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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

A detailed foundation certificate of studies in equine husbandry.

  • Study the many facets of keeping a horse at grass or in the stabled environment.

  • Core modules ensure students have a firm understanding of the key elements of caring for their horse.

  • Elective modules are chosen to allow students to undertake more in depth studies.



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Learn more about Equine Husbandry with this certificate level course.

Study by distance learning and learn more about the care, husbandry and management of horses.

Students studying the Certificate In Equine Husbandry, subject to their Elective options, will:

  • Learn about the procedures for the buying and selling of horses.
  • Understand how to differentiate between the different procedures used for the handling of horses.
  • Be able to evaluate conformation.
  • Understand the digestive system - including structure and function.
  • Be able to devise appropriate procedures to manage a horse at grass.
  • Understand feeds and feed content of grazing animals.
  • Learn about equine behaviour and general animal breeding concepts.

Course Duration: 600 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Content: Study four Core Modules and then choose two Elective Modules.

These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Equine Husbandry.  The Core Modules are summarised, below.  Follow the link in the module title for further information on each.

Horse Care I BAG102
Learn to manage the daily requirements of a horse at grass and horse care.  This 7 lesson module provides a foundation in equine studies.  Students will learn about buying and selling horses, their physiology (conformation) and biology.  The module includes lessons which look at the nutritional requirements of horses, the advantages and disadvantages of working off grass, housing, and grooming.  It is concluded with a lesson on industry applications – competition, farming, financial and business planning.

Horse Care II BAG204
The 6 lesson module follows on from Horse Care I, but focuses more on the care of a stabled performance horse.  The Horse Care II module covers feeds, nutrition, stabling, foot care, bedding, tack, conditioning, and other areas relevant to caring for horses in a stable.  The module is concluded with a lesson on the management of facilities used in the horse industry, including their design and applications.

Horse Care III BAG302
Horse Care III builds upon the knowledge gained in Horse Care I and II.  With this 6 lesson module, students will learn to better manage the health and condition of horses in different situations. Learn to identify signs of poor condition, and address those problems appropriately.

Equine Behaviour BAG216
A 7 lesson module which looks at horse psychology and behaviour.  Develop your understanding of equine behaviour – the influences on behaviour, and genetics and behaviour.  The Equine Behaviour module includes lessons on communication and social behaviour, and sexual and reproductive behaviour.  Students will learn about the elements to training a horse as well as being able to identify abnormal behaviour and how this may be prevented.

The Elective Modules provide students with the opportunity to tailor their qualification to specific areas of interest.  Students are to choose two Electives from the following (follow the link in the module titles for further information):

Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101

Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202

Animal Health (Animal Husbandry II) BAG201

Animal Breeding BAG301

While the elective modules have a more general large animal focus, the knowledge is easily translated to a horse management situation through the focus of lesson assignments and set tasks. Once completed this Certificate can be used as credit toward an Advanced Certificate in Applied Management (Horses) or Associate Diploma in Equine Studies.

You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.

The Certificate In Equine Husbandry requires around 600 hours of study. This is made up of six 100 hour modules.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the six 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass six examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.


  • Expert tuition - Our courses are written and taught by experienced professionals, so you know you can expect a high quality of teaching and support.
  • Start at any time - You can start the course at any time and study at your own pace.
  • Flexible studies - Fit your studies around your own busy lifestyle and study where you want to with option of online studies or eLearning.

About the many aspects involved with keeping a horse in good health.  If you have any QUESTIONS or need help in deciding which course is most suitable for you, please get in touch with our equine specialists using our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE - please, get in touch, we will be only too happy to help.

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Meet some of our academics

Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
Cheryl McLardyA scientist, teacher, writer and animal scientist, with more than 20 years experience including: Sports Horse Stud Groom, Stable Manager, Yard Manager, Equine industrial Training Manager, FE Distance Learning Manager. Cheryl has travelled widely, working in England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand; and is now based in Scotland. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Higher National Diploma in Horse Management, and a City and Guilds Teaching Certificate.
Marius Erasmus Subsequent to completing a BSc (Agric) degree in animal science, Marius completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming.

Check out our eBooks

Horse CareThis book is an accumulation of information from biology, agricultural science and veterinary medicine. It looks to explore and explain the fundamentals of appropriate horse care aims and techniques. In doing so it will consider horsemanship as a combination of art and science.
PoultryPoultry are entertaining as pets and life sustaining as a commercial product! Whether you are seeking a book as a beginner poultry keeper or if you are embarking on a new career in poultry production or management, this book is for you. Easy to read, easy to understand and packed with easy to implement practical advice. Know how to care for the health and wellbeing of poultry and make production a commercially viable enterprise.
Animal HealthUnderstand animal health issues, diseases and how identify and manage illnesses and injuries. Animals can become sick for many different reasons -diseases caused by infections, injuries, poisoning, genetic disorders, poor nutrition and other things.
Caring for DogsA book for both students and dog owners. This book has been designed to complement our dog care and pet care courses; but also to provide a sound foundation for choosing the right breed, and caring for a dog whether as a pet, or a working animal. Contents cover Breeds, Creating a healthy home for dogs, legal issues, dog biology, recognising poor health, parasites, illnesses, nutrition, reproduction, dog psychology, behavioural development, training tips, behaviour problems, grooming, working in the dog industry, and more.