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post #1 of 10 Old 11-04-2013, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Online Equine Courses

Thinking of maybe doing a few online equine courses to get some more knowledge and brush up on what I already know.Any recommendations on whom to go with?
I think The University of Guelph's program looks good,and I like that they're based out of Canada,which is where am,but I don't like the fact that they only offer certain courses at certain times,and that there are strict guidelines on when the courses have to be completed.
Horse Courses Online also looks promising.They have a large selection of courses to choose from,and no deadline.
If you have experience with either of these programs,or know of another,let me know!
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-04-2013, 10:03 PM
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Posting to subscribe. I would love to take horse classes but do not have the time to do it in person and haven't found anything online.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-04-2013, 10:36 PM
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It would be cheaper just to buy a book and read it. Most barns value hands on knowledge way more than formal schooling, and I doubt a barn would take an online equine degree seriously.
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-04-2013, 10:41 PM
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I was researching this last night! Most online courses are basically - learn things you already know but pay money. Well, the ones I saw anyway, because they were unaccredited universities.

However, I don't have any equine universities near me (I live out of states) and it's what I want to do, so I would like to do some courses if anything. I would sub to this if I knew how :p
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-04-2013, 10:56 PM
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There a loads of free courses offered from actual brick and mortar schools offered through systems like Coursera and others. I don't imagine there are many that have to do with equines, but it might be worth looking at to see if there's anything of interest to you.
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It would be cheaper just to buy a book and read it. Most barns value hands on knowledge way more than formal schooling, and I doubt a barn would take an online equine degree seriously.
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I get what you're saying,but for some of us,we do not have the opportunity,or any way to get employed at a place,or be in a situation, that will give us hands on training,and hence,hands on knowledge;say in a certain area that we want to gain knowledge and training in.Some things can be self taught,but there's other things that it would be better to have teaching in to learn to do it the right way.These courses I am looking into are taught by accredited,experienced,and knowledgeable instructors,include hands on assignments,and give guidance on how to learn to do these things the right way. I'm not looking to do it just to get a diploma/degree/certificate (although I do know of barns that have hired an individual over another because they had 'the piece of paper'),but because there are certain things I want to learn more about,and learn it properly,not by trial and error,and stumbling around not knowing what I'm doing... If that makes any sense
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For those who subscribed to get some ideas as well,another one I found is called My Horse University,an online equine education program that's part of Michigan State University.It sounds pretty decent,and the pricing is much more reasonable then some I've seen!
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Having a child still at University helps at times when I want find things out in connection with Universities

MOOC was what I was looking for (cousera is just one)

Check MOOC for online courses that are free.

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post #9 of 10 Old 11-05-2013, 01:55 AM
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To be honest, I think so much of horses is "feel" and experience, things that can never really be taught online.

There is so much information accessible online and in affordable books that I think a lot of things learned in an online course could easily be learned on your own.

If the course is free or quite cheap I'd give it a go, otherwise I wouldn't.

Overall, I've been disappointed with online learning, I get so much more from in person courses there is almost no comparison.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-05-2013, 02:39 AM
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There is a thread somewhere on HF regarding the free on-line equine nutrition course at Edinburgh University. Several members took it earlier this year and it seemed to get good reviews. The next one starts on 27th January 2014.
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