Building on Horse Care I and II, learn to better manage the health and condition of horses in different situations: including while traveling or competing in events

Who should do this course:

  • Anyone who is transporting horses and caring for them while away from home
  • Horse owners and breeders
  • Equine event organisers

Horses need special attention from time to time; particularly when their normal routine is broken

The routine life of a horse can change with a change in weather, location, or while being prepared for an event. With change, comes the need for the horse to be treated a little differently. This course focuses in particular upon those "changed" situations. It looks at preparing your horse for different event, managing their health, safe transportation and managing a horse enterprise.



    There are six lessons as follows:

    1. Blankets, Bandages & Boots
      • Different blankets and rugs
      • fitting a rug
      • putting on a rug
      • taking off a rug
      • surcingles and rollers
      • caring for rugs and blankets
      • types of bandages and their uses
      • rules for bandaging
      • boots and their uses
    2. Maintaining The Health Of Horses
      • Signs of good and poor health
      • sick nursing rules
      • isolation procedure
      • common ailments to recognize
      • taking the temperature
      • the medicine chest
      • first aid treatments
      • restraining a horse
      • emergencies
      • preventing a disease
    3. Clipping, Trimming & Plaiting
      • Reasons for clipping
      • types of clippers
      • types of clips
      • preparation for clipping
      • how to clip
      • finishing off
      • hogging the mane
      • trimming
      • pulling the mane and tail
      • plaiting the mane or tail
    4. Travelling & Care of The Horse Away From Home
      • Preparing a horse for travel
      • preparing a trailer
      • loading the horse
      • the problem loader
      • safety while loading
      • before a show
      • at the show
      • returning home
    5. Organising & Managing A Horse Event
      • Organising an event
      • contingencies to cater for
      • the public, exhibitors and organisers
      • costs
      • guidelines for planning a show or exhibition
      • the facility
      • exclusive bookings
      • facilities without prior bookings
      • booking records
      • publicity
      • community participation
    6. Managing A Horse Enterprise
      • management plans
      • rural finance sources
      • banks
      • money market
      • financial planning
      • contract law
      • assessing profit
      • risk analysis
      • standards
      • financial records
      • cash flow
      • E.O.P accounting


    Duration: 100 hours



    On successful completion of the course you should be able to do the following:

    • Identify the use and purpose of protective equipment for horses, including blankets, bandages and boots.
    • Determine the procedures required to maintain a horses health.
    • Develop a program to prepare a horse for showing.
    • Prepare a management plan for a horse while away from it's home.
    • Develop a plan for the management of a horse industry event.
    • Analyse the management of a horse enterprise, including its marketing and financial viability.



    You will learn a wide variety of things, through a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and practical tasks, and watching videos. Here are just some of the things you will be doing:

    • Explain the uses of a horse blanket in a specified locality.
    • Evaluate three different types of horse blankets, in terms of various factors, including: *price *application *quality *longevity.
    • List five situations when bandages are used on a horse.
    • Describe the methods of bandaging horses, as listed above.
    • Demonstrate the use of bandages on horses in two specified situations.
    • Explain the different reasons why boots are used on horses.
    • Describe the use of boots on a horse in two specified situations.
    • Define terms used in the health care of horses.
    • Describe the symptoms of five common ailments in horses.
    • Develop a checklist for evaluating the health of a horse.
    • Evaluate the health, using the checklist developed above, of a chosen horse.
    • Describe, in an illustrated report, how to take a horses temperature.
    • List the minimum components and their uses, of an equine first aid kit for two different specified situations.
    • Explain different horse restraining techniques, including the use of: *stalls *twitch *sidelines *crushes *hobbles.
    • Determine the criteria which must be satisfied before, and during, the isolation of a horse.
    • Explain why the isolation procedure is used in a specific situation.
    • Describe the use and maintenance of tools and equipment required for preparation of a horse for showing.
    • Demonstrate plaiting using a fibre comparable to horses hair.
    • Compare the differences in showing under saddle, with showing on the halter.
    • Write a plan for the preparation of a horse for showing, in a specific competition.
    • List the situations where a horse might need to be transported.
    • Explain the different methods of transporting a horse with respect to: *impact on the animal *equipment required *costs.
    • Prepare a set of guidelines for the care of a horse during travel.
    • Prepare guidelines for the care of a horse at a specified show.
    • Plan appropriate procedures for the transportation of a horse, for two different situations, in terms of: *a timetable of events *husbandry tasks to be carried out *a list of equipment and materials required.
    • List the factors influencing the success of different types of events in the horse industry, including: *Shows *Races *Competitions.
    • Determine the minimum first aid facilities which should be provided for horses, riders and spectators at a specified type of event.
    • Prepare a plan for managing a specified type of horse event.
    • Write a report analysing the management of a nominated event in your locality.
    • Evaluate the management of a horse event, such as a show, competition or race; with reference to: *organisation *promotion *success (or failure) of the event.
    • Determine the factors affecting the profitability of two different specified horse enterprises visited by you.
    • Calculate the different costs involved in maintaining a specified breed/type of horse over one year, including: *manpower *agistment *feed *veterinary needs *transport *tack.
    • Evaluate three different systems for marketing horses in your locality.
    • Determine innovative marketing methods for different horse industry situations, including: *Stud services *Yearling sales *Riding instruction.




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