Course Units

Diploma of Equine Management
Year 1

Introduces the principles of business communication, report writing, study skills, time management, stress management, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Develop the professional skills of letter writing, resumes, employment interviews and public speaking. Understand occupational health and safety, workplace legislation, staff recruitment, selection and induction, staff motivation, training and performance review. Apply common business software in practical applications

Develop the skills of assessing and monitoring horse health – clinical examination, pre-purchase inspection, horse first aid, principles of disease control, vaccination and parasite control programs, basic anatomy, conformation and conformation analysis and lameness. Understand the conditions and diagnosis of quarantine and epidemiology, blood components and blood tests, drug regulations and uses, skin diseases and wound management, digestive system and digestive disorders, respiratory system and respiratory disorders, neurological and eye disorders, disorders of urinary systems, castration, foal disorders, medicine and surgery and a veterinary case study.

Develop knowledge of the principles of genetics, stud management practices and general nutrition and feeding. Explore exercise physiology, training techniques and alternative therapies / therapeutic techniques.

Practical Thoroughbred Stud Placement

Three weeks work experience in the stud industry. The practical placement can be undertaken in Australia or overseas.

Understand small business establishment and practices. Business planning, finance, and profit management. Develop skills in business analysis, resource appraisal, allocation of costs, cash book, cash budgeting and cash flow analysis. Prepare standard financial reports to assist in business planning case studies.

Develop the skills of horse property planning, pasture management and fodder conservation, facilities design and planning. Introduces the principles of marketing in an equine business.

International Tour

The course curriculum is enhanced by a major international study tour to New Zealand encompassing all aspects of the New Zealand equine industry.

Special Interest Contract (SISC)

Develop an individual and independent learning contract in a particular area of interest in consultation with staff and specialists within the equine industry.

Industry Training

Eight weeks practical placement in the equine industry.

Apply occupational health and safety procedures, emergency procedures, horse and human first aid, horse identification, record keeping, grooming, presentation, gear and equipment, bandaging and stable routine and management. Apply the principles of horse health and condition, horse health procedures, assessing hoof condition, basic farrier techniques and horse dentistry. Understand the principles of horse behaviour, basic handling behaviour, horse transport techniques, handling foals, weanlings and yearlings, yearling preparation and the education of a young horse.

Both elective units incorporate horse industry structure, horse sport administration and event management, buying and selling horses and career development. There is also the opportunity to undertake EA Riding, Horse Management and Coaching Certificates and/or Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stable Hand). These qualifications will enhance employment opportunities.

Equestrian and Sport Horse Training Elective

Develop personal riding skills, riding and training for equestrian competition. Understand schooling techniques, equestrian competition and the role of regulatory organisations, types of competition, rules and regulations, planning a competition schedule, preparing the horse and rider for competition including sports psychology, fitness and conditioning, sport horse bloodlines and pedigree analysis, teaching and coaching riding.


Racing and Thoroughbred Breeding Elective

Understand the Australian racing industry’s structure and regulations, racing administration, licensing requirements, racing calendar, classes of races, handicapping, training for racing by analysing and designing training programs, planning racing programs, syndication and leasing, the Australian breeding industry and its structure and regulations, the role of the Australian Stud Book, the principles of stud breeding, bloodlines and pedigree analysis and stallion marketing and promotion