Stable management, grooming, exercise and conditioning

This course follows on from Horse Care I. It focuses on the care of stabled performance horses and covers topics such as:

  • Stabling
  • Foot Care
  • Bedding
  • Tack
  • Conditioning

The course complements Horse Care I and Horse Care III. It may be studied as a part of a Certificate, Advanced Certificate or Associate Diploma level of equine studies: or it may be studied as a single short vocational level course.

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Who Should Do this Course?

  • Stable hands
  • Horse owners
  • Anyone working with horses



There are seven lessons as follows:

  1. Feeds - Roughage, concentrates, roots, green feeds and succulents, tempters and tonics,salts, feeding for special purposes
  2. Stabling - Three ways to keep horses, combined systems, stalls, stables/loose boxes, barns, stable layout, feed rooms, tack rooms, the medicine chest, stable routine, stable tricks and vices.
  3. Bedding and Mucking Out - Reasons for bedding, bedding qualities, bedding types, choosing a system, tools needed for mucking out, mucking out, bedding down, managing the bed, conserving bedding, comparing bedding, the muckheap.
  4. The Foot and Shoeing Foot structure, trimming, advantages and disadvantages of shoeing, signs that shoeing is required, the farrier's tools, how the horse is shod, what to look for in a newly shod hoof, basic shoes, surgical shoeing, studs.
  5. Exercise and Conditioning - The difference between exercise and conditioning, soft and hard condition, exercising a horse, the fittening schedule, principles of fittening, maintaining fitness.
  6. Tack and Tack Fitting - Principles of bitting, the mouth, types of bits, where the bit acts, fitting the saddle, causes of sore backs, care of the back when unsaddling, saddle types, linings, girths, saddle cloths and numnahs, tack cleaning.
  7. Horse Facility Design - Farm layout


Duration: 100 hours



  • Analyse the feeding requirements and feeding techniques available for horse husbandry.
  • Develop a stable management program for horses.
  • Explain the management procedures necessary to fulfill the bedding requirements of horses.
  • Explain the management and care of horses feet.
  • Implement management procedures for the conditioning of horses.
  • Describe the procedures used for managing the tack requirements of horses.
  • Explain the management, including design and applications, of facilities used in the horse industry.



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

  • Evaluate different types of horse feeds.
  • Explain the use of food supplements/additives including: *tonics *tempters *salts.
  • Describe the feeding programs of horses, for different purposes, including: *horses living outside *horses with different workloads *ponies *mares in foal *old horses *sick horses.
  • Compare the effect of three different diets on the same breed of horse, studied over a two month period.
  • Compare the different ways to keep horses, including: *barns *stalls *stables/loose boxes *combined systems.
  • Explain the purpose of the different parts of a specified stable complex.
  • Describe three routine stable tasks, including mucking out.
  • Develop a checklist for assessing the design of a stable.
  • Evaluate a specific stable against the assessment checklist you developed.
  • Plan a stable routine for a specified horse, in a specified stable.
  • Explain why bedding is necessary for domesticated horses.
  • Compare alternative bedding systems, including different drainage and absorbent systems.
  • Describe the bedding chores carried out in a specified horse care situation.
  • Recommend an appropriate bedding system for two different specified situations.
  • Collect four examples of bedding material suitable for use by a racing horse in a stable.
  • Describe the structure of a healthy horses foot, as observed by you.
  • Describe three potential problems with the horses foot.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of shoeing horses.
  • Select appropriate horse shoes for six different specified situations, from a series of labelled drawings or photographs of different types of shoes.
  • Describe the process of shoeing a horse, including: *removing an old shoe *preparing the hoof *fitting the new shoe *nailing on *finishing off.
  • Distinguish between soft and hard condition of a horse.
  • Explain the principles of fittening for a horse coming off grass and being prepared for racing.
  • Develop exercise routines for horses in three different specified situations, including: *racing stables *a child's pony *mare with foal.
  • Implement a fittening schedule for a specified type of horse over a period of at least two months.
  • Analyse the results of a fittening schedule applied to a specific horse.
  • List the different items of tack equipment, that would be required by two different specified horse enterprises.
  • Label the features of three different items of tack on unlabelled diagrams.
  • Describe the use of two different specified items of tack.
  • Develop procedures for the management of tack in a specified horse enterprise, including: *storage *use *repair/replacement *cleaning.
  • Compare the different types of fencing used for horses, including: *barbed wire *timber post and rail *electric.
  • Determine the facilities required for different types of horse enterprises, including: *riding schools *stud farms *racing stables.
  • Describe the facilities for showing horses at two specific locations, including: *an agricultural showground *a sales facility.
  • Evaluate the design of a horse farm visited by you, for a specified application.
  • Prepare a design, including one or more sketch plans, of a stable for a specified application.




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