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Horse Care II
Horse Care II 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Horse Care II
Horse Care II course online. Home Study - Distance Learning Course. Know about caring for horses? Expand your knowledge. Develop your skills in the feeding, stabling, bedding, tacking up, foot care and conditioning of horses. This home study course follows on from Horse Care I, but can be taken as a stand-alone course. Particularly relevant for caring for stabled horses, it also covers aspects of care which are relevant to the horse at grass.
Lesson Structure: Horse Care II BAG204
There are 7 lessons:
- Green feeds and succulents
- Tempters and tonics
- Feeding for special purposes
- Three ways to keep horses
- Combined systems
- Stable layout
- Feed rooms
- Tack rooms
- The medicine chest
- Stable routine
- Stable tricks and vices
- Bedding and Mucking Out
- Reasons for bedding
- Bedding qualities
- Bedding types
- Choosing a system
- Tools needed for mucking out
- Mucking out
- Bedding down
- Managing the bed
- Conserving bedding
- Comparing bedding
- The muckheap
- The Foot and Shoeing
- Foot structure
- Advantages and disadvantages of shoeing
- Signs that shoeing is required
- The farrier's tools
- How the horse is shod
- What to look for in a newly shod hoof
- Basic shoes
- Surgical shoeing
- Exercise and Conditioning
- The difference between exercise and conditioning
- Soft and hard condition
- Exercising a horse
- The fittening schedule
- Principles of fittening
- Maintaining fitness
- Tack and Tack Fitting
- Principles of bitting
- The mouth
- Types of bits
- Where the bit acts
- Fitting the saddle
- Causes of sore backs
- Care of the back when unsaddling
- Saddle types
- Saddle cloths and numnahs,
- Tack cleaning
- Horse Facility Design
- Farm layout
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading
Learning Goals: Horse Care II BAG204
- Analyse the feeding requirements and feeding techniques available for horse husbandry.
- Develop a stable management program for horses.
- Explain the management procedures necessary to fulfill the bedding requirements of horses.
- Explain the management and care of horses feet.
- Implement management procedures for the conditioning of horses.
- Describe the procedures used for managing the tack requirements of horses.
- Explain the management, including design and applications, of facilities used in the horse industry.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Evaluate different types of horse feeds.
- Explain the use of food supplements/additives including:
- Describe the feeding programs of horses, for different purposes, including:
- horses living outside
- horses with different workloads
- mares in foal
- old horses
- sick horses.
- Compare the effect of three different diets on the same breed of horse, studied over a two month period.
- Compare the different ways to keep horses, including:
- stables/loose boxes
- combined systems.
- Explain the purpose of the different parts of a specified stable complex.
- Describe three routine stable tasks, including mucking out.
- Develop a checklist for assessing the design of a stable.
- Evaluate a specific stable against the assessment checklist you developed.
- Plan a stable routine for a specified horse, in a specified stable.
- Explain why bedding is necessary for domesticated horses.
- Compare alternative bedding systems, including different drainage and absorbent systems.alt
- Describe the bedding chores carried out in a specified horse care situation.
- Recommend an appropriate bedding system for two different specified situations.
- Collect four examples of bedding material suitable for use by a racing horse in a stable.
- Describe the structure of a healthy horse's foot, as observed by you.
- Describe three potential problems with the horse's foot.
- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of shoeing horses.
- Select appropriate horse shoes for six different specified situations, from a series of labeled drawings or photographs of different types of shoes.
- Describe the process of shoeing a horse, including:
- removing an old shoe
- preparing the hoof
- fitting the new shoe
- nailing on
- finishing off.
- Distinguish between soft and hard condition of a horse.
- Explain the principles of fittening for a horse coming off grass and being prepared for racing.
- Develop exercise routines for horses in three different specified situations, including:
- racing stables
- a child's pony
- mare with foal.
- Implement a fittening schedule for a specified type of horse over a period of at least two months.
- Analyse the results of a fittening schedule applied to a specific horse.
- List the different items of tack equipment that would be required by two different specified horse enterprises.
- Label the features of three different items of tack on unlabelled diagrams.
- Describe the use of two different specified items of tack.
- Develop procedures for the management of tack in a specified horse enterprise, including:
- use repair/replacement
- Compare the different types of fencing used for horses, including:
- barbed wire
- timber post and rail
- Determine the facilities required for different types of horse enterprises, including:
- riding schools
- stud farms
- racing stables.
- Describe the facilities for showing horses at two specific locations, including:
- an agricultural showground
- a sales facility.
- Evaluate the design of a horse farm visited by you, for a specified application.
- Prepare a design, including one or more sketch plans, of a stable for a specified application.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice