Short Course on Caring for Horses

$199.00 Inc GST

As wonderful and rewarding horse ownership can be, it takes immense amounts of time and dedication – owners should prepare to spend more time caring for their horse than actually riding it. Horse care involves a sequence of repetitive tasks including feeding and watering; grooming and the provision of health care; cleaning of their living environment and equipment and of course, exercise.

Not only does this course cover 10 lessons about horse care essentials, you will also have the opportunity to test your learning along the way with our self guided tests. There is also ample opportunity to research many more aspects of the course topics, giving you a thorough learning experience.

How does it work?

At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing. Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time of day or night; and any day of the week; and if you achieve an overall pass (60% or more); you will be able to obtain a “certificate of completion” with your name and completion date on it.

Note: these short courses are self-guided online courses and are not to be confused with tutor-supported online courses.

 

There are 10 Lessons in this course:

1. BREEDS AND IDENTIFICATION

    • Introduction
    • Breeds

2. ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND MOVEMENT

    • External Points of the Horse
    • Skeletal & Muscular Systems
    • Cardiovascular System

3. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM AND FEEDING

    • Overview of Digestive System
    • Food
    • Feeding Routines and Procedures

4. HORSE HANDLING

    • Basic Horse Psychology, Temperament and Behaviour
    • Safe Handling
    • Vices and Problem Behavior

5. HEALTH MANAGEMENT

    • Introduction to Horse Health
    • Internal Parasites
    • Skin Conditions
    • Equine Colic
    • Lameness
    • Contagious Respiratory Conditions – Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites
    • Non-Contagious Respiratory Conditions
    • Preventative Health Care Programs

6. SHOEING THE HORSE

    • Why do horses need shoes?
    • Types of shoes
    • Steps in shoeing the horse
    • Accidents associated with shoeing
    • General Foot Care

7. CARE OF THE HORSE AT GRASS

    • Grazing Requirements
    • Grazing Management

8. CARE OF THE STABLED HORSE

    • Stabling Facilities
    • Stable Yard Safety
    • Bedding & Mucking Out
    • Feeding & Watering Overview
    • Grooming

9. SADDLERY & EQUIPMENT

    • Saddles
    • Bridles
    • Bits
    • Ancillary Equipment

10. THE EQUINE INDUSTRY

    • What Do People Do With Horses?
    • Buying & Selling a Horse – Scope of the Industry
    • Common Equine Careers
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Your Tutor

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek B.V.S. M.Sc. (Parasitology)
Karin Haasbroek

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.

During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.