Certificate in Horse Care

Courses / Animal & Pet Care
Equine Empathy
This course will teach you the fundamentals of horse care including dietary requirements, the digestive system, and grooming. It also covers pasture management and the commercial opportunities within the horse world. Whether you own a horse, are looking to start a career, or work with horses already, this course will provide you with the essential knowledge you need.

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Duration & Course Level

~70 Hours | 6 Months Access

Study in your own time, at your own pace. Students generally complete one module per-week.

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How you'll benefit

  • Learn how to care for horses
  • Ideal for those working with horses or those who want to take better care of their horse
  • Discover the commercial possibilities of horse ownership including breeding, competition, and farm business structures
  • Develop appropriate procedures to manage a horse at grass
  • Develop a program for the evaluation of the conformation of horses on a property/facility.

Course Modules

  • The early horse
  • Survival mechanisms of the early horse
  • The modern horse – behaviour and memory
  • Using psychology to handle horses
  • Catching and leading horses
  • Fitting the bridle and saddle
  • Tying up a horse
  • Safety rules
  • Temperament
  • Size
  • Weight carrying ability
  • Age
  • Equine dentition and ageing
  • Glossary of terms
  • Dentition diagrams and detailed explanation
  • Colour and markings
  • Breeds
  • The shape of the skeleton
  • Body proportions and parts
  • Conformation problems
  • How to describe confirmation
  • The digestive System
  • The alimentary canal
  • The Stomach
  • The small intestine
  • The large intestine
  • Absorption of food
  • Groups of food nutrients
  • The composition of some common horse feeds
  • The principles of watering
  • The principles of feeding
  • Feeding concentrates and roughages
  • Feeding groups of horses at one time
  • Advantages and disadvantages of working off grass
  • Paddock size and minimum area needed
  • Types of fencing
  • The water supply
  • Shelter
  • Fodder trees
  • General management of the grass-kept horse
  • Management in summer
  • Management in winter
  • Exercise
  • Grooming the grass-kept horse
  • Conservation of the land
  • Keeping horses at grass on small areas
  • Roughing off and turning a horse out
  • The skin – epidermis, dermis, the coat
  • How the skin regulates body temperature
  • Reasons for grooming
  • Grooming tools
  • Grooming techniques – strapping, sponging, brushing
  • Using a stable rubber, dealing with stable stains on grey coats
  • Oiling the feet
  • Quartering
  • Setting Fair/Brushing off
  • Washing the mane and tail
  • Washing the sheath
  • Shampooing the horse
  • Resources
  • Writing resumes – employment readiness
  • Competition horses (overview) – event horse, dressage horse, show jumper, endurance
  • Educating Horses
  • Breeding
  • Farm planning
  • Short term operations
  • Farm business structures
  • Quality management systems
  • Whole farm planning
  • Preparing a farm business
  • Managing risk
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Financial management
  • Record keeping
  • Finance sources
  • Setting up a small business

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This course takes approximately 70 hours, and you’ll have up to 6 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

This qualification is Internationally recognised. Our qualifications are highly sought after by employers around the world and accredited by global industry bodies such as ICOES.

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