Diploma of Horse Industry Management - Performance Horse (91338NSW)


This course helps students develop the skills required to manage a small to medium sized equine business such as an agistment centre, training centre, eco-tourist enterprise or transport company, or work in a management capacity in a larger equine enterprise. Students will learn how to manage equine nutrition, health, welfare, reproduction and conditioning/training as well as apply exercise physiology and training methodologies to ensure that maximum performance is gained from the horses being cared for. Students will also learn about business administration, finances, farm and facility management, human resource management and marketing. Graduates will be able to carry out a range of duties involved in managing the handling, feeding, grooming and caring for performance horses being prepared for competition events.

Entry Requirements:

Certificate III in Horse Industry Practice - Performance Horse or equivalent, and a current Senior First Aid Certificate


15 core units; at least 3 specialist units; at least 3 electives

Subjects you can Study:

Core: Maintain financial records; Ensure a safe workplace; Manage environmental performance; Manage risk; Set up a business or records system for a small office; Undertake financial planning; Undertake business planning; Process business tax requirements; Manage legal aspects of horse enterprises; Manage horse health using selected therapies; Evaluate horse conformation; Manage equine nutrition; Manage fitness in horses; Develop livestock health and welfare strategies; Manage the implementation of an emergency disease or plant pest control program. Specialist: Supervise maintenance of machinery and equipment; Plan and implement a chemical use program; Establish pastures and crops for livestock production; Design livestock handling/accommodation facilities; Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies. Electives: Supervise maintenance of machinery and equipment; Plan and implement a chemical use program; Develop teams and individuals; Promote team effectiveness; Manage personal work priorities and professional development; plus more.

Study Pathways:

Credit transfer into the Diploma of Agriculture (Specialising in Horse Breeding). Graduates may also be eligible to negotiate articulation into Degree programs offered through Charles Sturt University.

Related Careers:

Stablehand, Track Rider,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Western Sydney - Richmond No info No Full time 2 years
Western Sydney - Richmond No info No Part time

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