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Specialist Course SC4 Horse First Aid + Ailments – home study

Specialist Course SC4 Horse First Aid + Ailments – home study


Fee £58 Course fee
Difficulty Skill Level 1-2
Number of units/modules 2 Modules: 1 delivered on enrolment.
Total Hours 12-15 dependent on student input
Duration Totally flexible - no fixed completion dates
Practical Activities/Research Various hands on activities & research to undertake at home or at the stables
Certificate - optional On completion of final Assessment Paper. Personally signed by author/tutor & posted to your home.

Equine First Aid + common ailments for horse owners .

A search for similar home study courses shows that they are few and far between – especially at such a viable fee. The course offers comprehensive coverage and with multiple choice answers to assessments we are able to keep the fee low. We provide personal tutor  contact – we do not simply offer online assessments.

There are plenty of courses covering human first aid but courses on how to treat your horse with first aid are rare indeed.   The uptake on this Lingfield course to date has been extremely good – proving just how much a course like this is needed.

Since introduction in May 2017, our new course has been expanded and has increased in content and length. This new and comprehensive equine first aid course now covers even more ailments.  Click on Syllabus above to check the length and content for yourself.

The course has been written & produced by Veterinary Professional – Veterinary Nurse and Trainer Emma Dalton.  Emma is a professional trainer within the equine veterinary industry and has written this distance learning course specifically for the leisure horse owner.

Lingfield provides this course at a specially low fee.  It will increase in due course to bring it into line with other similar specialist courses.

The course is split into two Sections, and aims to provide you with easy to read and absorb information enabling you to confidently treat your horse in an emergency.

No need to panic anymore.  Just keep calm and follow the instructions in this course.  Emma has provided hands on activities throughout the course to make sure you are confident should that emergency arise.

No where else will you find a distance learning course like this at such good value.  Do a search – there is nothing like it.

  • Information on how to treat wounds both large and small.
  • Applying poultices and bandages – how and when.
  • What should be in your equine first aid box.
  • What is normal for your horse? Good health and ill health
  • Legal aspects of treating equines with first aid
  • When to call the vet and what the vet needs to know
  • Preventive health care, Common illnesses and diseases.
  • Practical application.
  • See full syllabus for detail.
  • 2 modules – divided into 1/3 and 2/3 of the content
  • Multiple learning tasks and activities
  • Optional tutor assessed paper for Certification
  • Admin fee for optional tutor assessed paper £15 / £19 by Paypal/overseas

To complete assessment paper you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

NOTE:  This course may in future be offered as part of a Lingfield Intermediate Diploma programme.  The Intermediate Diploma will provide the majority of the theory knowledge for those taking BHS Stage 1 & 2.  ID’s offer subsidised fees & option of 4 certificates.

Tutor:   Emma Dalton

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 16 years
    • If enrolling someone else please note the last few paragraphs of this page.
  • Research skills required
  • Access to a horse to enable you to undertake practical tasks.
  • It is useful to have some experience in equine management & handling ability.
  • With parental support, younger students may be accepted – please email to discuss.
  • Certificate is optional.  If you wish to have your final assessment paper checked and a certificate sent, there is a small admin fee of around £15. see T & C

Delivery of course material:

To your email address – see Frequently asked Questions.

Note:  A link to download the course file will be sent in an automated email when you click ‘confirm & pay’.  If you do not receive any email within a few minutes, check your spam folder.

In line with digital download legal legislation there is no refund available once the course is paid for (unlike our other longer courses).  Clicking confirm and pay means you accept the terms and conditions and the course files are yours to keep. Delivery of the first file is on enrolment and the second is as per the T & C.

You must confirm within 24 hours that the file opens OK to enable us to complete the registration.  Your course is not registered on our system until we have confirmation.

In line with most national college courses, our course file/module delivery is via pdf files.  Requires use of Free Downloadable App:

Adobe Reader for Windows   or   ipad.

Beneficial to successful completion of the course is:  a keyboard, and a printer if you prefer to work from the printed page.  An internet connection via computer/similar device enabling completion of assignments and access to Lingfield’s online cloud system for tutor checked assignments.

Before paying you will be asked to tick that you have read the Terms & Conditions – and if paying for someone else ticking this box this means you agree to be sure they have read and will agree to abide by all Procedures and the Terms & Conditions. Printable copies are available via the Terms & Conditions page.

NOTE: Students must contact us personally during the enrolment process via their own email address to enable us to activate their course fully.

Access to course files for visually impaired – available on request.

  • What Is First Aid
  • How to Manage in An Emergency
  • Situations Requiring First Aid
  • Classification of Emergencies
  • When to Call the Vet.
  • What is considered serious enough to warrant calling the vet. What to do in the meantime.
  • What the vet needs to know
  • Knowledge of what is normal
  • Temperature, Pulse and Breathing
  • Signs of: Health, Ill Health, and being Off Colour
  • Restraining the Horse in Emergencies/for Treatment
  • Handling and Transportation
  • First Aid Box
  • Types of Wound – what to do and how to treat them
  • What to do if a wound is too serious to treat
  • *Recognition of lameness
  • Washing Wounds
  • Bandaging
  • Poulticing
  • Tubbing & Fomenting
  • Swellings
  • Identifying the basics of the
    • Digestive System*
    • Skeletal Frame*
    • Points of the Horse*
    • Muscles*
    • Tendons and Ligaments of the lower leg*
  • Basic Treatment of Lameness*
  • Flu
  • Tetanus
  • Worm Control- most types of parasites included
  • Strangles
  • Laminitis
  • Flies and fly spray
  • Sweet Itch
  • Condition Scoring
  • Sunburn
  • Colic
  • Azoturia
  • Mud Fever
  • Choke
  • Shock
  • Equine metabolic syndrome
  • Isolation procedure
  • *Research required
  • We also include an informative section called How to Study.  Useful for those who have not studied for a while!

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