About this course

This Equine Behaviour course will provide you with knowledge, and an understanding of how your horse thinks, behaves, and responds to training; plus demonstrations and explanations to help you learn basic, but nevertheless valuable, ground handling skills.

The Equine Behaviour course has been written by Viki Sheppard, a very experienced author, who has dedicated her life to understanding horses, and who on a daily basis, works with horses, both training them and dealing with specific behavioural issues.

However experienced you are, you will take so much from this course, and you will gain an insight into horses that you never before thought possible.

Who is this course suitable for?

Whether you are a horse owner, or just someone who wants to learn and understand the horse you ride, anyone with an interest will find this course of great value. It will help you to understand and handle your horses correctly and give you the skills required to approach problem behaviour in the correct way.

This course is fantastic value for money, with a large amount of content, videos, images, assessments, quizzes, and video demonstrations, and we are confident that you will thoroughly enjoy, and gain much knowledge from studying this course.

Course Snapshot

Understand where your horse's behaviour and instincts originate from.

Learn about how the feral horse behaves in his natural environment and how that impacts on the behaviour of a domestic horse.

Learn about the structure of the equine brain.

Understand your horses body language and learn to 'read' him

Discover how horses learn. Find out about habituation, positive and negative reinforcement (please note that this is the removal of a stimulus at the point of the behaviour change NOT creating a negative experience for the horse.)

Understanding the behaviour your horse exhibits. What do different behaviours mean?

Management - Are our horses exhibiting certain behaviours due to their environment?

Handling horses: learn simple but unbelievably effective techniques to make your horse easier to handle on the ground.

Meet the course author and tutor:

Viki Sheppard

The author, Viki Sheppard, has a wealth of experience having worked with a variety of horses, and has learnt from a wide range of horse behaviour experts from Pat Parelli, Bruce Logan, Ray Hunt, Mark Rashid, and Richard Maxwell to name a few. To find out more about Viki and the work she does, you can visit her website at www.beau-cheval.com

"People often refer to me as a ‘Horse Whisperer’ and I’ve even been called ‘Organic’, but whatever you like to call it, I think of it as working with the whole horse – mentally, emotionally, physically & spiritually. I work with an open mind, open heart and open hand with every horse I meet, whether it is to develop their ridden potential, resolve problematic behaviour or to rebuild a loss of confidence, which is also a common factor applicable to humans. It is essential that we understand how the horse learns and what makes him ‘tick’ in order to get the best from him and help him integrate more confidently into the human world and become your trusted partner.

Awareness paves the way for change."

Course Curriculum

  Welcome Pack
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  MODULE ONE: Evolution
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  MODULE TWO: The Feral horse versus the Domestic horse
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  MODULE THREE: Understanding the Equine Brain
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  MODULE FOUR: Understanding Body Language. 'Reading' your horse
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  MODULE FIVE: Understanding Behaviours
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  MODULE SIX: Management
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  MODULE SEVEN: Exploring Training processes and techniques
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  MODULE EIGHT: Ground Handling
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Philip Ions

"Studying the equine behaviour and psychology course was enjoyable but the real worth for me was in its practical application. Using the course ideas and techniques I've already made positive behavioural changes for 3 horse friends. Very happy with my improved skill set."

Grace Wallace

"I have really enjoyed taking this course as it really does give you a more insightful understanding of your horses' behaviours and helps you to see them in a light you may not have before. For me it has helped me to understand my horses’ quirks and combat any issues with a sympathetic and informed approach. In addition, my tutor has been very, very helpful in providing me contacts and reasoning behind behaviours that I may not thought of, as well as suggestions as to what I can look into further to ensure my horses are at their happiest and healthiest. I would really recommend this course to anyone who wants to understand your horse more, and it has also been really useful to help me prepare for my BHS exams- I can’t wait to do my next course!"

George Attard

"The Equine Behavior and Psychology course was very helpful to understand horses’ behavior in a very detailed way. This course has provided an explanation for a vast range of different behaviors that previously were misunderstood. The course was also very interactive as the audio and visual inserts were amazingly useful and explain a particular situation clearly that would not have been possible to be explain in words. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Equine Distance Learning staff for continuously being very supportive even when there were instances where I had to slow done a bit from the course due to other matters."

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You can choose to pay in full or in six monthly instalments

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now! As soon as you have enrolled you have access to the course and can start straight away. 

What happens after I have enrolled?

You will have immediate access to the course material and can begin to study the course straight away!

How does studying via distance learning work?

Once you have enrolled on the course, you can begin steadily working through the modules completing the learning activities as you progress. You work at your own pace fitting in your studies around your personal commitments. You then send your completed assessments to your tutor for marking and feedback.

How is the course examined?

You need to complete two assessments in order to pass this course. There is one online exam which you can take when you feel confident to do so and a written assessment which will will send to us for marking.

What happens if I have any questions about the course?

When you enrol on the course we will allocate you a tutor - you can contact your tutor as little or as often as you need to. If you have any questions at any stage we will be here to support you and offer guidance.

Are there any other costs associated with the course?

There are no further costs associated with this course - everything you need to pass the course is included in the fee you pay when you enrol.

What will I receive on successful completion of the course?

You will receive a Certificate from Equine Distance Learning.

Can international students study this course?

YES! All of our courses are designed to be studied anywhere in the world and we have many international students studying with us.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.