Have you been teaching for a while and would like to specialize in a particular area?
This course has been designed for experienced professional horse riding instructors who would like to increase their skills and knowledge in the teaching and coaching field.How long will my course take?
This course has been designed to be taken full time over 18 months. However, it could take less time if you already
- have a previous teaching qualification
- are a regular rider and competitor
- plan to study more than 20 hours a week
If you prefer to study part time, this course will take longer. Of course you may take longer if you like and your enrolment will be valid for up to four years. If you would like to re-enrol for a further four years, just contact us for your updated enrolment
details. You may need to pay another Enrolment Fee.
On successful completion of the ‘Specialized Horse Riding Instructor’ course, you will receive a ‘Certificate 4 in Sport Coaching’ for the award SIS40512. Further details are available at training.gov.au.
We want you to be qualified in the latest, most up to date courses. If the Training Package changes while you are enrolled we will do our best to change your course into the new Training Package as early as possible. Also, we monitor the latest demands of the horse industry and we will update your course to these demands as early as possible.
Your ‘Specialised Horse Riding Instructor – Certificate 4’ course outline includes the horse care, riding and teaching/ supervising areas of study listed belowTeaching
As a pre-requisite for this course, students should already have an instructor qualification or documentation to show at least one year (1,000 hours) full time teaching experience
Prior to commencing the teaching part of this course, you should have a current St John (or equivalent) First Aid Certificate and have completed the online ASC Beginner Coaching
If you have completed your ‘Horse Riding Instructor – Certificate 3’ course then you may receive credit for some of these components. If you do not have your ‘Coupon Code’ to receive your discount then please contact us prior to enrolment.
- Coaching practices – Your role as a horse riding instructor will require you to ‘wear many hats’, figuratively speaking, you may be required to be a motivator, planner, advisor, fundraiser just to name a few. Athletes have a right to confidentiality, which means any athlete information must not be passed on to anyone else without the athlete’s consent.
- Risks with horses – Risks which are not addressed then minimised can have varying levels of impact on a business or coach should an accident or incident arise from taking the risk. Once risks have been identified a decision needs to be made about how to deal with the risk. If the level of risk is unacceptable you may need to remove the source of the risk altogether. With the help of Risky Ranch a presented scenario will assist you in learning how to identify risks.
- Safe riding – This weeks learning focuses on coaching riders and riding in situations where there are groups of horses and riders. As always safety is an important element. By maintaining safe practices when you ride you will minimise hazards and risks to yourself and other.
- First aid – This workbook covers some of the basic aspects of dealing with a first aid scenario, again with the help of Risky Ranch. As a coach it will be part of your role to make decisions and prioritise actions in an event of an injured rider/person.
- Flatwork Lessons – Once the teaching basics have been revised, you will be learn how to improve many of the lessons you have probably been teaching regularly. This may include a variety of lessons on the flat including safely mounting & dismounting groups of riders in a variety of situations, group lessons, dressage seat, serpentines, loops, canter leads, diagonals, sitting trot, transitions in & out of trot, transitions in & out of canter, and rider assessment
- Jumping Lessons – Again, there will be some revisions to confirm your basic jumping instruction knowledge. The jumping teaching electives include 2pt & 3pt in trot, 2pt & 3pt in canter, trot poles, single fences, 2pt & 3pt in open areas. You may also choose further electives such as show jumping and cross country teaching
- Basic Reproduction – An introduction to the reproductive system of the horse, including information detailing parts of the female and male systems, gestation and signs of foaling.
- Physiology – We commence this subject with a brief look at three body systems of the horse the nervous, musculo-skeletal and endocrine systems. You will be provided with an abundance of information into the inner workings of these systems and also take a general look at some of the functions and essential components of these systems.?After that we will take a look at three body systems of the horse the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems. Again there will be an abundance of information into the inner workings of these systems and we will also take a general look at some of the functions and essential components of these systems.
