Equine Behaviour and Psychology – Diploma

As well as an enjoyable course, this is designed to be a serious introduction into the fascinating subject of equine behaviour. Obviously the subject matter is huge and it would be impossible to cover it all in a course of this size, but if you have never studied psychology before this is a good place to start.


Course Modules:

  • Sexual behaviour within a herd
  • The effects of hormones on the male and female horse
  • Reproductive anatomy and physiology
  • The behaviour of the mare in season
  • The effects of gelding a horse
  • Courtship and mating
  • Pregnancy and foaling

  • The differences between altricial and precocial species at birth
  • The first few hours of a foal’s life
  • Critical and sensitive periods
  • Imprinting and imprint training
  • Social communication between horses
  • The importance of play for a young horse
  • Weaning of foals and separation from the mare
  • Learning, and classical and operant conditioning
  • The principles of reinforcement and the way horses learn
  • Habituation
  • The shaping of behaviour using successive approximation

  • Evolution of the breeds of horse, and the differences between artificial and natural selection
  • The equine senses, and their impact upon the behaviour of the horse and its survival
  • Sexual, psychological and physical maturity and the normal development
  • The development of social behaviour, and aggressive behaviour
  • Herd behaviour and the hierarchy within a herd
  • The elderly horse and behavioural changes

  • What is normal, and what is abnormal in terms of behaviour?
  • Maladaptive learning
  • The causes of stereotypical behaviour
  • Physical problems that can alter behaviour
  • Vacuum activities and fixed-action patterns of behaviour
  • Self-mutilation
  • Aggressive behaviour and the possible causes
  • Anomalous reactivity and learned helplessness
  • Latent learning
  • Escape and avoidance learning

  • Determining the cause of problem behaviour
  • Buying a horse and vetting it
  • Stress in horses and how to reduce it
  • The management of horses in line with natural equine behaviour
  • The traditional methods of stopping stereotypical behaviour
  • Artificial gadgets used in horse training
  • Alternative methods of dealing with problem behaviour
  • Shaping of behaviour, including the use of clicker training
  • Feeding to avoid problem behaviour


Course Details:

Study Level 3

The study Level relates to the how demanding the course is. 1 is beginner and 5 is HND / Foundation Degree level.

6 Module Course

This course is delivered in 6 study modules which need to be passed to gain the qualification.

Fees: Including VAT

Course fee – R9570 (includes registration and 6 modules)


Pay as you learn option – R1750 registration (once off) and R1430 per module.

Pay as you learn optionPay for one module


Please note that a delivery fee will be applicable for all orders that include a hard copy.

Product price: R9,570.00
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