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Tasmania Hoofcare Course

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Set in the beautiful surroundings of Northern Tasmania, our courses provide a unique opportunity for those wishing to enter the equine hoof care profession – a growing industry worldwide. The goal of this course is to gain employment as a natural hoof care practitioner, or be skilled to maintain your own horse’s hooves. Many job opportunities exist in Australia for enthusiastic, qualified and skilled hoof care practitioners.

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Enrol in the course

You can enrol for our Tasmanian Hoofcare Course starting Monday the 30th of January 2017 and finishing Friday the 10th of February (inclusive) 2017 here: Tassie 2017.  If you are travelling from interstate, plan to fly home on Saturday the 11th of February.  Saturday the 4th of February is a day off.

What does our Hoofcare course cover?

The course covers such areas as

  • Developing safe skills – occupational health and safety
  • Wild horse research – relevance to the domestic horse
  • Hoof mechanism – anatomy and function
  • Benefits of barefoot trimming
  • Developing a foundation for sound hooves and natural environment
  • Hoof Pathologies – recognising, treating & rehabilitating
  • Hoof protection – Shoeing and Hoof boots
  • Tools and equipment
  • Assessing conformation, movement, soundness
  • Cadaver and live horse trimming
  • Specific trimming information for foals, donkeys etc
  • Horse handling, manual handling
  • The holistic horse – nutrition, saddle fit, teeth, horse industry networks
  • Customer service, business practice

How long does the course go for?

The course runs for 12 months. It starts out with a 2 week intensive face to face component. Then there is a 12 month period where you complete assignments at your own pace. Of course, the Hoofcare team support you throughout this process through phone and email. We also have quite a vibrant Facebook group which includes previous students as well.

What is our national recognition?

The course is underpinned by 6 units from the Certificate III in Agriculture. At the end of the course, if you have successfully completed the assessments, you will receive a statement of attainment that lists the units and that you have successfully completed them. These units are nationally recognised around Australia. The units are:

  • AHCHBR302A – Carry out basic hoof care procedures
  • AHCHBR306A – Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
  • AHCHBR307A – Assess suitability of horses for stock work
  • AHCLSK311A – Implement feeding plans for livestock
  • AHCLSK331A – Comply with industry animal welfare requirements
  • AHCOHS301A – Contribute to OHS processes

How much does the course cost?

The course costs $3900. There is a $1000 deposit required and then the remainder is payable by 10 equal installments.

Payment Schedule

You will receive the invoice for the deposit course via email.  This will be an invoice for $1000 and GST is not payable on this invoice.  You are required to pay your deposit to reserve a place in the course.  We limit the number of places in this course.   The remainder of the course monies will be paid in monthly instalments of $290.00.  This equates to 10 equal instalments totalling $290.00.  These payments are done via direct debit.

How is the course delivered

This course is comprised of two modes of delivery:

  • A two week face to face component starting Monday the 30th of January 2017 and finishing Friday the 10th of February (inclusive).  You should plan to go home on Saturday the 11th.  Saturday the 4th of February is a day off; and
  • A 12 month self-paced study with email, online and telephone support

Other important information

As part of the sign up process, please make yourself familiar with some of our more important policies.  Not only are we required to make you aware of these but it is also good for you to know.  One of the most important policies is our refund policy.   You will be required to accept our refund policy as part of your enrolment application.   You can access some of our policies here:

We haven’t put all of our policies online so if you have questions about how we do something that is not covered in the policies online, please ask us before you commit to undertaking the course.

After you have enrolled

Once you have enrolled, you will automatically have a username and password created so that you can login to our website.  We manually approve all account creations so this is a two-step process.  We will let you know once the account is active.

Once the account is active, you can find out more information about the course, what you need to bring, essential reading etc. here:  You will need to login to access this page.  This is important information so please take some time to go through it.

Accommodation Information

We do not provide accommodation as part of the course.  However, there a number of accommodation options in Deloraine.  Note that Deloraine is a small town so it’s very unlikely you will need a car if you are staying in the town.  You will need to book your accommodation early as it is fruit picking season in Deloraine in February and accommodation will start to become scarce.

The Deloraine Hotel

  • The Deloraine Hotel has rooms available from $40 per night (subject to change)
  • During the time of the course, they can get pretty booked out so please book early

Contact details for Deloraine Hotel

The Empire Hotel

The Empire hotel has a range of rooms available.

Contact Details

The British Hotel Deloraine

  • The British Hotel has said it could fit 10 to 12 people for the duration of the course.  But there is no kitchen.
  • Cost: Affordable – please contact them direct for pricing.  Tell them that you are doing the Hoof care course for a discount.

Contact Details

  • Phone number: 03 63622016

Other Accommodation options

There are a variety of other accommodation options in Deloraine as well.  These include:

Deloraine High view Lodge Backpackers

  • Phone:  (03) 6362 2996

The Bush Inn

  • Cost: $25 (subject to change) a night but they said they won’t take bookings because it’s fruit picking season and they are generally full

The Tiers Cottages

Mountain View Country Inn

And there is a good camping ground

What others have said about our courses

“The course for me was great fun and a wonderful learning opportunity. I have met some inspiring and interesting people (and horses!) along the way. I loved the hands on trimming and the presentation of information.”
Kristal Berry, Tasmania

“Obtaining this Certificate has greatly assisted my credibility as a Professional Trimmer. I love what I do and my client list grows each week. I now have a more solid understanding of so many facets of horse care, hoof care, feed…….the list goes on.”
Ann Batt, Qld

“”This course offered everything I needed to become a professional hoof care provider. I have the confidence in assessing conformation and movement, I am able to identify hoof pathologies and provide a trimming treatment plan, provide advice and support to owners considering the barefoot lifestyle for horses that have been shod long or short term and I can give advice on feeding and housing regimes for maximum hoof health. All of this is backed up by a fantastic support team from my extremely knowledgeable lecturers.”
Julie Scott, Victoria