Caring For Horses

Course CodeSGA5
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Improve your Knowledge of Horses

This course 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.


Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. BREEDS AND IDENTIFICATION
    • Introduction
    • Breeds
    • Sports Horse
    • Light work horse
    • Draught horse
    • Driving horse
    • Andalusian, American quarter horse,Warnblood, Appaloosa, Arab, Belgian draught, Cleveland bay, Clydesdale, Friesian, Hackney,Hanoverian, Morgan, American paint & pinto, Paso fino, Percheron, Shire, Standardbred, Tennessee walking horse, Thoroughbred, Trakehner.
    • Horse identification characteristics - height, sex, colour, head makings
    • Leg markings, Whorls
    • Additional identification methods - microchips, hot iron branding, freeze branding, lip tattoo
  2. ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND MOVEMENT
    • External Points of the Horse. - muzzle, chin groove, poll, throat latch, crest, withers, back, loins, croup, thigh, buttock, etc
    • Skeletal and muscular Systems
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Pulse rate
    • Conformation
    • Movement - recognising gaits, leaps, walk, flat foot walk, trot and pace, canter, gallop
  3. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM AND FEEDING
    • Overview of Digestive System
    • Food
    • Roughage - Forage
    • Concentrates
    • Supplements
    • Feeding Routines and Procedures
    • Group feeding
    • Feeding times and frequency
    • Watering
  4. HORSE HANDLING
    • Basic Horse Psychology, Temperament and Behaviour.
    • Temperament types - quiet, Interested, nervous, extremely nervous, stubborn, treacherous
    • Common behaviours - dominance hierarchy, epimeletic behaviour, investigative behaviour, grooming behaviour, ingestion and elimination behaviours, play, minicry, sleeping, walking
    • Safe Handling
    • Catching and releasing
    • Leading
    • Tying up
    • Working around a horse
    • Bridling
    • Saddling
    • Vices and Problem Behavior - biting, cribbing, kicking, stall walking, tail rubbing, weaving, wood chewing, bolting, rearing and striking, shying, pulling
    • Handling a stallion for breeding
  5. HEALTH MANAGEMENT
    • Introduction to Horse Health
    • Behavioural signs
    • Superficial signs - coat condition, skin, sweating, discharges etc.
    • Respiration signs
    • Physical examination
    • Internal Parasites- types, effects, controls
    • Skin Conditions -ringwormnettle rask, mud fever, lice, melanoma, sarcoids, etc
    • Equine Colic - causes, signs, treatment, prevention
    • Lameness - signs, causes
    • Contagious Respiratory Conditions – Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites.
    • Non-Contagious Respiratory Conditions.
    • Preventative Health Care Programs - COPD, chronic post viral cough, exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage, laryngeal hemiplegia, etc.
    • Veterinary investigations
    • Preventative health care programs
  6. SHOEING THE HORSE
    • Why do horses need shoes? - hoof anatomy
    • The shoeing process
    • Types of shoes - normal, race, heart bar, three quarter, featherhead, wedge heeled, studded
    • Steps in shoeing the horse
    • Accidents associated with shoeing
    • General Foot Care.
  7. CARE OF THE HORSE AT GRASS
    • Grazing Requirements
    • Field boundaries - types of fencing, gates, shelter
    • Suitable grasses
    • Poisonous plants to avoid
    • Grazing Management - daily, weekly and annual grass management
    • Feeding and watering a grass kept horse
    • Types of watering
    • Grooming a grass kept horse
    • Exercising a grass kept horse
  8. CARE OF THE STABLED HORSE
    • Stabling Facilities
    • American barn stabling
    • Traditional stabling
    • Stable fixtures and fittings
    • Stable Yard Safety -fire protection, etc.
    • Bedding & Mucking Out
    • Common bedding materials - wood shavings, wood pellets, straw, rubber matting, paper and cardboard
    • Bedding management
    • Mucking out
    • Feeding & Watering Overview
    • Grooming
  9. SADDLERY AND EQUIPMENT
    • Saddles
    • Parts of a Saddle
    • Saddle design
    • Bridles
    • Parts of an English Snaffle Bridle
    • Bite less bridles
    • Double bridles
    • Bits
    • Ancillary Equipment - martingales, breastplates
  10. THE EQUINE INDUSTRY
    • What Do People Do With Horses?
    • Buying & Selling a Horse
    • Hoe can you buy a horse - friends, auctions, trainers and rehabilitators, farms and breeders
    • Common Equine Careers - breeder, owner/ manager (riding school, agistment etc), riding instructor, trainer, therapist, professional rider, farrier, veterinary, equine retailer, etc
    • Final Assessment.

Who is this course for?

  • New Horse owners
  • Someone who is new to working in the horse industry
  • Agriculture or animal studies students wishing to fill a gap in their knowledge
  • Refresher course for anyone with some prior experience or learning with horses who wants to bring their knowledge and awareness back up to date.
  • Anyone with a passion for horses (amateur or professional) who wants to fill in important gaps in their knowledge and strengthen their overall education with a formal learning journey.

 





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