Horse Ownership Stage 4

Module 1 – Anatomy and Physiology
Structure and functions of the systems of the horse.

Module 2 – Grassland Management
Grasses, soil, fertilisers, re-seeding, drainage.  Pasture management.  Hay-making – types and methods.

Module 3 – Equine Nutrition
Nutrients.  Constituents of feedstuffs.  Rationing – riding school horses, hunters, competition horses.

Module 4 – Equine Veterinary Care
Sick nursing – feeding and management of the horse on box rest.  Isolation procedure.  Disorders and diseases. Remedial shoeing - types of remedial shoe and their uses.

Module 5 – The Teeth and Ageing
Structure of teeth.  Ageing characteristics.  Structure of the mouth.  Problems associated with poor mouth conformation.

Module 6 – Tack and Equipment
Basic principles of fitting saddles, (dressage, jumping, cross-country, general purpose) and bridles (snaffle, double bridle). The uses of specific bits and gadgets (draw reins, balancing reins, Market Harborough, De Gogue) and the ways in which they work.

Module 7 – Equine Behaviour
Basic psychology and instinctive behaviour.  Causes of stress in the horse. Stable vices – their cause and control.

Module 8 – The British Horse Society
The BHS and its departments and structure.  BHS qualification system and Register of Instructors.

Module 9 – Accident Procedure
Accident procedure.  Legal obligations of an instructor.  The Health and Safety at Work Act 1994.  Fire prevention and action to take in the event of fire.  The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).

Knowledge of the main systems in the horse (Respiration, Reproduction, Digestive,Immune, etc.), their function and common problems associated with these systems,(COPD, Colic etc.)
Knowledge of various grasses, conditions for growth and beneficial properties.Procedures for improving pasture i.e. drainage, cross grazing, re-seeding, fertilisersetc. Calendar of management for grassland. Haymaking
- types and methods.Vitamins/Minerals - difference between them and why they may be deficient in the diet.Name main vitamins/minerals and their uses.
Weights and types of feed available for:Riding School horses, Hunters, Competition Horses, etc.
Knowledge of structure of the tooth and ageing characteristics. Description of structure of the mouth and common problems that may result from poor conformation of this.
Name and structure of different types of remedial shoes. Give description of thecondition under which these shoes may be used and the way in which they affectimprovement/relief
.List the basic principles of sick nursing and the reasons/conditions for implementingthese. Describe the way in which these principles may help to reduce severity of acondition/injury and any problems that may arise as a result.
Outline the basic principles of fitting various saddles (dressage, jumping, cross-country, general purpose) and bridles (snaffle, double bridle). Describe the uses ofspecific ‘bits’ and gadgets, (draw reins, balancing reins, Market Harborough, DeGouge, etc.) and the way in which they work.
List common stable vices and their possible causes. Also suggested ways to stop suchvices and the preventative steps that can be taken to limit these.
A general knowledge of the BHS and its Departments, Structure etc. Awareness of theBHS qualifications system and BHS Register of Instructors

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