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Continuing Education Programming

  • Equine Coaching and Riding Certificate

  • Introduction to Equine Massage

    "The course was very informative, easy to follow, and the instructor was fabulous. The school is beautiful and makes for a very fun course."

    Continuing Education - Equine Massage

    This course utilizes both theory-based knowledge training and hands-on massage for your horse. Some prior knowledge of equine anatomy will assist learners to gain the maximum knowledge & benefit from this course, however it is not required. This course will give horse owners the ability to:

    • Better understand what the body language of your horse is telling you about their comfort level
    • Recognize muscle soreness or dysfunction
    • Provide comfort for sore/stiff muscles and related soft tissue stress
    • Improve the ability of your horse to return to work sooner after injury or exertion
    • Recognize when it is time to contact your equine health professional

    Delivery: Olds Campus

    Fees: $399+ GST 

    Program Dates: May 5-7, 2023

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  • Equine Massage Therapy Certificate

  • First Aid

    Continuing Education - First Aid

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    This is a popular and practical course will increase your confidence when caring for the health & wellbeing of your horse. This course will utilize theory, demonstrations, and hands-on learning.

    Delivery: Olds Campus

    Program Dates: TBD

    Fees: $299 + GST (includes textbook)

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  • Horse Hoof Care and Trimming

    Continuing Education - Horse Hoof Care

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    Save money and improve hoof health by learning the basics of hoof anatomy, care and trimming.  This 2 1/2 day course will give you a great introduction to trimming and even the opportunity to trim your own horse by the end.You will practice trimming in a supervised setting. If you would like to put your newly acquired knowledge to use immediately, you have the opportunity to bring your own horses on the last day of the course; this way you can trim your horses for the first time with assistance & guidance from your instructor. Students will learn:

    • Hoof anatomy
    • The basics of hoof care
    • How to treat minor hoof problems
    • When to call a farrier      

    Delivery: Olds Campus

    Program Dates: 

    September 23-25, 2022

    March 10 - 12, 2023

    Fees: $299 + GST

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  • Professional Racetrack Exercise Rider Program

    Exercise Rider racing a horse

    What can you expect from this course?

    The Professional Racetrack Exercise Rider Program is a “Learn and Earn” concept program that will give you the confidence and skill to become a professional licensed Exercise Rider at Alberta Horse Racing Tracks! This unique program has a blended approach that will allow you to study online, learn from and practice your skill with industry professional instructors. You will acquire the skills you need to exercise race horses on a track. 

    Delivery: Olds Campus

    Fees: $1500

    Program Dates: January - April

    • January 16 - February 10, 2023: Online (instructor guided in Moodle)

    • February 13 - March 17,2023: Face to face at Olds College (includes chores and class time plus chores on weekends)

    • March 18 - April 28, 2023: Earn and Learn with trainers at Century Mile Racetrack in Nisku. 

    • April 29 - June 23, 2023: Paid Practicum

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  • Professional Racetrack Groom Course

    Horse being lead towards a race track

    What can you expect from this course?

    The Professional Racetrack Groom Course is a “Learn and Earn” concept program that will give you the confidence and skill to become a professional licensed Groom at Alberta Horse Racing Tracks! This unique program has a blended approach that will allow you to study online, learn from and practice your skill with industry professional instructors, all while allowing you to earn a wage working in the industry! You will acquire the skills you need to provide intensive professional care to elite race horses. 

    Delivery: Online, Olds Campus, Century Mile Racetrack Nisku

    Fees: $1000

    Program Dates: January - April

    • January 16 - February 10, 2023: Online (instructor guided in Moodle)

    • February 13 - March 17,2023: Face to face at Olds College (includes chores and class time plus chores on weekends)

    • March 18 - April 28, 2023: Earn and Learn with trainers at Century Mile Racetrack in Nisku. 

    • April 29 - June 23, 2023: Paid Practicum

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  • Western Photography Fundamentals

    Equine Photography

    A one-day course that centers around the fundamentals of photography with a central theme around the country lifestyle. Learn how to get your camera out of auto mode and control it so you can get the effect that you want in different scenarios from action to portraits and everything in between.

    The course will start the day with some theory and discussion in the classroom. Transitioning from there into trying out the settings and getting to know your cameras. To finish out the day we will head back into the classroom and cover some basic editing to give a nice finish to your photos.

    Cost: $149.00

    Dates: February 25, 2023

    Location: Olds College South Arena

    Note: Participants are suggested to understand the basic camera functions and have satisfactory camera knowledge.

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