This course programme has been designed to provide a series of training in areas that will prove useful to participants interested in working with horses and the Equine/Equestrian sector. It is an Introduction to Basic Care and Management of horses. It will provide Employability Skills through training and workshops.

Manual Handling & Workplace Safety

Manual Handling training provides candidates with information and instruction on safe manual handling techniques which, if used correctly, may help prevent injury. This course will also introduce Health and Safety in the work place. It will provide participants with knowledge in the concepts of safety and health and help to promote safe working practices and procedures.

Basic Equine Physiology

Covering some basic physiology then advancing into hoof anatomy and care. Discussing laminitis, a serious hoof condition in horses and other equids. Discussing the various coat colours and markings in horses.

Equine Behaviour and Training

The topics will focus on equid behaviour and movement. Understanding how equids relate to their environment and communicate which is critical to training and management. Examining the basic equine senses and communication. Discussing normal and abnormal behaviours and the basic psychology used in training. Discussing the basic gaits and how these animals move.

Feeding Management 

Focusing on equid nutrition. Understanding how and what to feed these animals is one of the most important aspects of basic care. Starting with digestive anatomy, how to evaluate the animal’s nutrient requirements, and establish feeding management. Discussing colic and other nutritional disorders.

Maintaining Equine Health

Focusing on equine health. Monitoring and taking care of the animal’s health. Starting with normal equine vital signs and then discussing administering first aid to the animals. Covering the different parasites and diseases that can afflict these animals. Discussing some common genetic disorders.

Breeding Management 

Focusing on equine reproduction. Breeding is an important component of the equine industry. Learning basic anatomy, including what makes the equids unique. Discussing the estrous cycles of mares and jennies, followed by common breeding systems used throughout the world. Discussing unique aspects of equine pregnancy and parturition and covering some management tips for taking care of the newborn foal.

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