Basic Stable Management


The course is designed to provide:

It is not mandatory to complete BSM before starting the SHM1 or Pearson (BTEC) Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care

BSM is ideal for:

  • Inexperienced students from the age of 14 years
  • Students at the start of training with little or no experience of horse-care
  • A ‘returning to horses’student – perhaps you rode years ago and are a bit rusty
  • Non-horsey’ parents of pony-mad children
  • Preparation for BHS Horse Knowledge and Care Stages 1 and 2

Course Details

Academic Level: Further Education Level 1
Number of units/modules: 10
Study Hours per Unit: 10
Total Hours:  100
Course Duration:  Maximum of 12 months to complete course requirements
Study Week Requirements: Optional Stable Management Study Week

The course is divided into modules which consist of:

  • Detailed illustrated text.
  • In-text questions for you to answer and in-text activities to complete as you work through the material. Separate answer sheets are provided at the end of each module.
  • One work assignment per two modules (five assignments in total).
  • Referring to the course material, you complete the work assignments at your own pace and submit each in turn for marking and assessment. Your work is carefully checked by qualified tutors, graded where appropriate and returned to you with detailed feedback.
  • English speaking
  • aged 14 or more – there is no upper age limit
  • interested in learning more about horse care and management


Module / Unit Details

This is a TOCES Certificate course. You will be awarded a graded TOCES certificate upon completion of the course. This will be of value to prospective employers as well as to you personally as it reflects your commitment to study. Please note that although TOCES Certificate courses do not result in a validated qualification, the course material is of the same high standard as our validated programmes through BTEC, the BHS and City and Guilds.

Study from home or school

Fit study in around your current commitments and while you gain practical experience in the equine industry.

Full course support

Our dedicated student support tutors are available to assist you throughout your studies. Keep in touch with fellow students too!

Learn while you earn

Continue to work full, part time or volunteer!

Module 1 Basic Anatomy and Physiology

Colours, markings. Basic physiology  including the skeleton, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, conformation, points of the horse, teeth and ageing.

Module 2 Care of the Stabled Horse

Care of the stabled horse,stable construction, routine, bedding, mucking out, handling, grooming, bandaging, plaiting, trimming, clipping.

Module 3 Care of the Grass Kept Horse

Keeping a horse at grass, the paddock, fencing, watering, poisonous plants, shelter, general care, laminitis,sweet itch, cracked heels, mud fever.

Module 4 Feeding

The digestive tract, basic digestion, rules of feeding, types of feedstuffs, food preparation, hay, how much to feed, sample feed charts, colic, internal parasites.

Module 5 Saddlery

Care and fitting of various items of tack, bits and bitting, martingales, tacking up and untacking. Health problems associated with ill-fitting tack.

Module 6 The Foot, Shoeing and Lameness

Structure of the foot,shoeing procedure, a wellshod foot, types of shoe,studs, causes and treatment of lameness.

Module 7 Horse Health

Signs of good and ill health, preventative medicine, vaccinations,sick nursing, isolation procedure, hygiene, equine first aid kit, administration of medicine, poultices, hot and cold treatments, when to call the vet.

Module 8 Equine Veterinary Care

Wound treatment, dealing with bleeding. Circulatory and respiratory systems, functions and disorders.Ailments affecting the skin, eyes and mouth. Azoturia, strangles, influenza and tetanus.

Module 9 Fittening the Horse

Movement and action, exercise,schooling, lungeing, fitness work, preparation for competition, travelling and care of the competition horse. Roughing off at the end of the season. Types of competition.

Module 10 Safety

Accident prevention. Safety in the stable, yard, field, when loading, travelling and whilst riding. Basic road safety. Fire prevention, action to take in the event of fire. Manual handling -safe lifting techniques. Personal protective equipment and clothing.

Enrolment and Fees

Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year

Following enrolment, you will receive access to online course information and course material

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The Open College of Equine Studies
33 Pages Lane
Lower Green
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 6NJ

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