The home study courses are designed to give you an introduction and overview to a large number of aspects about the care and skills needed to both care and look after a horse. The Equine Studies Course also cover the basics of riding, grooming and the handling of horses, as well as useful information on buying a horse, and information on stabling and looking after your horse.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate Award and a Distance Learning Diploma.

The home study courses cover the following units:

  • Unit One – Evolution of the Horse

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Early horse groups; and Modern horse groups.

  • Unit Two – Biology of the Horse

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction, An Introduction to the Skeleton of the Horse; Muscles of the Horse and Their Purposes; Muscles of the trunk, back, and ribs; Muscles in the hindquarters; Tendons and ligaments of the lower leg; Organs of the Horse; and Horse Markings.

  • Unit Three – Horse Breeds

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Abyssinian; Albanian; Appaloosa; Arabian; Clydesdale; Dales Pony; Egyptian; Exmoor Pony; Fell Pony; Hackney; Lipizzan; New Forest Pony; Palomino; Pinto; Shetland Pony and Thoroughbred.

  • Unit Four – What Horse is Best for you?

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; The Best Breed for You; Age, Size and Sex; Assessing His Body Language; and Assessing your prospective buy.

  • Unit Five – Buying a Horse

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Where to Buy; The Initial Evaluation; Riding the Potential Horse; What to look for during your ride; Question Checklist; The Pre-Purchase Examination and The Coggins Test.

  • Unit Six - Basic Health & Safety for the Rider & Establishment

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Legal Requirements; Hazards and precautions; Checklist; References and further details; Basic Rider Equipment for Safe Riding; Proper equipment for junior riders (children under age 12); and Proper equipment for adult riders.

  • Unit Seven – Grooming & Tacking Up

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Choosing a suitable horse; Seek good advice; Choosing a riding academy; Choosing a saddle; The Bridle; and Grooming and tacking up.

  • Unit Eight – Leading Mounting & Dismounting

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; How to lead a horse; How to ask a horse to stand for mounting; Preparing to mount; Getting a leg up; Holding the reins; and How to dismount

  • Unit Nine – Walking & Handling

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; How to ask a horse to walk; How to halt a horse; The basics of steering; and Exercises at walk and halt.

  • Unit Ten – Trotting Basics

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Introduction; Basic riding theory and philosophy; How to maintain a good walk, and why; and How to ride the trot.

  • Unit Eleven – Stable Care

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Where to Keep your Horse?; Feeding; Pasture; Hay; Concentrates; Water; Shelter and Fencing for Horses; Security; and Safety.

  • Unit Twelve – Basic Vet Care & First Aid

This lesson includes the following topics: Introduction; Other Emergencies; Equine First Aid Kit; How To Take a Horse's Temperature; How To Check a Horse's Pulse; How To Determine The Respiration Rate; How To Check for Gut Sounds; How To Perform a Pinch Test; How To Check CRT; Mucous Membranes; Teeth; What is Colic?; and Prevention of Colic.

The home study courses also come with a useful Equine Glossary of terms.

Course Duration:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer. The Equine Studies Diploma will take approximately 100 hours of study to complete.

Prerequisites:

There are no particular entry requirements.

Technical Support:

Once you have enrolled, you will have access to your own personal tutor by mail or email. You will receive full tutor support for a 12 month period.

Certification:

ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Equine Studies Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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