Horse Care B BAG204 Online Course

From: $50.00 / week for 16 weeks

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

About this course

This course provides a study of various management practices recommended for horse husbandry and especially for stabled horses. Lessons will present discussions on feed stuffs and feed management, stabling systems, recommendations for bedding and mucking out, basic principles of foot care and shoeing, considerations for conditioning horses, tack and the importance of properly fit tack, and criteria to consider in designing horse facilities.

This is a stand-alone course that does not require a prerequisite and can be taken alongside Horse Care A and C.

Course Aims:

  • Analyse the feeding requirements and feeding techniques available for horse husbandry
  • Develop a stable management program for horses
  • Explain the management procedures necessary to fulfil the bedding requirements of horses
  • Explain the management and care of horses feet
  • Implement management procedures for the conditioning of horses
  • Describe the procedures used for managing the tack requirements of horses
  • Explain the management, including design and applications of facilities used 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:


  • Roughage
  • Concentrates
  • Roots
  • Green feeds and succulents
  • Tempters and tonics
  • Salts
  • Feeding for special purposes


  • Three ways to keep horses
  • Combined systems
  • Stalls
  • Stables/loose boxes
  • Barns
  • Stable layout
  • Feed rooms
  • Tack rooms
  • The medicine chest
  • Stable routine
  • Stable tricks and vices

Bedding and Mucking Out

  • Reasons for bedding
  • Bedding qualities
  • Bedding types
  • Choosing a system
  • Tools needed for mucking out
  • Mucking out
  • Bedding down
  • Managing the bed
  • Conserving bedding
  • Comparing bedding
  • the muckheap

The Foot and Shoeing

  • Foot structure
  • Trimming
  • Advantages and disadvantages of shoeing
  • Signs that shoeing is required
  • The farrier’s tools
  • How the horse is shod
  • What to look for in a newly shod hoof
  • Basic shoes
  • Surgical shoeing
  • Studs

Exercise and Conditioning

  • The difference between exercise and conditioning
  • Soft and hard condition
  • Exercising a horse
  • The fittening schedule
  • Principles of fittening
  • Maintaining fitness

Tack and Tack Fitting

  • Principles of bitting
  • The mouth
  • Types of bits
  • Where the bit acts
  • Fitting the saddle
  • Causes of sore backs
  • Care of the back when unsaddling
  • Saddle types
  • Linings
  • Girths
  • Saddle cloths and numnahs,
  • Tack cleaning

Horse Facility Design

  • Farm layout
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.


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.