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Horse Care A BAG102 Online Course

From: $50.00 / week for 16 weeks

Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Qualification Certificate
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
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About this course

This course serves as an introduction to a broad range of topics in Equine Management. Topics presented include principles of horse psychology, basic horsemanship principles, considerations for buying and selling horses, functional anatomy and desirable conformation in horses, fundamental concepts in equine nutrition, feeding management recommendations, principles of pasture management, proper grooming practices, and an exploration of commercial and career opportunities in the horse industry.

This is a stand-alone course or can be taken alongside Horse Care B and C.

Course Aims:

  • Describe the procedures for the buying and selling of horses
  • Differentiate between the different procedures used for the handling of horses
  • Evaluate of the conformation of horses
  • Analyse the digestive system, including structure and function of horses
  • Develop appropriate procedures to manage a horse at grass
  • Explain the methods used to prepare horses for specific uses, including their grooming for different tasks
  • Explain commercial opportunities available in the horse industry
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Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 7 lessons in this course:

Horse psychology and handling

  • The early horse
  • Survival mechanisms of the early horse
  • The modern horse – behaviour and memory
  • Using psychology to handle horses
  • Catching and leading horses
  • Fitting the bridle and saddle
  • Tying up a horse
  • Safety rules

Buying a horse

  • Temperament
  • Size
  • Weight-carrying ability
  • Age
  • Equine dentition and ageing
  • Glossary of terms
  • Dentition diagrams and detailed explanation
  • Colour and markings
  • Breeds

Conformation

  • The shape of the skeleton
  • Body proportions and parts
  • Conformation problems
  • How to describe confirmation

The digestive system and principles of feeding and watering

  • The digestive System
  • The alimentary canal
  • The Stomach
  • The small intestine
  • The large intestine
  • Absorption of food
  • Groups of food nutrients
  • The composition of some common horse feeds
  • The principles of watering
  • The principles of feeding
  • Feeding concentrates and roughages
  • Feeding groups of horses at one time

The grass kept horse and pasture management

  • Advantages and disadvantages of working off grass
  • Paddock size and minimum area needed
  • Types of fencing
  • The water supply
  • Shelter
  • Fodder trees
  • General management of the grass-kept horse
  • Management in summer
  • Management in winter
  • Excercise
  • Grooming the grass-kept horse
  • Conservation of the land
  • Keeping horses at grass on small areas
  • Roughing off and turning a horse out

Grooming

  • The skin – epidermis, dermis, the coat
  • How the skin regulates body temperature
  • Reasons for grooming
  • Grooming tools
  • Grooming techniques – strapping, sponging, brushing
  • Using a stable rubber, dealing with stable stains on grey coats
  • Oiling the feet
  • Quartering
  • Setting Fair/Brushing off
  • Washing the mane and tail
  • Washing the sheath
  • Shampooing the horse

Industry Applications

  • Resources
  • Writing resumes – employment readiness
  • Competition horses (overview) – event horse, dressage horse, show jumper, endurance
  • Educating Horses
  • Breeding
  • Farm planning
  • Short-term operations
  • Farm business structures
  • Quality management systems
  • Whole farm planning
  • Preparing a farm business
  • Managing risk
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Financial management
  • Recordkeeping
  • Finance sources
  • Setting up a small business
When you have completed your lessons you have the option of taking the optional exam. It's ok if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate.

Course Tutor(s)

Meg Anema

M.Sc. Clinical Sciences (Equine Reproductive Physiology)  B.Sc.  Animal Science (Option: Equine Science) B.Sc.Agricultural Economics

Meg grew up training and showing horses in youth and 4-H programs, and then went on to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics, as well as a Master of Science degree in Equine Reproductive Physiology. In addition to several years of industry experience as a Quarter Horse breeding farm manager and custom A.I. technician, Meg developed and taught for 10 years in a comprehensive, secondary Equine Science Studies Certificate program covering all areas of Equine Science.  Meg considers the horse to be an absolutely incredible athlete and amazing study! Aside from tutoring Careerline's Equine courses Meg has also taught various courses in equine studies including: Equine Nutrition, Equine Herd Health, Equine Sports Medicine, Equine Reproduction, Equine Industry, Principles of Horse Evaluation, Horsemanship, Applied Genetics, Introduction to Veterinary Science, Animal Anatomy & Physiology, Introduction to Animal Science and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.

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Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.