Horse Care II: Equine Herd Health Management Online Course

Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Qualification Certificate
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email

About this course

This course provides a study of equine health management and disease prevention. Lessons will include discussions on the principles of disease and disease transmission, as well as normal health parameters and signs of disease in horses. Additional topics to be presented include common infectious diseases, considerations for effective vaccination programs, parasite control and management, digestive system disorders and miscellaneous diseases affecting the skin and respiratory system. The course concludes with discussions regarding wound management and first aid.

This is a stand-alone course that does not require a prerequisite and can be taken alongside Horse Care I and III.

Course Aims:

  • Analyse the feeding requirements and feeding techniques available for horse husbandry
  • Develop a stable management program for horses
  • Explain the management procedures necessary to fulfil the bedding requirements of horses
  • Explain the management and care of horses feet
  • Implement management procedures for the conditioning of horses
  • Describe the procedures used for managing the tack requirements of horses
  • Explain the management, including design and applications of facilities used in the horse industry


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Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 7 lessons in this course:

1. Review of Disease

  • Nature of Disease
  • Types of Disease
  • Disease Transmission
  • Limiting the Spread of Disease
  • Disease Resistance/Defense Mechanisms
  • Immune Response
  • Types of Immunity

2. Normal Health Parameters & Signs of Disease

  • Normal Health Parameters
  • Assessing Health Status
  • Body Condition Scoring
  • Disease Prevention and Control

3. Common Infectious Diseases

  • Impact of Infectious Diseases
  • Common Viral Diseases
  • Common Bacterial Diseases
  • Effective Vaccination Programs
  • Reportable/Notifiable Infectious Diseases

4. Parasite Management

  • Introduction to Parasites
  • Common External Parasites
  • Common Internal Parasites
  • Protozoa Parasites in the Horse
  • Parasite Control Program Goals
  • Use of Anthelmintics
  • General Management Recommendations

5. Digestive System Disorders

  • Review of the Equine Digestive Tract
  • General Signs of Digestive Disease
  • Disorders of the Digestive System
  • Disorders of the Mouth
  • Disorders of the Esophagus
  • Disorders of the Stomach
  • Disorders of the Small and Large Intestines
  • Diarrhea Management
  • Colic Management

6. Miscellaneous Diseases

  • Factors Contributing to Loss of Use
  • Structure and Function of the Skin
  • Disorders of the Skin
  • Function of the Respiratory System
  • Common Non-Infectious Respiratory Disorders
  • Eye Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders

7. Wound Management and First Aid

  • Factors Influencing Risk of Injury
  • Goals of First Aid
  • Types of Wounds
  • Phases of Wound Healing
  • Factors Affecting Wound Healing
  • Wound Management
  • Wound Lavage
  • Bandaging
  • Treatment of Proud Flesh
  • General First Aid Recommendations

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

Course Tutor(s)

Meg Anema

M.Sc. Clinical Sciences (Equine Reproductive Physiology)  B.Sc.  Animal Science (Option: Equine Science) B.Sc.Agricultural Economics

Meg grew up training and showing horses in youth and 4-H programs, and then went on to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics, as well as a Master of Science degree in Equine Reproductive Physiology. In addition to several years of industry experience as a Quarter Horse breeding farm manager and custom A.I. technician, Meg developed and taught for 10 years in a comprehensive, secondary Equine Science Studies Certificate program covering all areas of Equine Science.  Meg considers the horse to be an absolutely incredible athlete and amazing study! Aside from tutoring Careerline's Equine courses Meg has also taught various courses in equine studies including: Equine Nutrition, Equine Herd Health, Equine Sports Medicine, Equine Reproduction, Equine Industry, Principles of Horse Evaluation, Horsemanship, Applied Genetics, Introduction to Veterinary Science, Animal Anatomy & Physiology, Introduction to Animal Science and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.