Horses are majestic, powerful animals that bring us fulfilment as pets and in equestrian and sporting pursuits, but they also have high care needs. This course is ideal for recreational riders, stud owners or for those working with horses. It’s also valuable for people aspiring to start an equestrian business.
The Certificate of Horse Care (Introductory Program) is an online course that will provide you with an understanding of equine husbandry and practical knowledge in the care of horses.
In this professional development course, you will explore horse psychology and handling techniques, tips on buying a horse, as well as the importance of diet, grooming, and basic principles of feeding and watering your horse.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to care for horses and discover opportunities for working with horses.
Horse Care I
Unit 1 – Horse psychology and handling
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
Unit 2 – Buying a horse
Weight carrying ability
Equine dentition and ageing
Glossary of terms
Dentition diagrams and detailed explanation
Colour and markings
Unit 3 – Conformation
The shape of the skeleton
Body proportions and parts
How to describe confirmation
Unit 4 – The digestive system and principles of feeding and watering
The digestive System
The alimentary canal
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
Unit 5 – The grass kept horse and pasture management
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. 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;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
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.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
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.