Basic Stable Management

    The course is designed to provide:

    BSM is ideal for:

    • Inexperienced students from the age of 13 years
    • Students at the start of training with little or no experience of horse-care
    • A ‘returning to horses’ student – perhaps you rode years ago and are a bit rusty?
    • ‘Non-horsey’ parents of pony-mad children
    • Preparation for BHS Horse Knowledge and Care Stages 1 and 2

    Course Accreditation

    Academic Level:

    Further Education Level 1

    Number of units/modules:

    10

    Study Hours per Unit:

    10

    Total Hours: 

    100

    Course Duration: 

    Maximum of 12 months to complete course requirements

    Study Week Requirements:

    Optional Stable Management Study Week

    Upon enrolment students are provided with access onto our online E-Learning Centre where they will find all of their course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

     

    The course is divided into modules which consist of:

    • Detailed illustrated text.
    • In-text questions to answer and in-text activities to complete as students work through their course material. Separate answer sheets are provided at the end of each module.

     

    Over the course of the programme you will complete five work assignments.  Referring to the course material, you complete the assignments at your own pace and submit each in turn for marking and assessment.  Your work is assessed by qualified tutors, graded and returned to you with detailed feedback.

     

    You are also provided with a Practical Skills Workbook, which details the practical skills needed. You will record attainment of each skill listed in the Skills Workbook and seek verification of the achievement by a knowledgeable colleague or friend.  You may choose to attend the Optional *study week at TOCES’ yard in Suffolk.

     

    *Please note the course fees excludes the study week fee.

    • Minimum age 13 – there is no upper age limit
    • Interested in learning more about horse care and management

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    Module/Unit Details

    • Module 1 Anatomy and Physiology

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to:

      – Colours and markings of horses
      – Basic physiology – skeleton, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments
      – Points of the horse and conformation
      – Teeth and ageing

    • Module 2 Care of the Stabled Horse

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to:

      – Stable construction
      – Daily routines
      – Bedding choices
      – Mucking out
      – Handling and grooming
      – Bandaging
      – Plaiting, trimming and clipping

    • Module 3 Care of the Grass Kept Horse

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to:

      – The paddock e.g. fencing and safety
      – Suitable watering arrangements
      – Poisonous plants
      – Suitable shelter
      – General care
      – Common ailments e.g. laminitis, sweet itch, cracked heels and mud fever

    • Module 4 Feeding

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to

      – The digestive tract
      – Basic digestion
      – The rules of feeding
      – Types of feedstuffs
      – Food preparation including hay
      – How much to feed
      – Sample feed charts
      – Feed related disorders
      – Internal parasites

    • Module 5 Saddlery

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to:

      – The care and fitting of various items of tack
      – Bits and bitting
      – Tacking up and untacking
      – Health problems associated with ill-fitting tack

    • Module 6 The Foot, Shoeing and Lameness

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to:

      – The structure of the foot
      – The shoeing procedure
      – Recognising a well shod foot
      – Types of shoes and studs
      – Causes and treatment of lameness

    • Module 7 Horse Health

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to:

      – Signs of good and ill health
      – Preventative medicine and vaccinations
      – Sick nursing
      – The isolation procedure
      – The equine first aid kit
      – Administration of medicine
      – When to call the vet

    • Module 8 Equine Veterinary Care

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to:

      – Wound treatment and dealing with bleeding
      – Circulatory and respiratory systems, functions and disorders
      – Ailments affecting the skin, eyes and mouth
      – Strangles, influenza and tetanus

    • Module 9 Fittening the Horse

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to:

      – Movement and action
      – Exercise including schooling, lungeing
      – Fitness work
      – Preparation for competition
      – Travelling a horse
      – Care of the competition horse
      – Roughing off at the end of a season
      – Types of competition

    • Module 10 Safety

      The aim of this module is to introduce learners to:

      – Accident prevention
      – Safety in the stable, yard, field, when loading, travelling and whilst riding
      – Basic road safety
      – Fire prevention and the actions to take in the event of a fire
      – Manual handling including safe lifting techniques
      – Personal protective equipment and clothing

    Enrolment

    Full Payment

    Pay as You Learn

    £54 Initial Fee

    • Four further payments of £24