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The connection between humans and horses goes way back to ancient times. While machines have replaced horses in many practical roles, these animals still hold a special place in our hearts.

Caring for them can be challenging, as understanding their behaviour requires expertise. Interested in working with horses or animals as a career? Here’s why an Equine Psychology Course is the best route.

Working with Horses: Why You Need to Understand Their Behaviour

Working with horses, whether as a trainer, stable hand, or equine therapist, demands a keen understanding of their behaviour.  Recognising signs that something is off is essential.

In animal-assisted therapy, for instance, behavioural issues are examined to find the root cause. Techniques like operant conditioning, involving rewards for good behaviour or discouragement for an unwanted behaviour, are often used.

It's all about reading the horse's body language, a crucial skill since horses can't verbally communicate their issues. This knowledge is especially important in areas like stud farming, where understanding reproductive behaviour is key.

Read more: How to Become an Animal-Assisted Therapist with Online Study

What Do You Learn In an Online Horse Care Course? 

The course content on offer when enrolling in an OCA horse care course online is in-depth and comprehensive, giving you everything you need for professional development in the sector. Amongst the equine behaviour and psychology topics covered, you’ll learn:

  • An introduction to equine psychology
  • Equine communicative behaviour
  • Reproduction & stallion behaviour
  • Behaviour of ponies and foals
  • Human-horse relationships
  • Equine environmental & social behaviour
  • Equine locomotive behaviour
  • Unusual & problematic behaviour

Upon completing a course in horse care & equine psychology, you’ll understand the fundamentals that will serve you well throughout your career.

Benefits of Studying Equine Psychology Online

Gone are the days when specific courses were out of reach due to distance. Online equine psychology courses offer flexibility and a host of benefits:

  • Learn at Your Own Pace: No rush. Take your time on complex topics and breeze through the ones you grasp quickly.
  • Personal Mentor Support: Got questions? Your mentor, an industry expert, is there for guidance, along with round-the-clock tutorial support.
  • Engaging Video Modules: Move beyond textbooks. Our video modules make learning as engaging as watching your favourite online videos.
  • Earn CPD Points: Boost your resume with CPD points, one for every hour of learning.
  • Affordable: We offer competitive pricing and easy payment plans without hidden costs.

And the best part? There are no prerequisites. If you're keen to learn and have access to a smartphone, laptop, or tablet, you're set to start your journey in equine psychology with OCA.

Read more: Can I Work In Animal Care Without A Degree?

Kickstart Your Equine Career with OCA's Online Horse Psychology Course

Dreaming of a career in horse behaviour? Our CPD-endorsed, video-based courses at OCA are just what you need. 

Our Horse Care & Equine Psychology Course is designed to be flexible, allowing you to learn at your own pace with content that's developed in collaboration with top professionals in the equine field.

You'll enjoy an interactive learning experience, complete with one-to-one mentoring from industry experts.

Want to find out what it’s like to study at Online Courses Australia? Watch our Student Study Demo to get a taste of the OCA difference.  

Looking for more courses? Check out our most popular courses, or visit our expansive course library that covers more than 20 professional industries.

If you’re ready to enrol or have additional questions, reach out to us at 1300 611 404 or [email protected]. We’re here to help you take your career to the next level! 

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