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EQ1500: Equine First Aid

Date: Winter 2021 (Distance Learning)
Cost: $95
Duration: 1 week


Accidents and injuries can happen at any time anywhere, for any number of reasons. This makes it essential that everyone involved with horses – grooms, trainers, riders, drivers, coaches – learn how to administer first aid and how to do so safely. When minutes count, we need to know how to make the most of every second.

This course from the University of Guelph covers an overview of first aid procedures and includes a focus on many common health conditions horse caregivers may encounter on a day-to-day basis. A goal of this course is to give caregivers the peace of mind knowing that we can step in and help our horse when needed until a professional arrives.


  1. Principles of Triage
  • What to do to “be prepared”
  • Principles of “Triage”
  • A.C.T. (Assess the situation, Call for help, Treat the horse)
  • The ‘do’s and don’ts’ of first aid
  • Travel and trail
  1. Horse Assessment
  • How to perform the Horse Health Check
  • Common and severe injuries/sickness
  1. Wound Management
  • Wound first aid
  • Bandaging and bandage materials
  • Healing

4. The First Aid Kit

    • About kits
  • Inventory checklist

5. Responding to Eye Issues


You must be at least 16-years-old to take this course.

Required Materials

Once you have successfully completed the course, you must register for the externship to receive Equinology/EquiLearn Institute credit. It is completed at home to give you time to practice your new skills and ensure you understand the course material. The cost for externship grading is $100.  Please contact to request the externship once you have finished the course.

*This course is a requirement for the EEBWIII certification.


TBD by the University of Guelph


Registration for this course is done through the University of Guelph and may be accessed here.