- Conformation – The term ‘conformation’ refers to a horse’s bone structure, musculature and body proportions. Conformation is the visual shape and build of a horse, the physical structure, simply the way it is ‘put together’. In this subject we will discuss general desirable traits and well as common conformation faults.
- Nutrition requirements of horses – This lesson topic focuses on the nutritional requirements of horses but includes a brief refresher into the digestive system of the horse. The following chapters provide useful information about important nutrients and include details regarding the signs and symptoms of nutrient deficiencies and overloading.
- Feedstuffs – Horses require clean, quality feed provided at regular intervals to maintain digestive health. This workbook takes a basic look at feeding horses and the considerations that need to be given as well as common types of roughages, concentrates and premixed feeds found in today’s market.
- Additives and Supplements – Determining whether or not to use or whether your horse needs an additive or supplement in their diet can be difficult work. This lesson aims to provide informative yet easy to understand information into the world of horse supplements and additives.
- Feeding regimes – Due to the delicate nature of the horse digestive system, it is important to develop and adhere to feeding regimes, rules and guidelines which will benefit you and your equine friends.
- Common ailments – Horses are susceptible to many various injuries and illnesses some of which are due to the demands of the domesticated horse, conformation defaults and climate conditions. This workbook covers some of the more common problems that may be presented when working with horses.
- Common diseases – Horses are a herd animal which means that diseases can be easily transferred from horse to horse. The week takes a look at common horse related diseases which can pose a threat to the well being of not just horses on your property but the horse industry as well.
- Horse First aid – When caring for horses it is more than likely at some stage you will have to apply some form of basic first aid. This may be anything from treating a minor cut to keeping a horse comfortable whilst waiting for the vet.
Students should be experienced riders prior to the commencement of this course.
If you have completed your ‘Horse Riding Instructor – Certificate 3’ course then you may receive credit for some of these components. If you do not have a ‘Coupon Code’ to receive your discount then please contact us prior to enrollment.
- Upright Seat – The upright seat is sometimes referred to as the dressage or basic seat or position. This seat is used for schooling, training and riding on the flat. The correct seat is the basis for the effective application of the aids. We confirm you can be balanced, and have a supple seat so you can follow the horses’ movement.
- Using Aids – A rider will influence a horse through the use of their weight, legs and reins. These are referred to as ‘aids’. We confirm you have effective aids and coordinated use of your aids. Your aids should be subtle and discreet and as the training of both horse and rider progresses the application and response to the aids should improve to become less visible to onlookers and better understood by the horse.
- Tracks & Figures – Tracks and figures are made up of straight lines and circle which vary in length and size. A standardised system of arena markers (letters) are used within dressage arenas and schools to assist in determining start and finish points and sizes of figures. It is essential that you can ride these tracks and figures correctly so you can teach them correctly
- Training Scale – The Training Scale can be used as a guide or programme for physical education or gymnastic processes where the aim is to develop the horse’s natural physical and mental aptitudes thus producing a horse which is a pleasure to ride. Each level of the scale is built on as the horse’s training progresses
- Contact – A horse which can work well into the contact can demonstrate many principles in the training scale for a horse that is not loose, supple or accepting the rider’s aids will not work evenly into the contact and it may show up as resistance, irregularity and tension. Being able to gain contact and the quality of the contact will depend upon the stage of the horse’s training and the skill and ability of the rider.
- Training – No matter what discipline or recreation you choose to pursue with your horse it will probably require some sort of training. Even the weekend trail riding horse can benefit from some basic flatwork or dressage training. Basic training can assist in the communication between horse and rider, improve balance, suppleness and develop the horse’s understanding of the rider’s aids which in turn will improve the relationship horse and rider partnerships.
- Terminology – There are many terms you will hear being used within horse riding and there are just as many ways to describe what is going on with the horse and rider. The meaning of some can be quite quizzical while others can be more obvious. Every person and different countries will contribute to the jargon for example in some countries a canter is called a gallop. It can all be somewhat confusing though there are some terms which are used universally.
