Horses and ponies are popular animals; it is estimated that there are between 600,000 and a million in the UK. Individual horses and ponies vary in size, body shape and temperament. Although their working lives, the period when they can be ridden or driven, maybe much shorter, they can live well into their thirties or longer.
Discover the right way to care for your horse, from well-being and feeding to up-keeping stables and lawful requirements.
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Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.
The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.
You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a certificate of completion and competency.
Difficulty - Level 2
Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
In this unit, we will be looking at the horse as a whole, covering everything from psychology to physical markings. You will gain an understanding of some of the terms used to describe a horse and learn how and why horses act in particular ways. You will learn the conformation of the horse, which will give you an understanding of the things to look out for when caring for a horse.
This unit will give you a greater understanding of how to work with the horse safely, how to groom and how to maintain a healthy horse.
This unit will highlight the rules of feeding and the types of food that can be fed to horses. We will also look at watering and its importance.
In this unit, we will look at the type of tack that can be used on the horse, how to fit it and other types of horse clothing available.
In this unit, we will look at good routines on the stable yard and the need for them. We will also look at the areas within a stable yard.
In this unit, we will consider what is needed in the field and how to maintain the field.
In this unit, we will cover the laws and regulations that all horse owners, and anybody who works with horses, should know and follow.
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You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.
You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.
We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.
You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.
No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.
No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.
Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.
That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).