Do you want to work with horses? Do you work at a riding school, racecourse or horse farm?

This course is perfect for those seeking a qualification in the management of horses.

This course will provide you with the knowledge to become a manager, supervisor or employee in the horse industry. You will study:

  • Horse Care I, II and III
  • Management
  • Office Practices
  • Business Operations
  • Marketing Foundations

This course also requires the completion of a 200hr workplace project on the horse industry, allowing you to gain practical knowledge and an understanding of the  industry.

This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.

Train to Work in Equine Management

  • Learn both skills in horse care; and in business management
  • Improve your capacity to get a job, operate a business or forge a successful career in the equine industry.
  • Build your awareness, knowledge and networking skills
  • A very practical, 900 hour self paced training


This is a 900 hour course; to gain this qualification you must successfully complete:

Four Core Units - see below

Three Stream Units - see below

Workplace Project (200 hours) - this can be satisfied a number of different ways including: undertaking approved work experience in the horse industry attending conferences or approved practical courses with another organisation, or undertaking research (eg. Research Project I and Research Project II)

Click on each module below (or the research projects highlighted above) to view detailed outlines.



Unit 1 Management

This course outlines management theories and procedures, problem solving and decision making tactics, staff management, and more. Developed by professionals with a substantial amount of industry experience, it is a necessary foundation for a successful career in managing any type of equine enterprise.


Unit 2. Office Practices

Office work is a key part of any enterprise, and through this course you receive a solid foundation for running an office for any equine industry enterprise. You develop an understanding of the nature and scope of office work, procedures (record keeping, filing, security, etc); communication systems (eg.: phones, letters, faxes, couriers, postage, email etc); develop your interpersonal communication skills and understanding of computer applications. You also learn how to organise and run an office both more efficiently and to attend to all important health and safety issues.


Unit 3 Business Operations

This provides you with the building blocks for business planning and operations, covering topics such as business law, the money market, taxation, business plan writing and mistakes to avoid.


Unit 4 Marketing Foundations

Marketing is an area where many enterprises fail, Without good marketg, business cannot be sustained, and despite proficiency with horses and other management skills, unless you can get and keep a reliable flow of customers, you will still probably fail. This course aims to leave you with a capacity to do all of the following:
  • Discuss the role of marketing in an equine enterprise.
  • Describe the scope of marketing in different types of equine enterprises.
  • Define the target market for a product or service in the equine industry.
  • Determine and manage an appropriate mix of marketing activities for a small enterprise or marketing campaign.
  • Evaluate the presentation (including packaging) of a product or service.
  • Determine an effective approach to promoting a product or service in the equine industry.
  • Compare options for distribution and determine an appropriate price for a product or service.
  • Evaluate customer service in the equine industry.
  • Conduct market research in the equine industry.
  • Consider the impact of internal and external organisations (including legal authorities) upon the marketing activities of an enterprise in the equine industry.



Horse Care 1

There are 8 lessons as follows:
1. The Horse Industry; resources & its scope.
2. Horse Psychology & handling: types of horses, behaviour, psychology for handling
3. Buying a horse: temperament, size, age, aging, sex, experience, potential, breeds etc.
4. Conformation: skeleton, muscles, body proportions, head, neck, withers, hooves, etc.
5. The digestive system and principles of feeding & watering.
6. The grass kept horse and pasture management: pros & cons, fencing, paddock size, etc.
7. Grooming: tools, types & times of grooming, washing manes & tails, sheaths, shampooing etc
8. Industry Applications: dressage, event, racing, jumping, driving horse, transportation horse etc.

Horse Care 2

There are eight lessons as follows:
1. Facilities: fencing, gates, stables, etc.
2. Farm management
3. Feeds: Roughage, concentration, roots, green feeds & succulents, tempters and tonics, salts, etc
4. Stabling, Bedding & Mucking Out: Combined systems, stable routines, tacks and vices, bedding etc.
5. The Foot & Shoeing: Foot structure, trimming, farriers tools, how to shoe, shoe types, studs.
6. Exercise & Conditioning: Difference between exercise & conditioning, fittening schedules etc.
7. Tack & Tack Fitting: The mouth, types of bits, fitting the saddle, back care, saddle types, etc.
8. Facility design: farm layout, design of tracks, show areas, etc.

Horse Care 3

There are eight lessons as follows:
1. Blankets, Bandages & Boots: Types, fitting a rug, surcingles, rollers, bandaging rules, boot uses
2. Sick Nursing: Detecting poor health, sick nursing, first aid, isolation procedures, temperature etc.
3. Minor Ailments and Unsoundness: Parasites, colic, coughing, colds, wounds, skin ailments, eyes, etc.
4. Clipping, Trimming & Plaiting: Clippers, clip types, hogging, the mane, trimming, pulling, whiskers etc.
5. Travelling And Care At An Exhibition: Preparing for travel, loading, safety, care during travel, etc.
6. Organising A Show Or Event.
7. First-Aid For Riders And Spectators.
8. Financial Management In The Horse Industry.


Workplace Projects

Essentially we will accept anything that constitutes "Learning in a real world relevant situation" -as distinct from our "normal way of delivering a distance education module.

  • The term "Workplace Project" is often used to embrace any type of "learning" experience. that is "real world" oriented. This includes:
  • Attending industry meetings (conferences, seminars, study tours, committee meetings, etc)
  • Work experience (paid or voluntary)
  • Attending workshops run by another institution; or supervised by a professional person working the student through our "workshop curriculum documents"
  • Undertaking any of the following modules: Workshop I, II, III or Research Project I, II, III or IV

We DO NOT organise and conduct workshops at a particular location or at particular times.


The student DOES NOT need to sit exams for the workshops or workplace projects....but they do need to show documentary proof (in the cases of a, b or c.





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