Course list

All the courses on offer are available to anyone interested in horses, whether you are studying to increase your own knowledge or to achieve national qualifications.

Horses & Courses aim to make all our courses accessible to everyone interested in horses.  With this aim in mind we have designed our courses to be clear and 'student friendly' but also comprehensive and informative, including the latest research and findings.

You can study at your own pace and take up to a year to achieve your study goal. 

We provide all course materials in pdf format on a CD that can be read directly from your computer or printed off to study.  Alternatively course materials can be downloaded from our Virtual Learning Environment.

We can also provide paper versions of our work packs for an additional fee should you wish to receive your materials in a printed format.  Our courses can also be adapted to meet specific learning requirements.

Our course workpacks are written by experienced professionals and reviewed annually.

For course enquiries or enrolments please call 01234 771882

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  • Shared 30min riding lesson

    Please use this link to pay for a shared 30 minute riding lesson at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre.
    Please contact the centre on 01234 771882 to arrange a lesson before payment.
    Thank you
     

    Course Fee £45ORDER ONLINE
  • Rider Introduction Package

    This offer is for a 2 x 30min one to one riding lessons and a 30min videoed lesson and review session.  Normally priced at 100.00  

    Course Fee £75ORDER ONLINE
  • Introductory Riding Lesson at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre

    This link allows you to pay for a 30min introductory riding lesson at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre.
    Please contact the centre on 01234 771882 to arrange a lesson before payment.
    Thank you
     

    Course Fee £25ORDER ONLINE
  • DIPLOMA IN STABLE DESIGN & YARD MANAGEMENT

    This course complements 'Care of the Stable Kept Horse and Pony' focusing on stable design and how this affects the horse. This is also essential for anyone studying for British Horse Society examinations.

    This course covers:

    • Stable design and the effect of design on the horse
    • Stable construction and features of a safe stable
    • Effective yard management techniques
    • Health and safety on the yard
    • Common ailments
    • Tips for solving common problems in the stable kept horse.


    It is assessed through the completion of a written course assignment. On successful completion of this assignment you receive an Equine Owners Diploma certificate.




    This course is supplied in CD format. Should you prefer to receive a paperbased course please add the additional postage fee to the course payment. This can be found on the online order form.


     

    Course Fee £55ORDER ONLINE
  • DIPLOMA IN PREPARING YOUR HORSE FOR COMPETITION

    This course is ideal for the horse owner who is planning to embark on competing and wants to know how to prepare their horse for competition.


    This course is also of use to anyone studying for British Horse Society Stage 2 and 3 examinations or NVQ.

     


    The course covers;

    • Planning your competition preparation programme
    • Loading,unloading and travelling horses to the competition
    • Grooming, trimming & plaiting
    • Management of your horse before, during and after competition
    • Dealing with problems and minor injury at a competition.

     


    The course is assessed through the completion of a written course assignment. On successful completion of this assignment you receive an Equine Owners Diploma.



     

    This course is supplied in CD format. Should you prefer to receive a paperbased course please add the additional postage fee to the course payment. This can be found on the online order form.


     

    Course Fee £65ORDER ONLINE
  • DIPLOMA IN PASTURE MANAGEMENT

    This is an essential course for anyone who turns out their horses or ponies and needs to understand how to get the most from their pastureland.


    This course covers;

    • Essential requirements of pastureland for horses.
    • How to manage horses when out at grass
    • Pasture management throughout the year to get the most from your grassland
    • Accident prevention in the field.

    It is assessed through the completion of a written course assignment. On successful completion you receive an Equine Owners Diploma.



    This course is supplied in CD format.Should you prefer to receive a paper-based course please add the additional postage fee to the course payment. This can ordered on the online order form.


     

     

    Course Fee £55ORDER ONLINE
  • DIPLOMA IN NUTRITION AND FEEDING OF HORSES

    This course is essential reading for anyone responsible for preparing diets and feeding horses. This course is also of use to anyone studying for British Horse Society Stage 2 and 3 examinations or NVQ.

     

    The course covers;

     

    • Feed habits of grass kept and stabled horse.
    • The principles of feeding & watering.
    • The digestive system and how it relates to care and management of your horse

     

    The course is assessed through the completion of a written course assignment. On successful completion of this assignment you receive an Equine Owners Diploma.


    This course is supplied in CD format. Should you prefer to receive a paperbased course please add the additional postage fee to the course payment. This can be found on the online order form.

     

    Course Fee £65ORDER ONLINE
  • DIPLOMA IN KEEPING HORSES & PONIES AT GRASS

    This is an ideal course for anyone new to caring for horses or ponies.


    The course covers;

     

    • Care of the horse at grass throughout the year
    • Feeding the horse and pony at grass
    • Ailments that affect the horse/ pony at grass.
    • Grooming, trimming, clipping and rugging.


    The course is assessed through the completion of a written course assignment. On successful completion of the course you receive an Equine Owners Diploma.



    This course is supplied in CD format. Should you prefer to receive a paperbased course please add the additional postage fee to the course payment. This can be found on the online order form.

     

    Course Fee £45ORDER ONLINE
  • DIPLOMA IN HORSE INSTINCTS & BEHAVIOUR

    This course is essential reading for anyone working with horses, or who wants to understand why they behave in a certain way and what it means.


     

    This course is also of use to anyone studying for British Horse Society Stage 2 and 3 examinations or NVQ.

     

     


    The course covers;

     

    • Natural instincts and behavioural traits of the horse.
    • How domestication has altered behavioural traits.
    • Methods to minimise stress and behavioural problems in the horse

    The course is assessed through the completion of a written course assignment. On successful completion of this assignment you receive an Equine Owners Diploma.



