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post #1 of 6 Old 01-24-2009, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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online horse courses

Not really sure if this could go under training, so I put it here. What are your opinions of online horse courses? Has anyone here taken any? Do you think they are beneficial, or a waste of time and money (scam)?

I have done some google searches and I find several online courses for becoming a certified trainer or horse whatever, and they have testimonials on their site, but I consider that biased. I have not really been able to find any blogs or anything talking about them for people to express any negative or positive thoughts. So I figured I would ask the real horse people who are not getting paid for their opinion

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-24-2009, 09:04 PM
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I saw those. Not sure how well it would work and all.Usually though, if you take classes there, the credits don't transfer to other colleges.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-24-2009, 09:58 PM
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Im guessing you are american, so go to the USDF website, and they have a section called education > university with a list of college courses that can be done online or externally. The courses all come from proper colleges, and if you are a USDF memeber they also count towards the USDF University program.
They arent coaching courses and they also dont leave you with a full diploma, but if you wanted to do a diploma Im sure the credits would count.

Im considering an Australian course called Cert 3 in horse management (performance horse) that is online, because I cant afford to go away to study. I want to go on to earn a diploma eventally but this should get me started.

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post #4 of 6 Old 01-24-2009, 10:41 PM
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I must say, I'm really thinking about taking one of those classes, it seems really cool and a lot better than the ones I had found.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-24-2009, 10:46 PM
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I'll be taking the Equine Studies courses from Equine Guelph. =]

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-24-2009, 10:50 PM
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Eh, I am not sure about doing them online. There are lots of things that you can only learn from hands-on experience with a qualified instructor. Doing things as described in a book and doing them for real are 2 very different things. You might be able to get a good basis for further education from one though.

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