Diploma of Equine
Natural Health

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

This course does promote exactly what the horse is designed to eat, and the fundamentals of the digestive processes and how best to work with this in mind.

The course will allow the student to continually evolve through analysis to effectively apply rational and critical thinking within todays’ market of equine nutrition 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 as well as a safe place for their existence. Unfortunately, many pasture paddocks can be overstocked and infested with internal weeds and parasites.

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 the productivity of the plants, the soil type, seasonal distribution of the production and quality; all have a significant influence on livestock.

Equine Herbal Medicine provides the student with information to build professional credibility for herbal medicine as it should be applied in clinical practice. Understand and gain herbal medicine knowledge in order to comprehend the safety and efficiency of herbal medicine. Learn the identification, actions, constituents, indications, contraindications and combinations of herbal medicine in detail. It is important for our students to have a sound understanding of the active chemistry associated with plant medicine and the Pharmacokinetics associated that may influence the actives both negatively and positively.

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 The history of herbal medicine
• Why herbs cure
• Signature of plants
• Physiomedical philosophy
• Basics of physiology
• Pharmacology and pharmacognosy
• Therapeutic actions of herbs
• Nutritional aspects of herbs
• Materia medica
• Herbarium
• Herbal preparation, manufacturing and dispensing of products
• Common terminology
• Regulations
• Why make your own herbal medicine
• Active constituents
• Extraction of active constituents
• Selecting the extraction process
• Solvents – types, selection, advantages and disadvantages
• Herb supply
• Wild crafting
• Growing, harvesting and drying
• Manufacturing guidelines
• Preparations in common use in clinical practice
• Internal preparations: infusions, decoctions, tincture
• External preparations: ointment, creams, poultice, salves
• Other preparations: inhalations, shampoo, soap
• Clinical hours
• Business plan
• Research thesis

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Course Information



Payment Plan:

30% deposit, add a 10% Merchant Services fee and pay the balance over 15 months

Course Dates:

Course intake is available the 1st of every month

Course Duration:

Course is scheduled to be completed within 3 years

Delivery Mode:

Distance education


Basic horse ownership knowledge


All assessments can be submitted by email and mail

Course Materials:

All text 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 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 25 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