Equine Studies Diploma

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Equine Studies Diploma


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 an Equine Studies Diploma, you will benefit from this plethora of human knowledge on the correct care, management and maintenance of horses.

  • This Horse Course is relevant for various careers working with horses. It is also of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about the welfare, behaviour and care of horses.
  • The course provides suitable training for working in stables, horse charities and in the private equine care sector.
  • Learn about equine psychology, horse care & welfare, behaviour, transportation of horses, nutrition and environmental enrichment.

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 equine course explores the care, welfare and health of horses as well as equine behaviour, grooming, transportation, handling and nutrition.

Unit 1

Equine Welfare & Health

Learn all about the importance of regular health checks. This unit includes information about common diseases, parasites and health disorders that affect horses.

Unit 2

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.

Unit 3

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.

Unit 4

Equine nutrition

This unit explores horse nutrition including how to ensure that horses receive the right foods and the correct quantities.

Unit 5

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.

Unit 6

Handling & restraint and the transportation of horses

This unit includes information about how to humanely restrain, handle and transport horses to minimise risk of injury to the horse and carer.


Who can undertake this Equine Studies 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 an Equine Studies 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…


  • A comprehensive guide to the fundamentals of equine health and well-being, including information on the need for regular health checks, signs and symptoms of common diseases and health disorders, the risk of parasites and more.
  • A thorough overview of the anatomy of horses, including coverage of some equine bodily systems. Equine physiology is complex, and you will learn essential information pertinent to overall health.
  • An overview of equine psychology is also included in an effort to expand your understanding of horses beyond the physiological. This section of the course also includes a focus on problematic behaviour in horses and equine communication.
  • A focus on nutrition, including the correct feeding quantities and details on the best foods for equine consumption.
  • An in-depth look at caring for a horse, including a focus on basic horse care, as well as elements such as environmental considerations, grooming and exercise requirements.
  • Guidance on handling horses correctly to ensure both handler and horse are safe at all times. You will also receive theoretical advice on the proper techniques for restraining and transporting horses.

Commencing your study

The Equine Studies Diploma 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.

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

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