- Lateral Work – Lateral work refers to exercises and movements where the horse is asked to go forward and sideways so that the legs in motion step forward and across the legs on the ground. Lateral movements include turn on or about the forehand, leg-yielding, shoulder-in, travers, renvers and half-pass.
- Training programs – Every horse is different and as such every training program is different. In being able to tailor training programs to suit a horse for its intended purpose will not only give you a day to day picture of what needs to be accomplished but will also assist to keep you striving towards long term goals.
- Conditioning programs – Most often than not people will see a horse before they handle or ride it. The condition of a horse can tell a lot about its health. Knowledge of how to condition horses will prove valuable no matter whether you are conditioning horses for the show ring or as a lesson horse.
- Preparing for competition – The preparation for a competition can be just as important as the competition itself. This weeks learning includes step by step guidelines and tips in the lead up to a competition.
- Competitions – A look into the world of horse competitions with information on different types of competition, requirements of entry and what to expect on the day.
- Show skills – Presenting a horse for a show takes a lot of preparation and effort. This workbook provides an introduction into the world of showing a horse including an overview of common classes, workouts and presentation.
- Jumping seat – This workbook covers the positions required to ride over fences and undulating country. For riders which have never jumped it may take some time to develop the strength and balance in these positions to ride effectively. The rider’s stirrups will need to be shortened at least two to three holes for jumping seats to be secure and effective.
- Jumping – Jumping can be fun for both horse and rider but it can also be a daunting and dangerous equestrian discipline, particularly if horse or rider has lost their confidence. This workbook covers the basic type of jumps and jumping exercises you will come across when training over fences. It is aimed at introducing you to common terminology and the uses of different equipment.
- Poles & grids – There are many factors which will influence the distance poles and grids will be set at (and these are discussed in this workbook). There are no distances which are set in stone or ‘fool proof’ and guarantee to be correct for every single horse. This workbook provides considerations for setting up jumps and poles and the average distances for elements in a grid.
Final Summary In the final part of the ‘Specialised Horseriding Instructor’ course, we give you a topic to teach that may include a combination of the above areas. You will have a limited time to prepare and teach this lesson as you would
if you were working as a professional, employed by a private rider or in a riding school, equestrian centre, pony club or other professional environment.
We want to be the best Online Horse College in the world! To do this we need students to give us feedback on how we are going and how we can improve. To encourage you to enrol in this course and to give us the feedback so we can continue to improve, we are offering the following bonuses
- Bonus Summary Lessons – Just to make sure you have repetitive learning, on completion of all the above areas you will be taken to four more bonus ‘summary’ lessons where you will be re-assessed in all the above areas. This will confirm your knowledge about horse care and have you ready to receive your qualification.
- Bonus Weekly Tutorials – This bonus is probably worth more than the course itself! How much do you pay now for your weekly lessons? Each week you have the opportunity to come on a teleconference with one of our professional equine experts They are usually with a qualified riding instructor, but they could be with a Veterinary Surgeon, a Farrier/ Blacksmith or another person who specialized in a particular area related to the equine industry. If you have a question about riding or another horse related subject, we can usually answer it in the weekly phone tutorials.
- Bonus Recordings – We are building a library of recordings of interviews with equine experts. These recordings will be available to you free of charge once you enrol in any of our courses. The weekly tutorials are also recorded and you will have access to previous calls with our equine experts
- Bonus Ebooks – To complement your course and expand your knowledge, we also have a library of horse related ebooks that you will have access to. Many of these horse care ebooks have been written by Specialist Veterinary Surgeons and Blacksmiths/ Farriers.
Director – Online Horse College (Ausintec Academy)
AHRC Level 2 Horseriding Coach
EFA Level 2 General (Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing) Equestrian Coach
EFA & AHRC Examiner
EFA & AHRC Coach Educator
Workplace Trainer and Assessor
International Level 2 Equestrian Passport
Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education
Master of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)