Given the hands-on nature of the field, very few schools offer entire equine science programs via distance learning. However, a few schools offer hybrid bachelor's or master's degrees online. Online equine science courses often include material presented in videos, slide shows, audio recordings, lecture notes and readings. Students are often expected to take quizzes as well.
Schools offering online courses may recommend that students attend on-site demonstrations and participate in field trips. Some courses may require hands-on activities that can be completed on campus or remotely.
Online Equine Science Courses
Review descriptions for some common online equine science course offerings below.
- Horse Behavior Course: In this course, students explore the meaning behind different horse behaviors, like tail movements or eating habits. This course may also cover training techniques, like reinforcement and the positive reward system, and students learn how to more effectively interact with horses.
- Equine Management Course: Horse management courses may be broad or limited in scope. Depending on the school, some of these courses cover everything from equine anatomy and physiology to everyday horse care. Classes with a more limited focus may only explore specific topics, like managing stallions or horse management laws.
- Equine Nutrition Course: Horses have very specific nutritional requirements and unique eating habits. They also have delicate digestive systems that require nutritional supplements in addition to daily feed. This course covers the equine digestive system and teaches students how to calculate feeding times based on weight and other factors that affect the horse's feeding schedule and volume.
- Equine Diseases Course: This course explores the causes and symptoms of several common diseases associated with horses, along with how they affect horse physiology, their origins and how they are treated. Common diseases or disorders covered include lameness, colic and sole bruising, among others.
- Equine Selection Course: Students in this course learn how to choose horses for specific purposes, like dressage. They're taught how to evaluate a horse's body, markings and muscle movements.
- Coat Color Genetics Course: Students in this course learn how to make statistical predictions for a foal's coat color based on the genetic makeup of its parents. Students learn how to use Punnett Squares to predict gene combinations and examine how Tobiano and Overo genes affect color patterns.