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Duration (approx) 100 hours
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Introductory course to the care of horses. Find out more with this distance learning course on horse care.

Learn to manage the daily requirements of a horse at grass. The course aims to develop:

  • The ability to handle horses using a range of different procedures
  • Skills to evaluate a horses conformation
  • An understanding of diet
  • Knowledge of grooming procedures
  • An ability to develop appropriate management procedures
  • Knowledge of commercial opportunities, including trading horses.

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 An introduction to the care of horses

Comment from Student   " My time with ACS has been extremely beneficial... and I would recommend the school to anyone seeking to study by Distance Education" - Victor, studying Adv. Certificate in Applied Management (Horses)

There are seven lessons covering

1. Horse Psychology and Handling
  • The Horse's memory
  • Using Psychology to handle the horse
  • Handling the horse in various situations
  • Catching a horse
  • Putting on a head stall or halter
  • Leading a horse
  • Putting on a bridle
  • Taking off a bridle
  • Saddling and unsaddling
  • Tying up a horse
  • Safety
2. Buying A Horse
  • Temperament
  • Size and weight carrying ability
  • Age and sex
  • Colour and marking
  • Breed
3. Conformation
  • Factors affecting conformation
  • Ideal conformation
  • How to describe conformation
4. The Digestive System and the Principles Of Feeding and Watering
  • The alimentary canal
  • Absorption of Food
  • Groups of Nutrients
  • Composition of some common feeds
  • Principles of Watering
  • Principles of Feeding
  • Ideal proportions of food types
  • Calculating Rations
5. The Grass Kept Horse and Pasture Management
  • Develop appropriate procedures to manage a horse at grass
  • Advantages of Working off Grass
  • Disadvantages of Working off Grass
  • Paddock size
  • Types of Fencing
  • The supply of water
  • Shelter
  • General Management
  • Exercise and grooming
  • Land Conservation
  • Other factors
  • Roughing off and turning out
6. Grooming
  • The skin
  • How the Skin Regulates Body Temperature
  • Grooming Tools and methods
  • Washing the mane and tail
  • Caring for grooming tools
7. Industry Applications
  • Explain commercial opportunities available in the horse industry
  • Resources
  • Writing resumes
  • Competition horses
  • Educating horses
  • Breeding
  • Farm planning
  • Quality management systems
  • Whole Farm planning
  • Preparing farm business plan
  • Managing risk
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Financial Planning
  • Financial records

Differentiate between the different procedures used for the handling of horses.

  • Describe the procedures for the buying and selling of horses.
  • Develop a program for the evaluation of the conformation of horses on a property/facility.
  • Analyse the digestive system, including structure and function, of horses.
  • Develop appropriate procedures to manage a horse at grass.
  • Explain the methods used to prepare horses for specific uses, including their grooming for different tasks.
  • Explain commercial opportunities available in the horse industry.

    Here are just some of the things you will be doing:

    • Describe different psychological traits of a horse including: *herd instinct *memory *fright.
    • Explain how an understanding of horse psychology can assist with handling a horse.
    • Compare three different methods of breaking in a horse.
    • Demonstrate how to put on different pieces of tack including: *a head stall *a bridle *a saddle.
    • Demonstrate how to lead a horse.
    • Demonstrate how to ride a horse.
    • Develop a list of safety rules for handling horses in a specified situation.
    • Compare the differences in the way two different horse owners handle their horses, at the same horse show or competition.
    • Describe the different ways of trading (ie. buying or selling) horses in your locality.
    • Develop a checklist of factors to consider when buying a horse for a specified type of use.
    • Compare five different advertisements for the sale of horses of a similar type, to determine which of the five appears to be the best value, and listing the reasons why it appears good value.
    • Evaluate the features of a horse being offered for sale in your locality, to determine the value of that horse.
    • Label an unlabelled diagram of the parts of a horses body.
    • Define the different conformation terminology, including: *girth *body proportions *leg settings *conformation *bone.
    • Describe the preferred features of the parts of a horses body referred to in earlier points.
    • Compare the conformation of two different breeds of horses, based upon a physical inspection of a horse from each breed.
    • Compare procedures used to evaluate the conformation of horses at two different properties/facilities.
    • Label the parts on an unlabelled diagram of the digestive system of horses.
    • Explain the function of different components in a horses diet.
    • Explain how the watering of a horse, as observed by you, on a specific property is likely to affect that horses digestive processes.
    • Evaluate the digestive processes involved in the digestion of three different horse feeds analysed by you.
    • Differentiate between the digestive processes in three different types of horses, including:
      *very active horses *horses being rested.
    • Compare the advantages with the disadvantages of keeping a horse at grass.
    • Recommend paddock facilities, in your locality, which are appropriate for horses kept at grass.
    • Prepare a description, and use illustrations where appropriate, of the facilities you recommended.
    • Differentiate between the requirements of a specified horse kept at grass, at different times of the year, in your locality.
    • Develop guidelines for managing a specific horse at grass, on a property visited and investigated by you.
    • Explain three different husbandry tasks which are essential to the management of the horse investigated by you.
    • List the different reasons for grooming horses.
    • Describe how to use different items of grooming equipment.
    • Write a procedure for washing a horse, in a specified situation.
    • Compare how to groom horses for different situations, including: *dressage *pony club competition *exhibitions *stock work.
    • List the different applications for horses in modern society.
    • List the resources available for different sectors of the horse industry in your locality, including:
      *racing *breeding *competitions *recreational riding.
    • Determine the minimum facilities required to establish three different specified businesses in the horse industry, including; *a riding school *a stock agent *another horse business.
    • Evaluate the financial viability of four different sectors of the horse industry.
    • Evaluate the potential of two different specified horse enterprises in your locality.







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    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.

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    Animal PsychologyExplore how animals think and comare how this differs between different animals (and humans)
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    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.