    This course is supplied in CD format.Should you prefer to receive a paper based course this can be ordered on by checking the additional paper-based version order.


     

    Course Fee £65ORDER ONLINE
  • DIPLOMA IN HORSE CONFORMATION & ACTION

    This course identifies conformation in the horse and explores the effect different conformation has on action, way of going and performance.


     

    This course is ideal for anyone who wants to understand more about how the way their horse is put together effects how they move and their areas of strength and weakness. This understanding helps to avoid conformational ailments and get the best out of your horse.


    The course covers;


    • Identification of conformation.
    • How conformation affects action and way of going.
    • Ideal conformation for different disciplines.
    • Exercises for working with horses with differing conformational weaknesses.
    • Conformational weaknesses and associated aliments


    On successful completion of this assignment you receive an Equine Owners Diploma in Horse Conformation & Action.



     

    This course is supplied in CD format. Should you prefer to receive a paperbased course please add the additional postage fee to the course payment. This can be found on the online order form.

     

    Course Fee £65ORDER ONLINE
  • DIPLOMA IN CARE OF THE STABLED HORSE & PONY

    This course is ideal for the new horse owner or anyone studying for British Horse Society Stage 1 or 2 examinations.

     


    This course covers;

     


    • Reasons for stabling your horse or pony.
    • How to manage the stabled horse through the year.
    • Common stable vices and methods for minimising such vices.
    • Bedding & feeding of the stabled horse or pony.
    • Grooming and rugging, clipping and trimming


    The course is assessed through the completion of a written course assignment. On successful completion of this assignment you receive an Equine Owners Diploma.



    This course is supplied in CD format. Should you prefer to receive a paperbased course please add the additional postage fee to the course payment. This can be found on the online order form.

     

    Course Fee £55ORDER ONLINE
  • DIPLOMA IN HORSE HEALTH

    This course is essential for the horse owner or anyone studying for British Horse Society Stage 1 or 2 examinations.


    It explores how to maintain the health of your horse and minimise the risk of illness and disease.


    This course covers;


    • Natural instincts of the horse and how these are affected by domestication
    • Developing an effective worming programme
    • Monitoring the state of health
    • Sick nursing for the ill horse
    • When to call the vet.


    The course is assessed through the completion of a written course assignment. On successful completion of this assignment you receive an Equine Owners Diploma.



    This course is supplied in CD format. Should you prefer to receive a paperbased course please add the additional postage fee to the course payment. This can be found on the online order form.


     

    Course Fee £65ORDER ONLINE
  • Block of 4 x 30min riding lessons at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre

    Please use this link to pay for 4 x 30minute riding lessons at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre. 
    Please contact the centre on 01234 771882 to arrange a lesson before payment.
    Thank you
     

    Course Fee £100ORDER ONLINE
  • ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN THE SYSTEMS OF THE HORSE

    This course is designed for horse owners who want to understand more about the systems of the horse and how these affect how we care for our horses.


     

    This course is also ideal for anyone studying for British Horse Society examinations or who requires an understanding of horse physiology.

     

    Using a variety of colour illustrated diagrams, it explores the structure and function of the following systems;

    • The eye and vision.
    • The ear and hearing.
    • The digestive system and taste.
    • The skin and touch.
    • The Circulatory system.
    • The Respiratory system.
    • The Nervous System.
    • The Skeletal system.
    • The Musculature.
    • The lower limb & hoof.


    The course moves on to relate these systems to care, management and training of the horse and put the theory into a practical context. On successful completion of this assignment you receive an Equine Owners Advanced Diploma in Systems of the Horse.



    This course is supplied in CD format. Should you prefer to receive a paperbased course please add the additional postage fee to the course payment. This can be found on the online order form.


     

    Course Fee £105ORDER ONLINE
  • ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN HOLISTIC HORSE CARE

    This course provides the horse owner with valuable information on the wide variety of alternative therapies and treatments now available.


    It has been written by a variety of experts to provide an awareness and understanding of the many natural and alternative treatments and approaches currently available to the horse owner.

    This course covers;

    • How owners and riders can take a more holistic approach to horse care.
    • Natural methods that can be used to aid our understanding of our horses and treat ailments and illness.
    • An explanation of how treatments can be used to deal with equine ailments, including Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Massage, Chiropractics, Reiki, and Shiatsu.
    • Information is also provided about how to use these treatments for a range of equine disorders.


    The course concludes by providing a range of natural remedies to current problems. It is assessed through the completion of a written course assignment. On successful completion of this assignment you receive an Equine Owners Advanced Diploma in Holistic Horse Care.



    This course is supplied in CD format. Should you prefer to receive a paperbased course please add the additional postage fee to the course payment. This can be found on the online order form.

    This course can be paid for by three equal monthly instalments using our Standing Order form.

     

    Course Fee £105ORDER ONLINE
  • Additional fee for Paperbased Study Packs

    Please use this link to pay the additional charge if you wish to recieve paperbased Equine Owners study materials. 

    Course Fee £15ORDER ONLINE
  • 45 min Riding Lesson at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre

    This link allows you to pay for a 45 min riding lesson on a school horse at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre. 
    Please contact Thurleigh Equestrian Centre to book a lesson on 01234 771882 and do not pay for a lesson until you have had confirmation of a lesson time. Thank you
     

    Course Fee £45ORDER ONLINE
  • 30min Riding Lesson at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre

    This link allows you to pay for a 30 min riding lesson on a school horse at Thurleigh Equestrian Centre.  Please do not pay for a lesson until you have had confirmation of a lesson time.  

    Course Fee £30ORDER ONLINE
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