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Telford Certificate in Equine (Level 4) - Telford

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4
Dates:

2019 Semester 1: 05 August to 13 December

Duration:

17 weeks, full time

Location: Telford
Credits: 60

The Telford Certificate in Equine covers topics such as Equine Health, Nutrition, and Agricultural Skills, as well as a range of practical skills and knowledge specific to the student's preferred industry sector. 

This programme prepares you to enter the Equine industry in roles such as rider, coach, groom, stable worker, or breeding assistant

Students can specialise in a specific strand:

  • Sporthorse (riding or coaching)
  • track riding
  • harness racing
  • breeding


Graduates of this programme will:

  • be able to work in the equine sector with a minimum of supervision, through a range of core activities, and with an industry-acceptable level of productivity and competence - showing initiative and a sense of responsibility. 
  • be competent and responsible with farm machinery and equipment 
  • know the important and daily activities on involved in stable practice and be able to work through these in an organised manner 
  • be able to organise various activities and identify possible factors and causes of problems, with possible solutions - including feeding regimes, equine health matters, use of fencing 
  • know what needs to be communicated to the supervisor about aspects of the property - activities to be done, hazards and incidents, status of the animals. 

Equine Health

Preliminary knowledge of the recognition, prevention and treatment of diseases in horses; quarantine procedures (sick, injured, new horses to the stable); data management for equine records (breeding and training records); well-being of horses (wild/feral and domesticated behavioural patterns);  first aid (wound treatments, changing dressings, bandaging – figure-8 around joints, emergency procedures, assisting a vet and care of convalescing horse); 

  • Sporthorse/Racing Strands: To provide knowledge of sports related injuries, respiratory and cardio diseases, and basic skills in evaluating sound and unsound conformational traits; developing skills in using a heart rate monitor 
  • Breeding Strand: To provide basic knowledge of reproductive health; stages of foaling, and neonatal care of foals 

Equine Nutrition

Gain skills and knowledge in determining feed rations and nutritional energy values; equine grazing systems; feed budgets

  • Feed rations (specific feeds for different horse needs)
  • nutritional energy values and supplements
  • body conditioning scores
  • equine grazing systems (paddock rotation, break feeding,  plate meters to measure pasture growth)
  • feed budgets (costings, comparisons, working within a budget) 

Agricultural Skills

To provide skills in livestock handling, production, and knowledge of managing the grazing of livestock; electric fencing; power tools; tractor skills involving towing an implement; shelter belts; basic welds 
 Summary Content Livestock handling, production and knowledge of managing the grazing of livestock with horses; tractor skills involving towing an implement; knowledge of basic principles of shelter belts and suitable trees; basic skills in electric fencing for equine grazing, welding and use of power tools 
  • Livestock handling, production
  • knowledge of managing the grazing of livestock with horses
  • tractor skills involving towing an implement
  • knowledge of basic principles of shelter belts and suitable trees
  • basic skills in electric fencing for equine grazing
  • welding and use of power tools 

 

ELECTIVES

Industry Strand 1 - Sporthorse

Exercise physiology (heart, lung, bone and muscle conditioning); using the heart rate monitor to plan a training programme for own horse; developing a health and training plan for rider fitness; lunging and long reining to improve performance (including over trotting poles); designing, building and assessing a simple course; show  jumping a minimum of 90 cm and maximum of 1.10 metres and jumping over cross country fences of a minimum of 60 cm and maximum of 80 cm; planning, implementing and evaluating introductory coaching lessons for riders (Coaches); working with young horses (handling, breaking in, exercising) (Riders) 

Industry Strand 2 – Track Riding

Track riding, including riding and exercising a horse on a training track, and over jumps 50-60 cm; working with young horses (handling, breaking in, exercising); exercise physiology (heart, lung, bone and muscle conditioning, thermoregulation, anaerobic and aerobic respiration); using the heart rate monitor to plan a training programme for a horse; fitness of rider (developing a health and training programme); knowledge of the thoroughbred racing industry structure (governing bodies, organizations including racing clubs, rules of racing, prohibited substances, Thoroughbred Racing Monthly) and knowledge of racing bylaws 

Industry Strand 3 – Harness Racing 

An introduction to harness racing; exercise physiology (heart, lung, bone and muscle conditioning, thermoregulation, anaerobic and aerobic respiration); using the heart rate monitor to plan a training programme for a horse; fitness of rider (developing a health and training programme); knowledge of the harness racing industry structure (governing bodies, organizations including racing clubs, rules of racing, prohibited substances), and handling and exercising young horses 

Industry Strand 4 – Breeding

Stallion management, mare and foal management, assisting with foaling procedures and neonatal care, teasing mares, breeding systems and management of pre and post breeding procedures; thoroughbred racing industry structure (structure, organizations, prohibited substances, racing rules); equine genetics (including evaluating horses’ conformation), phenotypes and selection procedures; knowledge of pregnancy diagnosis, oestrus detection

 

*Graduates will be able to work with a minimum of supervision through a range of core activities. Achievement based assessment for Telford learning outcomes; competency based assessment for NQF learning outcomes.

 

Course Fees:

  • NZ Domestic Student: $2,352.00
  • Student Levy Fee: $240.00 (compulsary)
  • Vet Credit: $375.00
  • Grazing for own / leased horse: $680.00
  • Lease Horse (per term, optional): $675.00

 

Telford Certificate in Equine (Level 3) or equivalent academic and practical experience.

  • Those choosing the Sporthorse Industry Strand must have the ability to jump 70 cm (both show jumps and cross country fences) upon course entry.
  • Those choosing the Track Riding Industry Strand must have the ability to jump 50 - 60 cm (cross country fences). 

Applicants wishing to be admitted to this programme that do not hold the Telford Certificate in Equine (Level 3) should submit an enrolment and request an interview for application approval.

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