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University of California, Davis

Equine Welfare and Management

University of California, Davis via Coursera


This unique course was developed by veterinarians at the world-renowned University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The course will address horsemanship from a welfare perspective, within the context of “The Five Freedoms” of animal welfare. We’ll explore equine physiology, behavior and basic needs including housing, nutrition, hygiene and disease management. You’ll learn how to perform basic tasks to assess the overall condition of the horse and identify problem areas. We’ll also examine the specialized needs of the equine athlete and the major responsibilities we as owners, handlers or competitors must assume in order to ensure the health and welfare of our equine companions. Finally, we’ll look several special topics in equine welfare including disaster planning and the international welfare efforts now in place to protect working horses and other equids in key industries such as racing, international competition, tourism and even mining. By the conclusion of the course, you will be well equipped to develop a comprehensive welfare plan for any horses in your care.

Taught by

Claudia Sonder, DVM


3.7 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Good Course - Needs to be reviewed by an equine specialist and updated - especially the hydration of horses after exercise. (Since the course was created - Research has changed and you are not supposed to withhold water after exercise).
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    Halli Brainard
    This went over the basics extremely well, and I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested. I learned a lot and my personal growth defiantly was expanded from this.


    Excellent course for a Veterinarian, Equitation Scientist, Equestrian to have a good vision and in deph understanding of the science with lots of leads to be sprout out with.
    Navindra Amaranath.

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