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Equine Excellence

An introduction to owning and caring for horses

Next Available: Sat, 18 Feb 8:45AM (AEDT)
3 hours 30 minutes


For ages 14 and above.

Our hands-on course, delivered by in-house experts at RSPCA Victoria has been designed to provide horse owners with comprehensive information regarding owning and caring for horses and ponies to optimise their general health and welfare. 

The specific needs of horses and ponies will be discussed, with our experts in the field outlining practical ways of providing for these needs, keeping our horses and ponies happy and healthy. 

By the end of the course, attendees will learn:

-  The importance of natural behaviours in horses and how promote these behaviours in the way that we keep and care for horses. 

- How to work safely around horses, considering their field of vision and the area you are in. 

- Preventative health and management measures in areas such as hoof care, internal parasites, nutrition, housing and shelter. 

- Pre-purchasing considerations when looking for a horse or pony. 

- How to identify signs of good health and welfare, and what to do if there is a movement away from you horse's 'normal'.

- Basic first aid for horses, including what to include in a basic first aid kit for horses and how these items can be used in emergency situations. 

This short course will be filled with practical skills and knowledge that every horse owner will find invaluable. 

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What you will learn

  • Learn how promote natural behaviours in horses
  • Learn about different equipment and grooming tools for horses
  • Learn about basic wound care for horses and other common care tips

What you will get

  • Certificate of attendance

What to wear

Closed in shoes for admittance into the barn. Weather appropriate clothing for outdoors

Appropriate for

Suitable for 14 years and above

RSPCA Victoria

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Want to improve your animal skills? Looking for quality teaching by industry experts? Want real skills and training?

Whether you’re a pet owner or thinking of a career in animal care, RSPCA Victoria has a short course to extend your animal skills and understanding.

Designed to develop new skills for anyone dealing with animals; RSPCA short courses provide valuable access to industry experts and utilise quality resources and trainers in an informative and hands-on environment.

As the trusted name in animal welfare in Victoria, we understand what animals need, and what works and what doesn’t – and are keen to share our practical knowledge and skills with you through.


Gain professional skills. Learn about your pet. Or both!

Programs are tailored for those wanting to enter the animal industry or improve their skills within this field, as well as helping people to increase their skills with their own pets.

Hands-on experience is essential to understanding animals so you will have the chance to meet and work with – animals from our education team – as well as learn from industry experts and qualified trainers.

And of course, profits raised go towards supporting animal welfare projects. You’re helping animals while you learn to… help animals!

So book your course with us today.


About RSPCA Victoria

We are a non-government, community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, the RSPCA has become Australia's leading animal welfare charity.

Our community services include work in education, advocacy, animal care and protection. In Victoria, we operate nine animal Adoption Care Centres and one community pet care centre, providing refuge and care to more than 20,000 animals every year. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on community support to care for 'all creatures great and small'.  More than 90% of our funding is due to the generous support of the Victorian community.

For further information, visit www.rspcavic.org 

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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 7 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions

  • Program activities are conducted by RSPCA Victoria Education Officers and staff. RSPCA Victoria reserves the right to alter activities or cease programs should staff and participant safety be compromised.
  • Cancellation fees apply.
  • For safety reasons, participants must wear appropriate clothing and closed-in shoes. 
  • RSPCA Victoria reserves the right to cancel the class should minimum numbers not be met.  A full refund will apply in these circumstances. 


Participants will be involved in a range of hands-on activities visiting various parts of the Burwood East site. While the RSPCA takes all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of participants, all participants enter at own risk.

By enrolling in these programs you acknowledge that you understand this disclaimer and release RSPCA (Victoria) and its employees, agents, volunteers and contractors from any liability whatsoever, to the extent permitted by law.

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