LungeingTOCES, the equine distance-learning college, is offering BTEC certificates in horse management, including a practical stable management course. 

Enrol now to start your studies from home and attend the next practical course on 7-9 May 2014.

Study the theory needed to care for horses and learn practical horse management skills and gain a BTEC (Edexcel) qualification. Options are:

  • BTEC foundation certificate in horse management (Stage 1 level)
  • BTEC intermediate certificate in horse management (Stage 2 level)
  • BTEC advanced certificate in horse management (Stage 3 level)

Entry requirements:

  • Students must be at least 16 years old upon enrolment
  • There are no formal academic entry requirements
  • Students must try to gain some experience with horses. This can be in the form of owning a horse, working with horses and/or riding regularly and helping at a yard

Upon enrolment you will receive 5 modules of printed course material and will need to submit 2 work assignments per module. Throughout the course you are fully supported by a course tutor, and will receive detailed feedback for each assignment submission.

All certificate in horse management courses include a 3-day stable management course where you will learn and practice the practical skills covered within each programme.

The practical 3-day stable management course is also open to all non-TOCES students and is great preparation for BHS horse knowledge and care examinations, stages 1-3, taught by our BHS qualified course tutors. For more information, visit: http://toces.net/wp/courses/study-weeks/698-2/

Picking out hoofBTEC FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE IN HORSE MANAGEMENT (STAGE 1 LEVEL)

Contents:

– M1 Equine Anatomy and Physiology (1)

Skeletal anatomy, structure and function of the main organs and systems.

– M2 Horse Knowledge and Care (1)

Handling the horse safely, care of the stabled horse, keeping a horse at grass, tack fitting

– M3 Feeding

The digestive tract, basic digestion, feedstuffs, how much to feed.

– M4 The Healthy Horse

The physical and psychological well being of the horse, preventative medicine, foot care, lameness.

– M5 Equine Veterinary Care (1)

Hygiene and disease prevention. Recognising poor health, first-aid, wound treatment, dealing with bleeding and inflammation, causes and course of action for common health problems.

Applying support bandageBTEC INTERMEDIATE CERTIFICATE IN HORSE MANAGEMENT (STAGE 2 LEVEL)

Contents:

– M1 Equine Anatomy and Physiology (2)

Skeletal structure, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Circulatory and respiratory systems. Sensory organs and nervous system. Conformation and action.

– M2 Horse Knowledge and Care (2)

Stable construction, yard routine. Maintaining optimum grazing. Health and safety. Grooming, care after exercise. Stable and support bandages. Tack fitting: lunge equipment, boots, breastplates, pelhams, gags. Clipping, trimming and plaiting.

– M3 Horse Knowledge and Care (3)

Lungeing. Fittening. Footcare and shoeing — care of the hooves, role of the farrier, remedial shoeing, removing a loose shoe. Transporting horses.

– M4 The Healthy Horse (2)

Feeding: digestive tract, nutrients, feedstuffs: forages and concentrates, rationing, equine behaviour, monitoring health, preventative medicine.

– M5 Equine Veterinary Care (2)

Wound management, foot poultice and support bandages. Lameness: signs, causes and course of action. Trotting up to identify lameness. Causes and course of action for health problems.

Poulticing footBTEC ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN HORSE MANAGEMENT (STAGE 3 LEVEL)

Contents:

– M1 Equine Anatomy and Physiology (3)

Bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Major organs. Cell structure and function. Anatomy and function of the skeleton, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, nervous, sensory, urinary, endocrine, reproductive and mammary systems. Conformation.

– M2 Horse Knowledge and Care (4)

Daily routines, yard layout, stable construction. Soil types, drainage, weed control, fertilisers, grasses, grassland management, worm control, taking a grass crop, machinery, fencing.  Evolution of the horse. Development of different breeds and types. Inherent and acquired behaviour. Normal and abnormal equine behaviour, preventing and managing stereotypic behaviour. Tack fitting for different disciplines including double bridle and exercise bandages.

– M3 Equine Veterinary Care (3)

Disease prevention and control. Wound management. Therapies to reduce inflammation. Recognising lameness.Trotting up, flexion tests, nerve blocking, radiography, ultrasound scanning. Disorders affecting soundness: disorders of the foot, joint and bone, synovial effusions. Exertional rhabdomyolysis, choke, colic. Infectious and non-infectious diseases.

– M4 Fitness and Training

Interval training and traditional fittening programmes in preparation for hard work. Care of the horse at a competition. Problems affecting the competition horse, dehydration, heat stress, fatigue, soundness problems. Lungeing to work the horse.

– M5 Equine Reproduction

Oestrus cycle, swabbing, teasing, covering. Artificial insemination, embryo transfer.

Pregnancy diagnosis, twinning, foaling, post-natal care of the mare, management of the neonate, colostrum, handling the foal, management of foals and yearlings, weaning. Stallion management.

Course fees

Fee if paying in full: £850; fee if paying in instalments: £900 when paid as 18 monthly payments of £50

To claim a £15 discount off the cost of any course quote HHFB 1704 on your enrolment.

The full prospectus can be downloaded at toces.net/wp/courses

Enrolment documentation can be downloaded at toces.net/wp/enrol-2

Find out more

Tel: +44 (0) 1284 811 401

Email: info@equinestudies.co.uk

Web: www.equinestudies.co.uk

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