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Equine Coaching and Riding Certificate

What can you expect from this course?

The Equine Coaching and Riding Certificate is designed to engage and develop students into being successful members of the equine industry. They will gain valuable skills related to equine enterprise management, coaching techniques, skills to develop strong riding abilities, along with learning equine anatomy and physiology. Students may choose to take all the courses encompassing this program to obtain a certificate or can take courses on a stand-alone basis to increase skills in particular areas.

Delivery: Olds College Campus

Fees:

  • Application Fee: $500 + GST
  • Semester 1 Tuition: $3500 + GST (due one month before semester start date)
  • Semester 2 Tuition: $4000 + GST (due one month before semester start date)
  • Horse Boarding: $350 per month per term
  • Rider Level Assessment: $100 (only applicable if rider level is unknown)
  • Alberta Equestrian Federation Membership: $50 (must have a current up to date  membership if student wishes to become a coach/instructor certified under Alberta Equestrian Federation and Equestrian Canada)

Students wishing to access stand-alone courses would be charged $899 + GST per course plus any horse-related costs providing space is available.

Program Dates:

  • Semester 1: September 6 - December 16, 2022
    • Registration deadline: August 1, 2022
  • Semester 2: January 9 - April 28, 2023
    • Registration deadline: December 1, 2022

Credential: Non-credit. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive an Olds College Continuing Education & Corporate Training Certificate in Equine Coaching and Riding.  

Registrations: Registrations are accepted as long as seats are available, however it is recommended that you register early as this class is limited to a small number of students to ensure your safety and an optimal learning experience. Apply now to avoid disappointment.

Required Materials: Students are required to supply their own horse. Each horse must be sound and up to date  on worming and vaccinations. Cost associated for maintenance is student’s responsibility. Scroll down to view a full list of supplies for English and Western riders.

Admission Requirements: Students must be assessed and given a rider level number from Alberta Equestrian Federation before entering the course. If students have not been assigned a number they may submit a video of them performing the given pattern prior to the registration deadline. If students have received their rider level certification they must submit their certificate during the time of registration. 

Students must be:

  • Strong rider level 4 – English Flat or equivalent Pony Club D2 in English

  • Strong rider level 3 – Western

What will you learn?

In the first semester of Equine Coaching and Riding, students will learn about important aspects of equine anatomy and physiology, and they will gain knowledge about equine nutrition theories and practices. Students will be introduced to basic horsemanship skills. Furthermore,  students will have an initial introduction to Equine Coaching.

In the second semester, Equine Coaching and Riding students will obtain theory and hands-on training to become successful. Students will be asked to perform intermediate horsemanship techniques and maneuvers. They will learn how to critically think and give feedback positively. Students will also learn how to effectively manage an equine stable or enterprise. Furthermore, they will gain an understanding of equine health management procedures, along with gaining valuable knowledge in equine and athlete performance conditioning.

Course Details

Semester 1:

Equine Anatomy and Physiology | EQN 7050
Dates: September 6 - December 16, 2022
Prerequisites: None
Registration: Closes August 1, 2022

This course will focus on the anatomical makeup of the horse's body by system including the integumentary,  musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems with physiological applications related to its function and management.

Equine Nutrition | EQN 7052
Dates: September 6 - December 16, 2022
Prerequisites: None
Registration: Closes August 1, 2022

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of feeding horses to ensure their wellbeing and maximum performance and of managing pastures effectively. Students will recognize and evaluate various feedstuffs and common pasture plants and will formulate rations for different classes of horses.

Barn Management and Horse Care | EQN 7065
Dates: September 6 - December 16, 2022
Prerequisites: None
Registration: Closes August 1, 2022

In this course, students will demonstrate skills in stable cleanliness and organization, haltering and handling horses, and fitting and using blankets appropriately. Students will also be responsible for identifying normal horse behavior and well-being.

Horsemanship I | EQN 7054
Dates: September 6 - December 16, 2022
Prerequisites: None
Registration: Closes August 1, 2022

Students will learn safe horse handling skills along with proper use of different types of tack and equipment. The student will perform basic horsemanship skills on well-trained horses in either the English or Western discipline.

Coaching Theory | EQN 7070
Dates: September 6 - December 16, 2022
Prerequisites: None
Registration: Closes August 1, 2022

Students acquire the necessary credentials required for the Equine Canada Instructor and Coaching certification  program. This includes English and/or Western rider levels, first aid, and equine specific NCCP theory. Students  study lesson plan development and learn the techniques of developing a lesson plan for a long-term program and for  each individual lesson.

