Course Units - Equine

Diploma of Equine Management Units

Equine Business Systems 1


This Unit covers small business establishment and practices. It involves business planning, discounting, finance, investment and profit and management.

It also focuses on business analysis, resource appraisal, allocation of costs, cash budgeting, cash flow analysis, profit and loss, depreciation, balance sheet, and is assessed by an in-depth case study.

Equine Business Systems 2


This unit includes horse property planning, pasture management and fodder conservation, facilities design and planning. It also covers the marketing aspects of 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.

Human Resource and Information Management


This unit covers principles of communication, report writing, study skills, time management, stress management, conflict resolution and negotiation skills, letters, resumes and employment interviews and public speaking. Also involves occupational health and safety, workplace legislation, staff recruitment, selection and induction, staff motivation, training and performance review.  This Unit also deals with computer systems, internet and email, word processing, spread sheets, databases, PowerPoint presentations, web page design and horse industry application software.

Equine Science 1


This is a comprehensive unit which involves 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, lameness - conditions and diagnosis, 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.

Equine Science 2


This unit develops knowledge of the principles of genetics, stud management practices and general nutrition and feeding, as well as exploring 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.

Enquine Business Management

Special Interest Study Contract (SISC)

Each student develops their own independent learning contract in a particular area of interest with the consultation of staff and specialists within the horse industry. 

Industry Training

Eight weeks practical placement in the equine industry.

Equine Husbandry and Management


Involves applying occupational health and safety procedures, emergency procedures, horse and human first aid, horse identification/description, record keeping, grooming, presentation, gear and equipment, bandaging and stable routine and management.  It also covers horse health and condition, applying horse health procedures, assessing hoof condition and applying basic farrier techniques and horse dentistry.

This unit incorporates 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.

Horse Industry Elective

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 NCAS 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


This elective involves developing personal riding skills, riding and training for equestrian competition, 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

Deals with 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.