Equine Courses

Advanced Certificate in Equine Studies VAG060

Do you want to become skilled and confident handling horses? Do you want to improve the health and fitness of your horse? 

Working with, or owning, horses means constant care and commitment and there are often many challenges.

Although you may have many years of horse-related experience, every horse is different. You may be starting out in your equine career or owning your first horse, so an understanding of the nature of horses is fundamental to keeping you and them safe and healthy.

This course is designed to give you a complete overview of managing horses effectively and getting the best out of them.  

Training and changing problem behaviours should be at the heart of ground work. Riding and exercising horses comes after gaining respect on the ground.    

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Certificate in Equine Husbandry VAG011

Study Horses and Horse Management

Start a career in equine husbandry; or just follow your passion, improve your knowledge of horses and see where it leads you.

  • Enrol and commence studying anytime
  • Work at your own pace and focus on things of greater interest to you.
  • Great tutors , highly qualified, and with years of experience stand ready to support you every step of the way
  • Teaching equine management since 1992.

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Equine Behaviour BAG216

Horse Training. Learn about horses and their Behaviour

ACS Student Comment:

"[The course] was more in depth than I thought it would be and it was information that I could apply with my own horses. The feedback was very helpful and it was information that could only have been gained from experience with horses. She [tutor] would always answer any questions that I have and always had something positive and helpful to say!" Paula Grima, Australia - Equine Behaviour course

It is assumed that all animal behaviour is an adaptation designed to support survival, either directly or indirectly. However, this is not always the case. Animals can behave self-destructively, out of habit, or out of boredom, just as humans can. To better understand the behaviour, we should also consider what motivates it. The study of equine behaviour provides a foundation for more sensitive and informed care and training of horses, and can help you understand your horse's behaviour, and work more effectively with its inherent nature.

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Equine Health (Horse Care III) BAG302

Learn about Equine Health, Traveling and Horse Shows

Manage the health and condition of horses in different situations. Learn to identify signs of poor condition and ill health, and address the problems appropriately. Understand the things that can stress a horse and increase susceptibility to problems. Learn how to manage situations to minimise risk factors. Consider safety when traveling to horse shows. Discuss boots, rugs and other horse protection. Look at managing horse shows and equine operations.

This course has been designed to complement Horse Care I and Horse Care II – but can be studied as a “stand alone” subject.

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Horse Breeding

Study Horse Breeding to further your career opportunities, or explore your passion in a greater depth.   This is a very solid course. It takes 100 hrs to complete; but it is self paced, so spread your work over many months, or even a couple of years if you wish.   Tutors include qualified experts with decades of experience in the equine industry; some from Australia and others from the UK. 

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Horse Care I BAG 102

Manage the daily requirements of your horse Learn about horse psychology and handling, evaluate conformation, understand the importance of dietary requirements to the horse, learn about the horses digestive system and the principles of feeding and watering your horse. You will also learn to use correct grooming procedures, and develop appropriate horse management procedures. Broaden your existing knowledge of commercial opportunities in the horse world.

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Stable Management (Horse Care 2) BAG204

Learn Stable Management for personal use, professional development, or as a step toward working with horses

It is not always practical to keep a horse solely at grass depending on the individual horses needs and the type of work the horse is required to do. A horse may need to be kept stabled, either periodically or on a more permanent basis, due to the facilities available, quality and availability of grazing, injury or illness, for convenience or for a variety of other reasons.

Horses that are kept confined in a stable for excessively long periods of time can become bored and consequently may become difficult to handle or may develop unwanted ‘stereotypical’ behaviours.

To prevent this happening, it is advisable to allow a horse access to pasture for a number of hours each day. The horse will then have the opportunity to fulfill its natural behaviours of constantly moving around and eating small amounts of food regularly, and socializing with other horses.

If turn out is not available then exercise in hand or under saddle is vitally important. Splitting up exercise periods to two or more sessions in a day is better than just one longer session. This will greatly help to prevent boredom and instances of challenging behavior occurring in the stabled horse.

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