Equine Technician (Level 1) Skill Set

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 Curriculum Status: Approved for use in September 2009

The Green Certificate equine curriculum has been approved through Alberta Education and is ready for student use.

The curriculum covers:
  • Maintaining Equine Health
  • Safe Handling and Behaviour
  • Maintaining Equine Facilities and Environments
  • Administering Nutritional Programs
  • Business Management Practices
  • Employability, Communication and Safety
If you have general questions, please feel free to contact Raelene Mercer at 780-968-3551 or raelene.mercer@gov.ab.ca or your Green Certificate Regional Coordinator.

For Registration Information
  • High school students should contact their school's off-campus education coordinator directly to indicate their interest in taking the equine specialty
  • Off-Campus Education Coordinators can contact their Green Certificate Regional Coordinator

All of our specialties have a large network of people who work hard to make them successful. Trainees and trainers form the group of people who use the written material day-to-day, but without testers and program support the testing and training days would be much harder to organize.

If you're interested in becoming a trainee, trainer or tester, you may find our Frequently Asked Question document helpful. Specific questions about being a trainee, trainer or tester can also be directed to your Regional Coordinator.

Summarized Equine Skill Set

Horse Production | Handling | Facilities | Health | Nutrition | Business Management | Performance Horse

Horse Production
  • Life, growth and reproductive cycles
  • Breeding
  • Euthanasia and disposal
  • Breeds, colours and markings
Safe Handling and Behavior
  • Basic equine anatomy
  • Psychology, behavior and body language
  • Stereotypic behaviors
  • Ground handling
  • Emergency situations
  • Trailer loading and unloading
Maintain Equine Facilities and Environment
  • Stabling and general facility equipment
  • Care and maintenance of tack
  • Trucks, trailers and safe transport
  • Biosecurity and facility protocols
  • Facility maintenance
  • Bedding and feed storage
  • Manure management and environmental stewardship
  • Watering systems
  • Field and pasture maintenance
Maintain Equine Health
  • Body condition score
  • Injuries, lameness and unsoundness
  • Conformation faults and blemishes
  • Basic first aid and alternative therapies
  • Assess temperature, pulse and respiration (TPR)
  • Vaccination and disease prevention programs
  • Dental requirements
  • Grooming and hoof care problems
  • Regular health maintenance
Administer Nutritional Programs
  • Nutritional and water requirements
  • Administer daily nutritional routine
  • Assist in designing a feeding program to performance and breed requirements
  • Keep accurate feed records
Understand and Apply Business Management Practices
  • Employability skills and professionalism
  • Accounts payable and receivable
  • Animal welfare concerns
  • Stable management routine
  • Computer and technology skills
  • Records management
  • Office and business administration
Manage the Performance Horse
  • Safe tacking procedures
  • Care and storage of tack
  • Blanketing procedures
  • Assist with warm-up and cool down routine
Questions about the Equine Curriculum?

Raelene Mercer – Green Certificate Program Coordinator
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Office: 780-968-3551
Fax: 780-968-3554
Email: raelene.mercer@gov.ab.ca
Toll free in Alberta 310-0000 then 780-968-3551

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This document is maintained by Lindsay Rodriguez.
This information published to the web on November 7, 2007.
Last Reviewed/Revised on February 22, 2016.