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Caring For Horses

Course CodeSGA5
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion
The short course Caring For Horses explores and explains the fundamentals of appropriate horse care aims and techniques.  It considers horsemanship as a combination of art and science.  Working with horses is primarily about giving and receiving respect, often followed by the beginning of an ever-lasting bond.  By studying this short course you will learn how to care for horses and the ways and benefits to forming a positive and long lasting relationship with these kind animals.  The course comprises ten lessons, and is completed with a final self assessment.


Course Structure

Lesson 1 BREEDS AND IDENTIFICATION

  • Introduction.
  • Breeds.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 2 ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND MOVEMENT

  • External Points of the Horse.
  • Skeletal & Muscular Systems.
  • Cardiovascular System.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 3 DIGESTIVE SYSTEM AND FEEDING

  • Overview of Digestive System.
  • Food.
  • Feeding Routines and Procedures.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 4 HORSE HANDLING

  • Basic Horse Psychology, Temperament and Behaviour.
  • Safe Handling.
  • Vices and Problem Behavior.
  • Lesson 4 additional reading.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 5 HEALTH MANAGEMENT

  • Introduction to Horse Health.
  • Internal Parasites.
  • Skin Conditions.
  • Equine Colic.
  • Lameness.
  • Contagious Respiratory Conditions – Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites.
  • Non-Contagious Respiratory Conditions.
  • Preventative Health Care Programs.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 6 SHOEING THE HORSE

  • Why do horses need shoes?
  • Types of shoes.
  • Steps in shoeing the horse.
  • Accidents associated with shoeing.
  • General Foot Care.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 7 CARE OF THE HORSE AT GRASS

  • Grazing Requirements.
  • Grazing Management.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 8 CARE OF THE STABLED HORSE

  • Stabling Facilities.
  • Stable Yard Safety.
  • Bedding & Mucking Out.
  • Feeding & Watering Overview.
  • Grooming.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 9 SADDLERY & EQUIPMENT

  • Saddles.
  • Bridles.
  • Bits.
  • Ancillary Equipment.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 10 THE EQUINE INDUSTRY

  • What Do People Do With Horses?
  • Buying & Selling a Horse – Scope of the Industry.
  • Common Equine Careers.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Final Assessment.