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Horse Care and Management Diploma Course

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The Horse Care and Management Diploma Course covers the basics of what you would expect from a course of this type: horse anatomy, mucking out and grooming your horse. However, rather than solely traditional approach, this course instead focuses on horse care from an ethical and scientific perspective. This means the course covers areas such as learning theory, equine welfare and group housing, among others.

Written by a professional horse trainer, this course provides humane, scientific methods of training, including several step-by-step training plans to teach your horse important handling and healthcare procedures such as accepting a blanket, giving hooves or loading into a trailer.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Horse Care and Management Diploma Course is an excellent resource for anyone who would like to work with and look after horses in the numerous careers available in the equestrian industry. Similarly, if you are considering horse ownership, the knowledge within this course will have you well-placed to understand horses and their needs, before making the commitment to buy.

What You'll Learn from the Horse Care and Management Diploma Course

  1. An Overview of the Horse
  2. Welfare
  3. Physical Health
  4. Basic Horse Care
  5. Housing Your Horse
  6. Riding Equipment and Training
  7. Buying Your Horse

The Horse Care and Management Diploma Course begins by giving a thorough overview of horses. This covers: a brief description of their evolution, anatomy with specific attention paid to the head, legs, and hooves, terminology used for markings and coats, the physical ways in which horses communicate their emotions, and how horses learn (which is actually remarkably similar to humans).

The 2nd of the course’s modules describes what a horse needs to be emotionally and physically happy. This includes: explanations of the ‘5 freedoms’ that form horse welfare, key needs, the professionals needed to look after specific requirements, and awareness of abnormal behaviours that can occur and what can be done to help.

Module 3 of the Horse Care and Management Diploma Course is all about the physical care of horses. Before learning about the ailments that occur, the module first teaches how to recognise a healthy horse as well as how to check them over and how to spot pain by changes in the horse’s facial expressions. From here students will learn how to: train a horse to accept health checks and medical treatments, recognise common health problems, administer first aid, and understand worming and the importance of having an appropriate worming programme in place.

Covering the important areas of horse care, the 4th module explains the basics that anyone working with, or who own a horse, need to be familiar with. If you don’t control your actions around horses they can be dangerous, the module begins by explaining how to act around horses and limit the risk of accidents occurring. From here the course talks about nutritional needs and things to avoid in a horse’s diet, and promoting good health with grooming. The module also includes information on blanketing, explaining when this is and isn’t necessary, and both the barefoot and shod methods of keeping a horse’s hooves.

When it comes to housing a horse, there are a few options, with varying degrees of preferability and practicality. The 5th module of the Horse Care and Management Diploma Course explains how to get the best from your horse’s environment, for the enrichment of their mental and physical development and welfare. This covers: stabling, group housing, turnout, and the social structure of horses.

For both you and your horse to be comfortable, it is important to understand and choose the right equipment for both of you, as individuals. The 6th module goes into detail about saddles and bridles and bits before moving on to looking at conventional horse training methods, from a learning theory point of view.

Owning a horse is actually less expensive than it is perceived to be. This said, it is a lifetime commitment and the costs are a lot more than your average house pet. Module 7 of the Horse Care and Management Course outlines the average ongoing costs of horse ownership, along with things to consider before buying a horse, what to look out for when viewing a horse, and how to go about taking your new horse home.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Horse Care and Management Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1 - An Overview of the Horse

  • Evolution and domestication
  • Anatomy of the horse
  • Coats colours and markings
  • Communication
  • Learning
  • Assessment questions

Module 2 - Welfare

  • The 5 freedoms
  • The keys needs of the horse
  • Equine professionals
  • Abnormal behaviours
  • Assessment questions

Module 3 - Physical Health

  • Checking your horse health
  • How to train your horse to accept health checks
  • Common horse health problems
  • First aid kit for horses
  • How to train your horse to cooperate for medical care
  • Worming
  • Assessment questions

Module 4 - Basic Horse Care

  • Safety around horses
  • Feeding and watering
  • Grooming
  • Thermoregulation and blanketing
  • Hoof Care
  • Assessment questions

Module 5 - Housing Your Horse

  • Stabling
  • Group housing
  • Turnout
  • Social structure
  • Assessment questions

Module 6 - Riding Equipment and Training

  • Choosing and fitting a saddle for your horse
  • Bridles and bits
  • Understanding horse training methods
  • Assessment questions

Module 7 - Buying Your Horse

  • The cost of owning a horse
  • Before buying a horse
  • Viewing prospective horses
  • Taking your new horse home
  • Assessment questions



Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


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