Performance horses are athletes of the equine world, and their care needs are considerably higher than their grass-kept counterparts. This course is ideal for performance riders, stud owners and anyone working with horses. It’s also valuable for people aspiring to start an equestrian business.
The Certificate of Horse Care (Intermediate Program) follows on from the Certificate of Horse Care (Introductory Program). It will provide you with an understanding of equine husbandry and practical knowledge in the care of stabled and performance horses.
In this professional development course, you will explore feeding, stabling, bedding and mucking out, as well as foot care and shoeing. You will also learn how to exercise and condition a horse, about tack and fitting, and what’s involved in the design of a professional equine facility.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to care for stabled and performance horses and discover opportunities for working with horses.
Horse Care II
Unit 1 – Feeds
Green feeds and succulents
Tempters and tonics
Feeding for special purposes
Unit 2 – Stabling
Three ways to keep horses
The medicine chest
Stable tricks and vices
Unit 3 – Bedding and mucking out
Reasons for bedding
Choosing a system
Tools needed for mucking out
Managing the bed
Unit 4 – The foot and shoeing
Advantages and disadvantages of shoeing
Signs that shoeing is required
The farrier’s tools
How the horse is shod
What to look for in a newly shod hoof
Unit 5 – Exercise and conditioning
The difference between exercise and conditioning
Soft and hard condition
Exercising a horse
The fittening schedule
Principles of fittening
Unit 6 – Tack and tack fitting
Principles of bitting
Types of bits
Where the bit acts
Fitting the saddle
Causes of sore backs
Care of the back when unsaddling
Saddle cloths and numnahs,
Unit 7 – Horse facility design
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.