Intermediate Equine Psychology

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Accredited by LASER (formally known as the Open College Network South East Region)

(12 credits at Level 2)

This intermediate course in equine psychology builds on the foundations laid down in the Introductory course. As at Level 1, the course work involves a dynamic and exciting blend of academic study alongside practical fieldwork and observation.

It will be of interest to anyone involved with horses and their care from owners to animal sanctuary volunteers to those wishing to pursue a career in horses. It also provides a solid basis for further study of the subject at advanced levels.

UNIT 1 - The horse sense: sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste

UNIT 2 - How intelligent are horses? What is intelligence, the horses brain, old and new ideas, intelligence testing, relativity of intelligence, looking at human attitudes

UNIT 3 - How horses learn: classical vs operant conditioning, positive and negative reinforcement, negative reinforcement vs punishment

UNIT 4 - Common behavioural problems: biting, bolting, bucking, raring, napping, spooking, difficulty catching, trailer problems, bad behaviour with vet, farrier or dentist.

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