Equine First Aid short course


Various locations (including Dunedin)*

Three hours

Love horses and want to learn how to apply first aid to them in an emergency?

This course is aimed at people who own, ride or work with horses, and caters for all levels and ages. There are no prerequisites for entry but a sound understanding of English is required.

Please note: This course, along with our other equine short courses, is run to demand throughout New Zealand. We hold waiting lists for many areas. If you or your club/organisation are interested in hosting any of our equine short courses in your area, please contact Steph.Mann@op.ac.nz 

Entry requirements
  • There are no prerequisites for entry but a sound understanding of the English language is required.
  • People with disabilities are welcome but please contact us in advance to discuss your requirements as not all venues may be suitable.
Course content

We will explore the following medical scenarios:

  • Emergency situations including safe restraint of a horse,
  • How to control bleeding including bandaging of wounds,
  • Hands-on learning such as the spider bandage,
  • How to perform a clinical examination on a horse safely. 

The course is not designed to teach participants how to diagnose disease or illness, but how to apply first aid in a variety of emergency situations.

Please note: Course availability is subject to minimum numbers and participant numbers are limited to 20 per course.


Depending on numbers, this course can be delivered in a range of locations including Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.


Participants are eligible for an Otago Polytechnic Certificate of Attendance at the end of the session, which includes an open book assessment.

For more information

Please email Steph.Mann@op.ac.nz to find out more.