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Equestrian Australia

Introductory Horse Management Course

The Introductory Horse Management course delivers knowledge necessary for all horse owners to own a horse safely. It is of great benefit to any parent thinking of purchasing a pony for their children or parents already with horses and ponies who want to understand more.

We have a saying… “You don’t know what you don’t know till you realise you don’t know it!!”

Our course runs from 10am-4pm, one Saturday each month for 6 months, with the final month being the assessment. The day consists of theory discussion and practical application of the day’s learning.

A horse is required for the assessment. If you do not have your own horse, please let us know if we need to provide one for you for the duration of the assessment.

To join us in this amazing course please clink on the button below to fill out a booking form to confirm your spot in the course.

The course covers the following:

Unit 1: General Horsemanship and Safety
  • Horse identification

  • Horse handling

  • Horse behaviour

  • How to care for horses in a stable or a paddock

  • How to ensure safety in the stable complex and paddock

  • Unit 2: Tack
  • Saddle types, purposes, and parts of the saddle

  • The bridle, parts of and purposes (of different nosebands/bits etc)

  • Martingale, cruppers & breastplates

  • Care & Cleaning

  • Rugs, Boots and Saddle Cloths

  • Respiratory Infections/Problems

  • Unit 3: Health & Fitness
  • Signs of good health

  • Azoturia & Tying Up

  • Colic

  • Laminitis

  • Worming

  • Strangles & Tetanus

  • Skin Conditions

  • Respiratory Infections/Problems

  • Lameness

  • When to call the Vet

  • Unit 4: Feeding
  • The rules of feeding

  • Feed Types & properties

  • Feed Quality

  • Poisonous weeds

  • Feed Storage

  • Haynets

  • Paddock features & management

  • Unit 5: Hoof Care, Grooming and Travelling
  • Hoof Care

  • Basic Shoeing

  • The value of grooming

  • Grooming equipment

  • Washing a horse

  • Travelling a horse

  • Prices

    Upfront Fee: $1220 (including EA Introductory Horse Management Manual)

    Payment Plan: 6 fortnightly payments of $236

    Horse Hire Fee: $110 for assessment use

    Days run from 10am – 4pm

    SATURDAY dates for Semester 1, 2023 are:

  • 28th January

  • 25th February

  • 1st April

  • 29th April

  • 27th May

  • Assessment 24th June

  • Reviews

    “I already had an Advanced Diploma in Horse Management from years ago and I have been working in Racing for just over a decade in senior roles. I wanted to complete the EA courses in a path towards the EA coaching qualifications, and I found the course refreshing and in depth. I thought it may be a waste of time considering my previous experience, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It taught me many things I hadn’t realised I didn’t know yet. It was aimed at all skill levels from beginners to the experienced, with an inclusive learning environment. I appreciated the teacher’s comprehension of each topic, the slides providing the theory and the lovely horses to learn from when we did our practical exercises. I highly recommend this course to any horse lover that wishes to own a horse one day, or to any who already do.” 



    “I have been so amazed by the amazing lessons Leanne Has given me. I was ready to give up on my horse after years of issues and can’t believe the change after 6 lessons. The horse management course is excellent too. Words can not express my gratitude to be able to do my instructors course or Leanne for her lessons”



    “I participated in the EA Introductory of Horse Management Course at Avoca Park earlier this year. I cannot say enough how beneficial this course is to anyone who is wanting to have their own horse one day, or even to someone who is or wanting to work with horse. When I did the course, it made me realise how much I didn’t know about horse care and that it isn’t all just black and white. I am so glad I did this course as all the information I obtained is helping me out so much with working with horses and caring for them. I can now look at a horse and identify if something is wrong whereas before I found it quite difficult. The people who take these courses are wonderful people and do everything they can to help you better understand all the information they are giving you, they make sure you understand the information you are being given as well as allowing you to physically practice what you are learning with the facilities and equipment they have at Avoca Park. Overall, it was a spectacular experience that I learnt so much from and I highly recommend doing these courses at Avoca Park”