covers a variety of topics including: behavior, conformation, welfare, grooming, management, breeds, tack, and riding disciplines. The classes have a fluid structure, involve critical thinking, and question and answer. Readings, prompts, videos, models and equipment will be used for learning.

 

 

Horses A to Z        

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Ages 11 and up

(Recommended for those with some experience and for current horse owners)

A non-riding 10 week course that meets one hour per week. The course builds on topics in the 101 course and more. We will go deeper in to the latest research and introduce some concepts from the welfare, learning and behavior course. If you have little or no horse experience, it is recommended to take the 101class first. Readings, prompts, videos, and equipment will be used for learning.

Animal Welfare, Learning, and Behavior

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Ages 11 and up

This 10 week class will discuss welfare for animals used for entertainment, food, science, and companions. We will discuss learning theory ( operant/classical conditioning, habituation etc) and apply it to dogs, cats and horses since we interact with those species frequently. General and specific animal ethology and captive behavior will be discussed. Human psychology and behavior change will be introduced.

Options to go deeper:

- the group can work with behavior change models and problem solve on a local level

- the group can run a scientific study

- the group can create behavior change protocols for their own pets and test them

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