Diploma of Equine

This course combines two important fundamentals pertaining to horse health by studying and understanding both nutrition and pasture management. The course does promote exactly what the horse is designed to eat, and the importance and effectiveness of the digestive processes and how best to work with this in mind according to the individual.

Having a sound understanding of equine nutrition as it pertains to the specific needs at the horses’ various stages of life and performance, is vital for the horse to survive and thrive in all that the horse is asked to do.

The course will allow the student to continually evolve through analysis to apply rational and critical thinking within todays’ market of equine nutritional products.

Pastures play an important role in the life and management of all horses. A well-managed pasture is a highly valuable source of nutrition. Horses spend either all, or none of their time in a paddock and some paddocks can be overstocked, never rested and infested with internal weeds and parasites, therefore how may this affect the horse nutritionally?

A pasture is defined as a plant community which is grazed by livestock. Plants involved need to compete for light, water and nutrients, they need to withstand varying degrees of defoliation and trampling if they are to survive. Plants are in a pasture to provide forage and can provide the majority of their nutritional needs, the productivity of the plants, the soil type, seasonal distribution of the production and quality; all have a significant influence on livestock.

The study of both these subjects will clarify the true nature in which our equine partners were designed to not just survive but to thrive naturally.

Subjects Include;

13 online units of Anatomy and Physiology

• Introduction to the equine digestive system
• How horses digest food
• Principles of feeding horses
• Major nutrients in horse feeds
• Nutrient requirements of horses
• Formulating ratios for horses
• Supplementation
• Feed types for horses
• Anti-nutritional factors in horse feeds
• Poisonous plants
• Nutrient composition
• Comparative analysis of pre-mixed feeds
• Proposed dietary plans
• Introduction to pasture
• Grasses native and naturalised
• Characteristics of grasses
• Habitat, annual or perennial
• Seasonal growth patterns
• Types, texture and colour
• Pasture distribution
• Categories of nutrition
• Soil sense
• Ideal pasture for horses
• Common pasture and legumes species
• Seeds to sward
• Herbarium – pasture
• Feeding the land
• Performance pasture
• Weeds
• Pasture pests
• Herbarium – weeds
• Clinical hours
• Business thesis
• Research paper

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Course Information



Payment Plan:

30% deposit, add a 10% Merchant Services fee and pay the balance over 11 months

Course Dates:

Course intake is available the 1st of every month

Course Duration:

Course is scheduled to be completed within 24 months (2 years). Nominal course hours: 720

Delivery Mode:

Distance education


Basic horse ownership knowledge


All assessments can be submitted by email or mail, or via our online learning portal.

Course Materials:

All texts books and course notes are included in the price


Graduates are eligible to join the Small Animal and Equine Naturopathic Association or the International Institute of Complimentary Therapies as a full member

Booking Options:

Contact us directly for a course guide and/or download the Enrolment and Payment Agreement forms
Email enquiries and forms to mail@nctm.com.au

Dual Study Option:

Upon completion an upgrade to the full Naturopathy Diploma is available.

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  • Enjoy the best student/teacher ratio in the industry
  • Learn in a nurturing environment where you will receive individual attention and all the support you need to succeed
  • Be confident learning with the college with the highest retention rate of students and 30 years in the industry
  • All your texts and course notes are included in your fees
  • We employ highly qualified and experienced lecturers with innovative teaching techniques
  • You are guaranteed continued support after completing your course