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Horses have lived alongside humans for thousands of years and have served a variety of purposes. From roles as methods of transport to modern leisure riding, the relationship between horses and humans is long-established.
During the thousands of years of co-existing with horses, humans have garnered a wealth of information regarding equine health and well-being. By undertaking a Horse Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Course, you will benefit from this plethora of human knowledge on the correct care, management and maintenance of horses.
Who can undertake a Horse Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Course?
The course is suitable for any learner who is interested in improving their knowledge of equine health and care. This includes both owners who are seeking a greater understanding of their horse’s physiological and psychological requirements, as well as professionals who work with horses as part of their everyday occupation.
The course is designed to be highly accessible, and you do not need to have prior experience of horse care and management to benefit from the education provided.
What will you learn on a Horse Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Course?
This course provides a comprehensive, in-depth education for those seeking to improve their knowledge of equine care. Areas covered by the course include…
Commencing your study
The Horse Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Course is conducted entirely online, making it a flexible choice that can be studied at your own pace as is compatible with your lifestyle.
Should you decide to embark on this kind of course, you will benefit from enhanced knowledge relating to a breadth of equine-related concerns. The course seeks to be comprehensive by covering areas such as the behavioural, physiological and psychological sides of equine care, but never threatens to overwhelm the student. Whether you choose to use this knowledge in a professional capacity, or to enhance your ability to care for your own horse's welfare, the information is inherently valuable - and will enhance the life and well-being of horses under your care.
Continued Professional Development
This course counts for 60 hours CPD
Equine Welfare & Health
Learn all about the importance of regular health checks. This module includes information about common diseases, parasites and health disorders that affect horses.
Anatomy and physiology of horses
Gain an understanding of the basic anatomy and function of horse. Learn about the musculoskeletal, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, urinary, reproductive, nervous, lymphatic and integumentary systems of the horse.
Equine psychology and dealing with problem behaviour
Learn about the instinctive behaviour of the horse, the factors affecting behaviour, and how horses communicate.
Gain an understanding about problem behaviour; what it is, common causes, strategies to deal with it and preventing it.
This module explores horse nutrition including how to ensure that horses receive the right foods and the correct quantities.
Grooming, Exercise and Environmental Enrichment
Exercise is vital for horses and an important aspect of environmental enrichment.
Learn how to groom horses; another important part of a equine health and well-being.
Handling & restraint and the transportation of horses
This module includes information about how to humanely restrain, handle and transport horses to minimise risk of injury to the horse and carer.
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)
In order to ensure a horse is kept happy and healthy the basic needs of every horse should be met by ensuring the following: A suitable environment is provided for the horse to live in. An appropriate diet is provided for the horse, including access to fresh water. The horse is allowed to exhibit natural behaviour. The horse has appropriate companionship. The horse is protected from pain, suffering and injury and disease. More often than not welfare issues arise through ignorance rather than purposeful neglect or abuse of a horse. As such, the education of owners, handlers and riders is of paramount importance in the welfare of horses. The more people can understand the horse's true nature as a wild animal the better they will be able to understand their role and responsibilities in keeping a horse in a domesticated environment. This horse course explores the care, welfare and health of horses as well as equine behaviour, grooming, transportation, handling and nutrition.