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Horse Course Practical
This is an intensive training course that is ideal for anyone who wants to work with horses or is considering this as a career option. This is an opportunity to work hands-on with horses and see how a well managed stables is run. Learn about horse handling, nutrition, exercise, cleaning, daily health checks and welfare for equines. Horses in a stable are normally alert and interested in what is going on around them, with their heads over the door observing what is going on around the yard. They may spend some time resting quietly or eating. Horses are trickle feeders: this means that they need to eat little and often. They will spend about 16-18 hours a day eating, therefore horses in the field spend much of their time eating. In order to consider the welfare of a horse we should firstly have a brief look at the history of the horse. Today horses are used mainly for sport or recreational purposes, although some horses are still used for working purposes, whereas in years gone by horses were predominantly used by people as working animals to pull carts, as a means of transport and in some countries they were raised as a farm animal for food (and still are in some places). However if we look even further back in the horse's history they were wild animals roaming the open grasslands and being hunted by cavemen. What we have to consider is that although humans have progressed technologically since the days of the caveman, horses have remained basically the same both in their instincts and physiology. We may have selectively bred horses to be bigger, smaller, stronger or faster but their basic behavioural instincts and physiology remains the same as their ancestors. Although few truly wild horses remain in the world today there are pockets of them in various different countries. However there are many areas around the world where feral horses (horses that were once domesticated, then left to their own devices and left to breed amongst themselves with little or no human intervention) can be found. The course has helped students decide whether a career working with horses is for them and it has also helped learners to gain a certificate in horse care and stable management, which has in turn helped them to gain work placements, volunteering opportunities and employment working with horses in a variety of settings. This course includes 1 night's accommodation and breakfast and this is included in the course fees.