Work with Horses & Ponies

Pathway Summary
Pathway Details

The way we care for and manage our horses is constantly evolving, with new methods, equipment and regulations being introduced frequently.

This pathway is essential for those looking to buy or loan a horse for the first time, or for the first time after some years, and has been expertly designed to bring horse owners quickly up to speed with best practice techniques.

We have designed this career pathway to include courses that will help prepare you for working in this sector of the animal care industry. This pathway is made up of the following areas of study:

  • Horse and Pony Care – Parts 1, 2 and Advanced Horse and Pony Care

Our Support Promise

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course –
to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What You’ll Learn

Horse and Pony Care Part 1

Unit 1

  • Evolution
  • Geographical influences
  • Colours or markings
  • Horse or pony
  • Selective breeding

Unit 2

  • Grazing
  • Stabling
  • Feeding and watering
  • Bedding
  • Turnout rugs

Unit 3

  • Five freedoms

Unit 4

  • Grooming
  • Foot care and shoeing
  • Tack care
  • Basic tack fitting
  • Preparation to ride
  • Care after riding
  • Handling and safety

Unit 5

  • Acquiring a horse
  • Home or away?
  • Livery
  • The paperwork
  • The right horse

Horse and Pony Care Part 2

Unit 1

  • The foot and shoeing
  • Common ailments

Unit 2

  • Mental and physical welfare

Unit 3

  • Equipping a horse

Unit 4

  • Clipping, plaiting and turnout

Unit 5

  • Transporting

Advanced Horse and Pony Care

Unit 1

  • Anatomy

Unit 2

  • Conformation

Unit 3

  • Stable vices

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this pathway. Simply study in the comfort of your own home, and in your own time.

Distance learning is designed to be flexible, but as a guide, students who can spend 4-6 hours a week studying tend to complete a single unit within a month.


On successful completion of this pathway you’ll receive the Animal Care College Certificate* in our ‘Work with Horses and Ponies’ programme, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

You will also receive the Certificate of Achievement at Level 3 from ABC Awards and Certa Awards when you complete this course**.

This confirms that you have completed a validated training course at a recognised level of study.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise.

* The Animal Care College Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.

**ABC registration fees included.

What's Next

This pathway will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career in the animal care sector, or better understand your own pet.

Once it’s completed, you may wish to further your study. If that’s the case, we’d suggest:

If you’d like to turn what you’ve learned into a career, or you’re wondering how best to apply it to your existing role, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this pathway. We classify our courses by level to guide students towards the best course based on their experience. However, we strongly believe open study should be just that. If you’re open to challenging yourself, our tutors will be on hand to help.

Course fee & how to enrol

This career pathway combines 3 of our individual courses, providing students with a clear and comprehensive path towards a career in animal care. What’s more, when you take this pathway, you’ll save £190, compared to taking each course on its own.

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £745 in one sum and receive a voucher towards the cost of your next course


Pay a deposit of just £145, followed by 12 instalments of £50