Semester 2:

Horsemanship II | EQN 7063
Dates: January 9 - April 28, 2023
Prerequisites: Horsemanship I (EQN 1060)
Registration: Closes December 1, 2022

Students will be able to perform intermediate riding skills and demonstrate intermediate maneuvers in either the Western or English discipline on well trained horses.

Applied Coaching Techniques | EQN 7071
Dates: January 9 - April 28, 2023
Prerequisites: Coaching Theory (EQN 2090)
Registration: Closes December 1, 2022

Students practice their instructional skills by offering evening riding lessons to Olds College students and staff.  Students also have the opportunity through on-site clinics and field study to become certified as various competition officials.

Equine Health Management | EQN 7051
Dates: January 9 - April 28, 2023
Prerequisites: None
Registration: Closes December 1, 2022

Students will be familiarized with common infectious diseases and parasites, gain an understanding of the different types of medications, and how to use them safely and effectively, and be introduced to equine first aid protocols and wound management procedures. Finally, students will learn about horse conformation, along with recognizing the symptoms of lameness conditions in the horse.

Conditioning for Performance | EQN 7027
Dates: January 9 - April 28, 2023
Prerequisites: None
Registration: Closes December 1, 2022

In this course, students will learn important aspects of conditioning in horses and athletes. It will include  development levels for horses and for athletes of all ages. This course will also touch on alternative practices  and incorporate them into the fitness plan. Area of practice will include acupuncture, BEAMER, Shock Wave, Massage, etc.

Enterprise Management | EQN 7062
Dates: January 9 - April 28, 2023
Prerequisites: None
Registration: Closes December 1, 2022

In this course, students will learn the management functions of leading and controlling and will apply these principles in the financial management and care of equine operations. In addition, they will apply these principles in  the offering of an equine event.

Supply Lists:

English Rider:

  • Suitable attire for weather  
  • Leather work gloves 
  • Appropriate barn footwear  
  • Tall Leather Riding Boots or Matching half Chaps/Paddock Boots 
  • Appropriate Riding Attire – Riding Breeches (2 pairs:1 tan & 1 dark) 
  • Pocket Knife 
  • Steel or composite–toed boots 
  • Basic Grooming Kit (including bathing supplies) 
  • Tack Locker Lock 
  • Specific supplements or minerals besides the hay provided by the College you may feed  to your horse 
  • Safety approved Black English Riding Helmet 
  • Spurs 
  • Leather Saddle for Jumping and Flat Work with a medium, medium wide or wide tree (at least 4 widely spaced fingers should fit in the gullet) and a 50” or 54” girth.(e.g.:  Childeric, Bruno, Antares, Butet, Amerigo, Equipe, Black Coutry, Pessoa, Harry Dabbs,  Prestige) 
  • Leather Bridle and Reins (plain cavesson noseband, horse size) 
  • 5, 5 ¼ inch, or 5 ½ inch piece Snaffle Bit (with lozenge) 
  • Two square saddle pads 
  • Dressage Whip and Jumping Bat 
  • Lung line (no chain) 
  • Side reins 
  • Open Front/Brushing Boots and Bell Boots (appropriate size for your horse)
  • Hind Brushing Boots (appropriate size for your horse) 
  • Rain sheet, winter blanket (and liner if it is too light for cold days)
  • Wool or fleece cooler  
  • Sheepskin Half Pad – optional 
  • Running Martingale and Stoppers – optional

Western Rider:

  • Suitable attire for weather  
  • Leather work gloves 
  • Appropriate barn footwear 
  • Cowboy boots (leather sole, no laces) 
  • Appropriate riding attire – Long sleeves shirts & jeans 
  • Pocket knife 
  • Basic Grooming Kit (including bathing supplies) 
  • Tack Locker Lock 
  • Specific supplements or minerals besides the hay provided by the College you may feed to your horse 
  • Safety Approved Riding Helmet 
  • Western Saddle (cinch sized to properly fit the horse) 
  • Western saddle pad 
  • Leather headstall and split reins  
  • 5 to 5.5-inch Full Cheek Snaffle Bit (with chinstrap) 
  • Lung line (no chain)  
  • Spurs 
  • Splint and Bell Boots (appropriate size for your horse) 
  • Wool or Polar Fleece cooler
  • Rain sheet, winter blanket (and liner if it is too light for cold days)