Senior Horsemaster’s Course 1

    The course is designed to:

    • Provide students with a good overview of horse management and care.
    • Expand on the subjects covered in BSM (please note, it is not mandatory to complete BSM before starting SHM1 – see entry criteria).
    • Prepare students for progression onto the Senior Horsemaster’s Course 2 (SHM2). (Please note, it is not mandatory to complete SHM 1 before starting SHM 2 – see entry criteria).

    SHM 1 is ideal for:

    • Those involved in horse care who would like to further enhance their knowledge in the care and management of horses
    • Anyone who is looking to start a career with horses
    • Preparation for BHS Stages 2 and 3 or the Pearson (BTEC) Level 3 Diploma in Horse Management

    Course Accreditation

    Academic Level:

    Further Education Level 2 and 3

    Number of Modules:

    9

    Study Hours per Module:

    10

    Total Hours:

    90

    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 assignments. Referring to the course material, you work through the assignments at your own pace and submit each in turn for marking and assessment.  Your work is assessed by qualified tutors, graded where appropriate and returned to you with detailed feedback.

     

    You will also be provided with a Practical Skills Workbook, which details the practical skills needed. You record satisfactory attainment of each skill listed and seek verification of the achievement by an experienced colleague or friend.

     

    You may choose to attend the optional study week at TOCES’ yard in Suffolk.

    • Aged 14 or more – there is no upper age limit
    • Interested in learning more about horse care and management

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    Module/Unit Details

    • Module 1 The Stabled Horse

      The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s knowledge of:
      – Stable construction
      – Daily routines
      – Bedding choices
      – Mucking out
      – Handling and grooming
      – Boots and bandaging
      – Horse clothing
      – Behavioural abnormalities
      – Conformation

    • Module 2 The Grass Kept Horse

      The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s knowledge of:
      – The paddock e.g. fencing, safety, shelter,
      – Suitable watering arrangement
      – Grasses, fertilisation and pasture management
      – Suitable care of grass
      – Common ailments e.g. laminitis, sweet itch, cracked heels and mud fever

    • Module 3 Equine Nutrition

      The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s knowledge of:
      – The equine digestive tract and digestion
      – The rules of feeding and watering
      – The constitutes of feed stuffs and nutritional values
      – Calculating rations
      – Internal parasites

    • Module 4 Horse Health

      The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s knowledge of:
      – The signs of good and ill health
      – Preventative medicine and vaccinations
      – Maintaining health
      – Hygiene
      – Teeth, ageing and care
      – Inherent behaviour

    • Module 5 Saddlery

      The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s knowledge of:
      – The care and fitting of various items of tack
      – Bits and bitting
      – Health problems associated with ill-fitting tack

    • Module 6 The Foot, Shoeing and Lameness

      The aims of this module is to develop learners’ knowledge of:
      – The anatomy of the lower leg and foot
      – Reasons for shoeing
      – The shoeing procedure
      – Lameness recognition and the identification and treatment of the cause

    • Module 7 Anatomy and Physiology

      The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s knowledge of:
      – The skeleton – bones, joints, tendons and ligaments
      – Muscular structure and function
      – Cardiovascular systems, structure and function
      – Respiratory systems, structure and function
      – The urinary systems
      – The nervous and sensory systems

    • Module 8 Fittening the Horse

      The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s knowledge of:
      – Fittening programmes including interval training
      – Lungeing
      – The care requirements before, during and after competition
      – Travelling, loading and unloading

    • Module 9 General Knowledge

      The aim of this module is to develop the learner’s knowledge of:
      – Accident prevention in the stable, yard, field, when loading, when travelling and whilst riding
      – Fire prevention and action
      – Manual Handling
      – Personal protective equipment and clothing
      – The accident report book
      – The Health and Safety at Work Act 1994

    Enrolment

    Full Payment

    £175

    • Online access to all course material and assignments
    • Tutor support

    Pay as You Learn

    £67 Initial Fee

    • Four further payments of £27
    • Online access to all course material and assignments
    • Tutor support

    FAQs

    • Enrolment and Fees

      Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year

      Following enrolment you will be provided with access onto out online E-Learning Centre where you will find all of your course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

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