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Equine Psychology Diploma Course

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This comprehensive and insightful course will teach you everything that you need to know about horse behaviour and how horses learn. If you allow it, this course will dramatically change how you perceive, interact, manage and train horses.

This course was created using our expert writer’s professional experience, of over 16 years of horse training and the most up-to-date scientific research. The sciences used to create this course includes:

  • Ethology (the study of natural behaviour)
  • Psychology (the study of the mind and it’s functions)
  • Neuroscience (the study of the structure and function of the nervous system and brain)
  • Biology (the study of physiology and anatomy)

This course is aimed at those that either have or look after horses, or those who would like to learn more about the behavior of these wonderful animals and how they learn.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Equine Psychology Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is accredited by the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Module 1: Evolution of the Horse and Behaviour

  1. Evolution and domestication
  2. Why the horse looks like he does?
  3. Why horses live in groups?
  4. Who is in the group?
  5. Hierarchy and dominance
  6. The key needs of the horse
  7. Assessment questions

Module 2: Communication

  1. Vocalisation
  2. Ears positions
  3. Tails positions
  4. Noses and mouths
  5. Defensive and aggressive body language
  6. Assessment questions

Module 3: Reproduction and Stallion Behaviour

  1. Harem maintenance
  2. Courting and mating
  3. Breeding in the domestic environment
  4. Stallion behaviour towards other horses
  5. Assessment questions

Module 4: Behaviour of the Young Horse

  1. Life before birth
  2. Birth and early development behaviour
  3. Bonding
  4. Weaning
  5. Educating the young horse
  6. Assessment questions

Module 5: Learning Theory

  1. Habituation, desensitisation and sensitisation
  2. Operant conditioning
  3. Natural vs contrived negative reinforcement
  4. Reinforcement schedules
  5. Classical conditioning
  6. Extinction
  7. Aversive-based training
  8. Appetitive-based training
  9. Analysing a training scenario using science
  10. Considering other forms of learning
  11. Emotions
  12. Assessment questions

Module 6: Horse/human Relationship

  1. Enhancing horse/human relationship
  2. Changing the way we interact with horses
  3. Anthropomorphism and speciesism
  4. Communication through symbols
  5. Assessment questions

Module 7: Equine Behaviour in the Managed Environment

  1. Welfare of the domesticated horse
  2. Abnormal behaviours
  3. Enriching the life and meeting the needs of the domesticated horse
  4. Assessment questions

Module 8: Training Horses Using Humane, Science-based Methods

  1. The handler toolbox
  2. Techniques to obtain desired behaviours
  3. Training sessions
  4. Reinforce your horse
  5. Putting a behaviour on cue
  6. Generalising behaviours
  7. Shaping behaviours
  8. How to teach your horse to target with his nose
  9. How to teach “the rules of the game” to your horse
  10. How to teach your horse to back up
  11. How to teach your horse to move his shoulders and hips
  12. How to teach your horse to walk over something
  13. How to teach your easily spooked horse to relax
  14. How to help your horse overcome separation anxiety
  15. How to get your horse cooperation for medical care
  16. Assessment questions
  • Resources
  • Index

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


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