Novice Short Course Care and Management of Horses

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

This short course is ideal for:

  • Inexperienced students from the age of 16 years
  • Students at the start of training with little or no experience of horse-care

Course Details

Academic Level: Further Education Level 2
Number of units/modules: 3
Study Hours per Unit: 15
Total Hours:  45
Course Duration:  Maximum of 12 months to complete course requirements
Study Week Requirements: Optional Stable Management Study Days

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 module.
  • 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

Module 1 Routine Care of the Horse

Handling horses safely – leading, tying up, safety around horses. Accident prevention. Care of the stabled horse: bedding types, mucking out, grooming, rugging, applying a tail bandage. Stable construction and yard planning. Yard routine.

Module 2 Care of the Grass Kept Horse

Keeping a horse at grass, the paddock, fencing, watering, poisonous plants, shelter, general care. Maintaining optimum grazing.

Module 3 Tack and Equipment

Tack fitting: fitting of snaffle bridle and general purpose saddle, bits and bitting, martingales, tacking up and untacking. Lunge equipment, boots, breastplates, pelhams, gags. Health problems associated with ill-fitting tack.

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!

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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The Open College of Equine Studies
Eldo House
Kempson Way
Bury St Edmunds
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