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Advanced Equine Training

(15 credits)

The Advanced Equine Training program provides an innovative, in-depth study of equine training and behavior, building on the skills learned in the specialized certificate in Equine Behavior & Management. Students go far beyond training; you will learn how to incorporate principles of behavioral science to identify training goals and to develop and evaluate training programs. We will tackle equine behavioral problems in a variety of settings; students are encouraged to share their personal training challenges as well. 

Outcomes

​Your training will allow you to:

  • Maximize the welfare of horses through the development of a low-stress, ongoing training program.

  • Prepare horses for professional showing, including items related to transportation, behavior and physical appearance.

  • Create a detailed mission statement for your business, establishing your intent and developing specific, measurable goals.

  • Write behavioral modification plans incorporating the use of a conditioned reinforcer.

Program

These outcomes are in addition to the goals of the Equine Behavior & Management program. The certificate in Advanced Equine Training requires the completion of the three required classes for the specialized certificate in Equine Behavior & Management plus two additional classes for a total of five courses (15 academic credits). There is also a field requirement consisting of 40 hours of hands-on experience as an employee, intern or volunteer at an institution of your choice.​

Please note that students in the Advanced Equine Training program do not need to complete the field requirement more than once; the field hours used for the Equine Behavior & Management specialized certificate can also be used to satisfy the field requirement for the Advanced Equine Training certificate.

Choose one elective:​

  1. ABI 222 Animal Enrichment

  2. ABI 232 The Human-Animal Bond

  3. ABI 261 Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies

  4. ABI 327 Equine Business Management

Courses

​Required courses:

  1. ABI 127 Equine Minds & Emotions

  2. ABI 237 Equine Behavior

  3. ABI 267 Equine Training

  4. ABI 317 Equine Health & Nutrition

Careers

Upon graduation, students may begin using the designation CAETP, Certified Advanced Equine Training Professional. Many of our graduates start their own businesses after obtaining their certificate, working as independent trainers and behavioral consultants. Other graduates find work at riding stables, training facilities, or equestrian centers.

 

The outlook for professionals in animal care and service, which includes equine trainers, is very positive. Employment in these areas is expected to grow 11% over the next decade, faster than the average for all occupations. Salaries vary greatly based on the specific field or employer. For example, independent animal trainers may work for $20-50/hour or more. Animal care staff working in other fields may earn considerably less.

Our Approach

Students at the Animal Behavior Institute participate in a highly interactive online classroom, engaging in regular dialog with their professors and student colleagues. You'll receive feedback each week, completing collaborative projects while working with your own animals. This collaboration, coupled with the weekly mentoring each student receives from their instructors, ensures that you will receive a very personal education.

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