The Horse Trust offers distance learning through short online courses for professionals working in the equine welfare sector in England and Wales. The courses cover a range of subjects based around legislation, welfare, handling and equine behaviour. Whatever your role working with horses or donkeys, as a veterinary surgeon, for a charity or enforcement organisation we have a course for you.

The short online courses are affordable and offer remote study options and cover topics in bite sized format. Courses are delivered on-line to allow the learner to work through the course at their own pace and around their work and personal commitments. Some courses may also include a practical training day at our Home of Rest for Horses in Buckinghamshire.

The short online courses have been designed for and are currently only available to;

* Individuals employed by or volunteering for organisations that investigate, or assist in the investigation, of alleged equine welfare concerns

* Individuals employed by organisations that enforce animal welfare legislation and/or other legislation affecting horses, ponies and donkeys

* Individuals employed by or volunteering for organisations that board, care for and/or rehabilitate horses, ponies and donkeys with compromised welfare, including horses that are the subject of prosecutions

* Individuals employed by or volunteering for organisations that rehome or retrain horses, ponies and donkeys

* Equine veterinary surgeons

If you do not work or volunteer for one of the above organisations you are not eligible to complete these courses. However we will be developing courses for other audiences at a later stage.If that's something you might be interested in please contact us on: 01494 488464. Discounts may apply for Local Authorities and smaller charitable organisations. Discounts may also be available for group purchases by larger organisations. If you think this may apply to you please contact us before completing the form below.


 Courses Currently available 

Course Name

Brief Overview


An Overview of the Animal Welfare Act 2006

This provides an overview of the Animal Welfare Act 2006
and the sections contained.


Control of Horses Act 2015 explained

All you need to know about the Control of Horses Act 2015
and enforcing this.


An Introduction to Horse Health

This course provides a basic introduction into horse health.


The Five Needs in Practice

A practical guide to ensuring horses are having the five needs included in the Animal Welfare Act met.


An Introduction to Equine Nutrition

A basic introduction into equine nutrition.


Meeting the needs of geriatric Equids

This course discusses how the care of geriatric horses may differ and how to meet their needs.


An introduction to Equine Behaviour

An introduction to the principles of how horses learn

An introduction to equine behaviour modification

These courses are a series and should be completed in the order specified on the list. These courses will go into equine behaviour, how horses learn and the principles of equitation science and learning theory.


Transporting horses by road

This is a handling and behaviour course based around transporting horses.



More courses all based around specific job roles in the equine welfare sector are being developed and rolled out and many more will be available soon. You can see what's up next here. If there's a topic you would like us to cover let us know by e-mailing:


To book your course start by entering your details below. All fields need to be completed to move onto the next stage , but before doing that please make sure you have read the terms and conditions. When you submit the form it will be sent to our Training Department who will get in touch with you to verify a few details and help you to make your booking. 

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