Mon - Fri | 9am - 6pm GMT

Stable Management Diploma

Stable Management Diploma

Owning and caring for a horse is great fun and immensely rewarding.

Whether you are looking for an equine career or simply want to care for your own horse, this course is for you. As is the case with almost every career path, having the right qualifications can help you get further up the ladder. So, sign up for this course and expand your knowledge in the equestrian industry and enhance your employability by gaining a good foundation of the field.

What will I learn?

You will acquire the vital information needed to operate a stable efficiently and learn many aspects of looking after your horse or horses, including horse psychology and exercise.


This course will equip new or prospective horse owners with every aspect of Stable Management

  • Understand the differences between the early and modern horse.
  • Identify the equipment used in handling horses.
  • Understand how to safely handle horses.
  • Identify the factors to consider when buying a horse.
  • Identify the different breeds of horses and markings.
  • Understand the basic anatomy of a horse.
  • Learn the term conformation.
  • Evaluate the various types of stabling.
  • Summarise the ideal stabling conditions.
  • Identify the most common ticks and vices.
  • Recognise the importance of routine to a horse and rider.
  • Learn about the types of bedding materials.
  • Understand the cleaning and managing that is involved in mucking out.
  • Understand the importance of managing a muck heap correctly.
  • Understand the passage of food through the horse.
  • Explore the different basic nutrients found in horse feed.
  • Understand the principles of watering.
  • Understand the principles of feeding.
  • Evaluate the different foodstuffs in each of the groups of feeds.
  • Recognise how seed hay and meadow hay differ.
  • Understand what you must look for when buying hay.
  • Look at the advantages and disadvantages of feeding oats to horses.
  • Understand what is required in terms of a paddock for a grass-kept horse.
  • Identify general management procedures to maintain a healthy and happy horse.
  • Ascertain the process of ‘roughing off’.
  • Understand the structure and functions of a horses skin.
  • Discover the reasons for grooming.
  • Identify the tools and equipment required for grooming.
  • Understand the various types and times of grooming.
  • Understand the structure of the foot.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of shoeing.
  • Identify the tools required for shoeing.
  • Identify the different types of shoes.
  • Understand the difference between exercise and conditioning.
  • Understand how to plan a programme for exercise and conditioning.
  • Explore the purpose and principle of the bit.
  • Identify the different types of saddle.
  • Look at the causes of sore backs.
  • Discover how the cleaning of riding equipment is carried out.
  • Identify the different types of blanket.
  • Learn why bandages are used.
  • Learn how boots are used and why.
  • Recognise signs of a healthy horse.
  • Identify the signs that a horse may be unwell.
  • Recognise common ailments.
  • Recognise an emergency condition.
  • Understand sick nursing rules and procedures.
  • Identify common ailments of horses.
  • Look at ways of prevention.
  • Learn how to recognise a lame leg.
  • Learn how to recognise other areas of lameness.
  • Recognise unsoundness of wind.
  • Discover why it is necessary to clip a horse.
  • Explain how to prepare a horse for clipping.
  • Analyse the differences between a switch tail and a banged tail.
  • Learn how to prepare to a horse to travel.
  • Learn how to load and unload the horse into the trailer.
  • Understand what preparation the horse should have prior to, and after the show.


  • No Pre-requisite.
  • You will gain an endorsed Diploma for your portfolio.
  • Readily available for you to access online from anywhere.
  • At the end of each unit there is a multiple choice question assessment, which is a great way to help you remember the main points of each lesson and confirmation that you have retained the essential knowledge.
  • Enhance your career prospects within the industry.
  • Buying a horse
  • Conformation
  • Stabling
  • Why bedding is necessary
  • The digestive system and principles of feeding and watering
  • Grass kept horse and pasture management
  • The skin
  • The foot and shoeing
  • Exercise and conditioning
  • Tack and biting
  • Blankets, bandages and boots
  • Sick nursing
  • Minor ailments
  • Unsoundness and related minor ailments
  • Clipping, trimming and plaiting
  • Travelling and care of the horse at a show
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
1 gigahertz (GHz)
1 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 6 or above
Mozilla Firefox
Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android



Your query is submitted.
Learn more about how we use your data
Go on Top