Novice Short Course Equine Health and Nutrition
The course is designed to provide:
- a straightforward introductory course suitable for anyone wishing to establish the foundation of horse health and nutrition principles.
- preparation for the Senior Horsemaster’s Course 1 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
|Academic Level:||Further Education Level 2|
|Number of units/modules:||3|
|Study Hours per Unit:||15|
|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 Maintaining Health
Creating the optimum environment for good health. The physical and psychological well being of the horse. Understanding the behaviour of horses. Preventative medicine, vaccinations, worming, dental care. Footcare and shoeing procedure.
Module 2 Veterinary Care
Hygiene and disease prevention. Signs of good health. Recognising poor health. When to call the vet. The equine first aid kit. Types of wound, wound treatment, dealing with bleeding and inflammation. Signs, causes and course of action for: coughing, laminitis, thrush, colic, cracked heels and mud fever.
Module 3 Feeding
The digestive tract, basic digestion, types of feedstuffs, hay, haylage, rules of feeding, food preparation, use of haynets, how much to feed, sample feed charts for different types of horse or pony
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
- Online access to all course materials
- Tutor support