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EQUUS Course 


Mooikrans Educational Institute is, from 2018, offering a specialised course in Equine care for our Equine students.

Australia Correspondence School (ACS) is an International correspondence school and offers an online course in Equine care.  On successful completion a certificate will be awarded. 

Students will reside at Mooikrans Education Institute, situated in Amersfoort, where they will recieve lessons and complete all practical assignments.

International Course breakdown

Study this equine behaviour course at home or online to understand the psychology of horses, for better management or effective training practices in horse improvement.




DURATION (Approx): 100 Hours

QUALIFICATION: Statement of attainment


Get a handle on horses!

Animal behaviour is becoming an increasingly recognised field as more and more people recognise the benefits of relating to animals. A good understanding of equine behaviour is fundamental to form a trusting relationship and strong human-horse bond.

Handling horses has its risks, and the value of understanding horse behaviour is becoming more and more apparent in the safety and wellbeing of both horses and humans. Traditional, more physical. methods of handling horses result in higher anxiety levels for both the horse and handler and a greater chance of injury.

We owe it to our domestic friends to understand their behaviour so we can continually try to improve the way that we keep them.

Understand Equine Behaviour

  • To manage horses better, as a rider, owner or trainer
  • Professional Development for anyone working with; or caring for horses
  • Follow your passion, work in the equine industry
  • Start studying anytime, work at your own pace

Understand and recognise what constitutes normal behaviour in your horse and learn to respond appropriately to abnormal behaviour. The study of equine behaviour provides a foundation for more sensitive and informed care and training of horses.

Lessons cover genetics, perception and behaviour, communication and social behaviour, sexual and reproductive behaviour, learning and training and behavioural problems.

Lesson Structure

Introduction: Influences and motivation

  • Why study equine behaviour?
  • What motivates behaviour?
  • Reactive behaviour
  • Active behaviour
  • Cognitive behaviour
  • Species behavioural differences
  • Learned behaviour
  • Classical conditioning
  • Stimulus conditioning
  • Trace conditioning
  • Delayed conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Terminology

Genetics and Behaviour

  • Understanding the basics
  • Heritability
  • Epigenesis
  • Innate behaviour
  • Selective pressures
  • Social behaviour
  • Rank
  • Conflict

Equine Perception and Behaviour

  • Imprinting
  • Negative imprinting
  • Sensory reception
  • Mechanoreceptors
  • Thermoreceptors
  • Chemoreceptors
  • Photoreceptors
  • Stimulus filtering

Communication and Social Behaviour

  • Social Constraints
  • Herd Membership
  • Auditory signals
  • Chemical signals
  • Communication
  • Co-ordination
  • Cohesion

Sexual and Reproductive Behaviour

  • Sexual encounter
  • Isolating mechanisms
  • Birthing behaviour
  • Foal imprinting
  • Maternal behaviour
  • Abnormal behaviour

Learning and Training

  • Conditioning and learning
  • Shaping
  • Extinction
  • Habituation
  • Instrumental Learning
  • Thorndike’s Law of Effect (1913)
  • Operant and Respondent Behaviour
  • Pseudo-conditioning
  • Intero-ceptive Conditioning
  • Temporal Conditioning
  • Biological Aspects of Learning
  • Associative Learning
  • Obedience
  • Reinforcement
  • Punishment
  • Systematic desensitisation
  • Counter conditioning

Behavioural Problems

  • Types of Abnormal Behaviour in Horses
  • Diagnosing Behavioural Problems
  • Indicators of Pain
  • Indicators of Mild Fear
  • Indicators of Extreme Fear
  • Stress
  • Stereotypes
  • Stable Vices
  • Prevention
  • Ridden Vices
  • Handling Vices
  • Problems during loading

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Identify factors affecting equine behaviour
  • Describe the influence of genes on equine behaviour.
  • Explain how horses perceive and how they respond to various stimuli
  • Explain how horses communicate and the nature of their social organisation.
  • Explain the sexual and reproductive behaviour of the horse.
  • Describe the different ways that horses learn and how this can be applied to the training environment
  • Explain how and why behavioural problems occur and how they can be prevented

Why study Equine Behaviour?

Most people don’t contemplate the need to understand a horse’s behaviour until they are faced with the difficulty of not being able to get a horse to do what they want it to do. Human nature is to then consider how they can get the horse to do what they want it to do… and it is then that we turn to studying equine behaviour. The natural progression is to then try and solve the specific difficulty. This approach is very shallow and will only contribute to solving the specific problem. Instead, we need to understand horses so that we can identify their needs. Only then can we identify that the problem comes from the expectations we have on the horse and the manner in which we are dealing with the issue. If we want to work with these beautiful animals, we have to acknowledge the differences between us and them and strive to understand their needs and priorities as best we can. Only then will we develop the trusted bond between human and horse and work as a team.

Where will this course lead?

The following are just some of the job areas where a background   in Equine Behaviour would be an asset:

•    Horse Educator
•    Stable hand
•    Veterinary Assistant
•    Assistant in commercial equine centre/outlet
•    Horse Groomer
•    Pet Shop Assistant
•    Horse Trainer
•    Horse Riding Instructor
•    Assistant in horse riding schools
•    Pony Party Event Organisations


ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.

ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council

ACS is an Internationally Recognised College; affiliated with many other institutions.Accreditation and Recognition

Accreditation and recognition is an extremely complex issue, given that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of accreditation bodies around the world, and no course is ever going to be accredited or recognised everywhere.

The important thing is that you choose education that is going to be meaningful for what you need.

Credibility with employers take precedence over accreditation with government recognition systems. Over more than three decades in education, we have found that success for the graduate comes from what they have learnt, rather than whether a qualification has more or less accreditations. Our courses are focused on helping you learn, not providing qualifications or resource libraries. We aim to bring about a change in how you think, and much of the recognition we hold is because we put learning above all else

National Courses

First Aid level 1 – 3

The First Aid courses are presented by qualified First Aid Officers.

Students will be guided and assited by Elna Wahl, owner and manager of Mooikrans.  Elna has over the last 20 years, been on radio talk shows and featured in numerous magazine articles to promote a better understanding of horses and Natural Horsemanship, which are the grounds on which all of Mooikrans horses are schooled and ridden in.  A better understanding of a horses behaviour leads to more effective handling  and schooling of horses.

Internal Mooikrans Courses

  • Entrepreneurship

    • a.Economics
    • b.Business principals
    • c.Establishment of a small business enterprise
    • d.Characteristics of an entrepreneur
  • The South African horse industry

    • a.Breeding
    • b.Breed Standards
    • c.Institutions
    • d.Competitions
  • Horse-facilitated psychotherapy

    • Therapy for personality problems, learning difficulties in children, hyperactivity and attention deficit.

The horse-facilitated psychotherapy is presented with the assistance of a qualified therapist.

Payment Options

The cost for 2019 R80 000 which is all inclusive – Accomodation (full board and lodging) at Mooikrans and study monies for external courses.

  1. Full payment of study fees on 31 December – R78 000
  2. First payment of R40 000 on the 1st February, R20 000 on the 1st April and last payment of R20 000 on the 1st June
  3. First payment of R40 000 on the 1st February, R5 000 x 9 payments on the 1st of every month (Beginning the 1st March)

Academic year

The Academic year starts on the 1st February and ends on the 30th November.

Late applications are accepted, please send an email to Elna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information please visit our website www.mooikrans.co.za or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read up about the course at :    www.acs.edu.au courses/animal health care




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P.O. Box 543, Amersfoort, Mpumalanga, 2490


Elna C. Wahl  (Director and owner)

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+27 (0) 83 732 8172


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