students standing around a horse the instructor is about to inject a needle into the neck of the horse

This very popular and practical course will increase your confidence when caring for the health & well being of your horse.

This 2.5 day course utilizes:

  • Theory
  • Demonstration
  • Hands-on learning

Topics Include:

  • The why, when, and where to provide vaccinations
  • Parasite control options to maintain a healthy horse
  • Identifying the difference between a healthy horse and a sick horse
  • First aid materials and application
  • What to do until the vet arrives
  • Basic stages of wound care
  • Medications
  • Managing the injured horse
  • Principles of applying bandages

Course Details

Course Dates/Times

Oct 26-28, 2018

Friday: 7-10 pm

Sat/Sun: 9 am - 4:30 pm

Delivery Method 

On Campus - Theory & Hands-On

Course length 

2 days + 1 evening






Olds College Campus - Animal Science building & Equine Reproductive Lab



Other fees


Required Text & Materials 

None - all learning materials are included in the course tuition

Registration Deadline

Registrations are accepted as long as seats are available. This course fills quickly, so you are encouraged to register early!

Other details

***Please note that this is a hands-on course, so please arrive with:

1)    Safe & appropriate footwear (cowboy boots or work boots)

2)    Clothing that allows ease of movement & layers to accommodate variable weather

Continuing Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Can youth take this course?
For our equine short courses, there is technically no age restriction. As long as a student is 13, independent (no parents along to oversee) or over and feels confident with the subject (in this case they are comfortable/experienced handling horses), then we will allow them to enroll. We have had a number of teenagers take most of the short equine courses over the years and they have been successful.

Will I receive a certificate for completing this course?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of participation. Please note that this does not in any way 'certify' you to practice first aid for horses, it only recognizes that you have completed the course.


"I would recommend this course to anyone who has a horse or is looking to get one. Even if you have had horses for your whole life there is always something new to learn. Joanne is a wonderful and knowledgeable horsewoman with so much to offer. Take this course, you won't regret it!" ~ Vanessa Nicolle (Spring, 2014)

"Awesome, well presented and helpful, thank you so much" ~ Mackenzie Richard (Spring, 2014)

"My husband, daughter and myself are new to horse ownership & completion of this course has given us the knowledge and confidence to start dealing  with any horse case emergency as well as preventative care" ~ Jane Roux (Spring, 2014)

"I would recommend this course to all horse owners. Joanne was an exceptional teacher - she was extremely knowledgeable, patient and open to all questions. The course content was well organized and practical and the hands-on sessions incorporated all the course content. It was better than I could have hoped" ~ Jacquie Brezovski (Spring, 2014)

"Great Atmosphere! Excellent information. I'd highly recommend this course!" ~ Karen Antle (Spring, 2015)

"Great course for anyone. Joanne is an excellent speaker, dynamic, knowledgeable & kept me interested and awake." ~ Teena Godlien (Spring, 2015)

For More Information:

Continuing Education Department

Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 

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