Principles of Equine First Aid

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20 hours
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Equine First Aid Certificate Level 3



  • This equine first aid course has been designed for horse owners and anyone working with horses.
  • Learn the basic principles of first aid for equines.
  • Learn how to manage first aid treatment of a range of common injuries and how to manage first aid treatment of a range of adverse health conditions.




No matter how well cared for or how safe an environment a horse is kept in, accidents and injuries do happen. Horses seem prone to finding things with which to injure themselves. For example, even the simple task of a horse eating can lead to a horse choking so the owner or keeper of a horse always needs to be well prepared to deal with injuries or ailments and have the knowledge to enable them to deal with such situations. This equine course addresses two different types of first aid you are likely to administer for the horse. The first is the sort of situation where your aim is to prevent the situation from worsening and aid recovery if possible whilst waiting for the vet to arrive. The second situation is where you will administer first aid in order to support and promote the horse’s own natural healing abilities. This equine first aid course explores how to administer first aid and how to handle and care for a sick or injured horse.

Unit 1

Horse Health and First Aid

This unit will enable learners to:

Identify normal horse behaviour and psychology.

Have a good understanding of basic horse anatomy. Understand the requirements and principles of First Aid and how to put an equine first aid kit together.

Unit 2

Horse Care

This unit will enable learners to:

Understand the special stable management requirements of the sick or injured horse as well as how to handle a sick or injured horse.

Recognise and know common ailments of the horse and their treatment.

Describe the measures that can be taken when looking after a horse to prevent sickness or injury.

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