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Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate


Learn Equine Business Management Skills

A course designed to equip students with a range of necessary management and horse care skills. Students undertake core studies in marketing and business operations combined with three stream units in horse care, plus two elective units of study.

Topics covered include:

Horse psychology & handling, Buying a horse, conformation, the digestive system, principles of feeding and watering, pasture management, grooming, shoeing, exercise and conditioning, stable design and general management. Coupled with a workplace project ensures that this comprehensive qualification is to a standard required in the horse industry.



Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED MANAGEMENT (HORSES) VBS001
Stream Modules
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 6 modules.

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  • Learn about both management and horse husbandry, both in the one course
  • Enrol any time, work at your own pace, studying from anywhere
  • Complete 700 hours of study first, to develop a solid foundation in management and communications; and then finish off with 200 hours of workplace related studies (eg. research, work experience, pbl projects, etc) where you will apply things learnt in those earlier modules; developing an appreciation and understanding of where and how your learning can be used in "real world" situations.
This course is designed as a foundation for a career working in the equine industry. Students may either
  • already work in the industry (and be looking to further develop their skills); or
  • be looking to develop, knowledge, skills, and an industry awareness, as a first step toward either developing a business, or seeking employment in the industry.
Working in this industry does involve more than just being good with horses though!
The most successful equine industry professionals are likely to be both technicians and managers. They may start as a stable hand; but stable hands do not earn much money, or progress in the industry; without moving on to a higher position such as a manager; animal health professional, business proprietor, farmer, equine products supplier or something else.
This course helps develop your abilities across the board, to put you in the best place for building a career, or a business.


A separate exam must be completed for each of the seven core and stream modules.
Exams can be sat anywhere in the world.
The enrolment fee does not include exam fees. An exam fee is paid prior to sitting each exam.

How much do you already know about horses?

Can you identify the parts of a horse's body?
Muzzle & Chin-groove:
This is the lower end of the head and includes the nostrils, upper and lower lips and the area covering the teeth. The chin-groove is just under the bars of the mouth; this area is smooth and rounded.
Head (forehead, nose):
The forehead is the upper part of the face extending down to each eye from the the base of ears. The nose is really considered to be a continuation of the forehead ending just before the muzzle.
This is on top of the head immediately behind the ears.
Throat latch:
This is the bony region (near the back of the lower jaw) where the furthermost upper end of the trachea lies.
This is the upper part of the neck. The crest extends from the poll to the withers.
The withers is a bony ridge at the bottom of the crest and beginning portion of the back. The curve made by the withers usually runs gradually into the back.
This region is the portion of the spinal cord to which the ribs are attached. Technically it includes the withers. Some people consider the back to be the entire length of the horses outline to the root of the tail, however some others exclude the croup from the ‘back’.
The loins are a small portion found between the back and the croup. This region of the spinal column is devoid of any rib attachment.
This area is situated between the loins and the top of the tail. The croup extends slightly downwards at each side to the point of the hip and the point of the buttock.
Thigh and Buttock:
Generally this region is bordered by the croup at the top, the flanks to the side, and the gaskins to the bottom.
This is the cavity containing the heart and lungs which occupies approximately one third of the body toward the front. Like in humans, this region is separated from the digestive organs by the diaphragm.
The knee is a large joint with a clearly defined bony prominence to one side. The lower side of the knee joint and the canon bone meet at a right-angle. Behind the knee are strong tendons.
This is the part of the leg between the knee and the fetlock, the canon refers to all anatomy in this region including tendons and ligaments, not only the canon-bone as commonly thought.
This joint appears as a prominent bony region at the uppermost part of the forearm. It is situated to the back of the forearm.
Ergot and Chestnut:
These are both small calluses found on the legs and fetlocks respectively. It is widely acknowledged that they have no structural function.
Inside the region we find the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen (in mares the reproductive system is here, in geldings and stallions, the reproductive organs originate here).
This refers to the area where the (top of the) hind leg and the lowest part of the flank meet.
This region is located between the fetlock and the hoof. It is made up of 2 bones the long pastern and the short pastern - the joint between the two bones is simply called the pastern joint. Although this joint has very little movement, it plays a vital role in shock absorption.
This is situated between the thigh and the hock.
Hock (Gambrel):
The hock is the large joint found on hind legs. It's function is similar to that of the human ankle. It is forward bending.
This joint is at the lower end of the canon, meeting the pastern on the lower side. In many breeds, there is usually a small tuft of hair which grows behind this joint.
Coronet (Coronary band):
This is an area of soft tissue above the hoof. It is considered to be the source of growth for the hoof wall. It is generally protected by thick skin and hair. Injury to the coronet can result in irregular growth of the hoof, sometimes leading to permanent damage and an unsound hoof.

Why Study the Course?

This is a great course to choose, if you not only want to learn about horses, but also business and management skills that will give you an edge when working in the equine industry

It is important though, to understand; this or any other course should only be the first step in a lifelong journey developing your knowledge and skills.
Build networking (develop contacts within an industry)understanding and opportunities within the field of study, after you complete the course. Studying should not only develop your intelligence and knowledge; but also:
  • Improve your ability to communicate with colleagues
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Expand awareness and develop creativity
  • Develop attributes that set you apart from others in your industry
  • Motivate you, build confidence, and more

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Meet some of our academics

Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
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

Animal PsychologyExplore how animals think and comare how this differs between different animals (and humans)
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.
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.
Farm ManagementThe Farm Management ebook is a valuable piece of equipment for any farming student or current farmer. Improve your farm management skills or learn new skills and techniques. The topics covered within this Farm Management ebook include 1/ Scope and nature of the farm industry, 2/ The farm site, 3/ Production systems, 4/ Managing livestock, 5/ Managing pasture, 6/ Managing crops, 7/ Managing equipment and materials, 8/ Computer applications, 9/ Farm structures and buildings, 10/ Financial management, 11/ Marketing, 12/ Farm planning, 13/ Staff management, 14/ Water management and 15/ Diversification.