Master Equine Manager Outcomes and Objectives

Master Equine Manager Outcomes
  • To provide in-depth training to horse enthusiast’s in order to increase the knowledge and skill in equine science, care and training.
  • To increase the quality, competitiveness and economic potential of the horse industry.
  • To develop a cadre of knowledgeable equine managers to assist in conducting educational programs and activities.
  • To develop a volunteer network for Youth and 4-H/FFA horse programs.

Welfare of Horses

Understanding Horse Behavior  
Upon Completion of this Unit the Learner will be able to:  
  • Compare the differences between humans and horses in the way they think, see, hear, smell, touch and remember
  • Understand the natural behavior of equines including how the horse perceives its environment and the limitations this presents
  • Examine how horse behavior and environment affects training and management
  • Be able to load and unload horses for transport
  • Understand how a horse uses his survival instinct to cope with daily stresses

  • Describe how the horse perceives its environment and the limitations this presents.
  • Interpret horses' perceptions and instincts in light of their evolutionary history.
  • Explain group behavior and  how to introduce a new horse into an established group
  • Describe common vices and stereotypes
Facilities and Equipment  
  • Evaluate livestock buildings considering animal welfare and working environment
  • Explain the proper environment for housed horses
  • Determine appropriate manure management for facilities
  • Gain knowledge on laws and regulations that apply to animal husbandry
  • Know how to maintain horses when turned out
  • Describe what liability law’s cover

  • Specify the horses’ basic welfare requirements and how to maintain their health and wellbeing
  • Describe common stable fittings
  • State the required ventilation for horses
  • Describe different bedding’s and their uses
  • Describe the different forms of waste and appropriate methods of disposal
  • Describe the suitability of different types of fencing for horses
Equine Quality Assurance
  • Know how horses are used in the world and the relationship of equine welfare to the cost of horse ownership & horse processing
  • Know the principles of maintaining health, safety and security in the workplace
  • Know the reason for following manufacturers’ guidance
  • Understand the importance of record keeping
  • Understand issues related to horse processing
  • Evaluate issues relating to the unwanted horse
  • List specific risks relevant to child safety in the workplace
  • State the correct use of disinfectants



  • Describe fire and accident procedures
  • Identify different types of fire extinguishers and their use
  • State the importance of following manufacturers’ and organizational instructions and the potential consequences and risks of not doing so
  • Describe why it is necessary to interpret medication instructions accurately covering all the following:

    • prescription only medicine

    • over-the-counter products
    • wormers
  • Explain the significance of expiry dates on drugs and medications and safe procedures for disposal


Equine Health

Selection of Horses

Horse Nutrition
Forages for Horses  
  • Determine the quantity and quality of grazing is appropriate for the intended purpose
  • Identify forage types and uses for horse pastures
  • Know how to recognize and evaluate hay

  • Relate how to prepare and maintain grazing land for horses

    • Explain how to improve grazing quality

    • Explain how to maintain a good quality grazing systemAssess the quantity and quality of grazing is appropriate for the intended purpose
  • Understand evaluation of hay and it’s use for feeding horses
Feeds and Feeding  
  • Determine Weight and Condition of the horse
  • Know how to provide feed and water to stabled and grazing horses
  • Understand how to plan diets and implement feeding regimes
  • Know digestive problems horses are prone to encounter
  • Describe normal feeding and drinking habits and behaviors of horses
  • Identify management steps to prevent or minimize gut problems
  • Know how to read a feed ingredient tag

  • List the rules of good feeding and watering practice
  • Describe the digestive process including characteristics of stomach, small intestine and large intestine
  • Explain how the following will affect the planning of feeding programs: horse body weight, age, reproductive stage, level and type of work, type and temperament
Equine Emergency Care  
  • Be able to carry out routine husbandry and monitor health and wellbeing of horses
  • Know how to carry out routine husbandry and monitor the health and well-being of horses
  • Understand different methods for restraining horses
  • Know emergency first-aid techniques
  • Describe how to recognize and treat minor ailments
  • Recognize inflammation and its characteristics
  • Explain cold and warm therapy

  • Identify normal, caution and “red alert” conditions.
  • Describe the signs of health and ill-health in relation to the appearance, posture and movement, behavior and bodily functioning in relationship
  • Describe warning signs of colic and response procedure
  • Describe when a horse health emergency would necessitate the calling of a vet
Diseases and Parasites  
  • Recognize common diseases and vaccination programs for horses
  • Identify symptoms and types of infestation
  • Relate management strategies and/or treatment options that are cost-effective and environmentally friendly

  • Describe common diseases of equine
  • Describe the routine vaccinations required to promote health
  • Contrast internal parasites
  • Describe how to minimize parasitic infestation on grazing land
Hoof Care  
  • Explain the function of the hoof and why general hoof care is important
  • Determine common hoof injuries including abscess & treatment
  • Differentiate between good and incorrect hoof balance for the shod and unshod horse

  • Describe common hoof injuries
  • Identify primary shoeing tools and their purpose
  • Examine and analyze front and rear hoof balance
Selection and Evaluation
  • Recognize and evaluate balance, quality, structural correctness and muscling in the horse
  • Relate a horse’s conformation and gait to the horse’s function, use and health
  • Describe how to identify horses including external points of the horse, colors and markings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of horse anatomy, skeletal and muscular development in relation to conformation

  • Describe the conformation of the horse and its relationship to movement and action
  • Define the purpose of a pre-purchase examination and describe the process


Unsoundness’s and Blemishes  
  • Identify unsoundness’s and blemishes
  • Gain knowledge of the 5 factors causing a horse to develop front leg unsoundness



  • Describe unsound leg conditions (“over at the knee”, “back at the knee”, “bucked shin”, splint, bowed, etc.)



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