Who are we?

Equine Distance Learning was established in 2010, by Sarah Tame. From teaching evening classes at college, Sarah noticed the challenges that students faced when trying to find convenient times to learn about horses. Distance learning seemed the perfect way for students to learn flexibly, and thousands of students have been learning with us ever since! We offer a wide range of courses for horse owners, prospective owners, professionals and anyone who is passionate about correct equine care!

About Sarah

Sarah grew up with horses. Her grandfather owned a Riding School, her mother was a successful show-jumper, and Pony Club for Sarah was the start of her equestrian career. Sarah achieved her Pony Club A test at the age of 19 and then went on to become British Horse Society Stage 4 Senior Coach (BHSII). Sarah has competed across all disciplines and has coached riders up to A test standard. Sarah is a Pony Club examiner and also holds her NLP Master Practitioner in Sport Certification.

Sarah was a lecturer at an Equine College for over eight years before founding Equine Distance Learning. More recently Sarah has completed a MSc in Equine Science, to add more academic rigour to the courses that are written for Equine Distance Learning.

Sarah's extensive experience in the equine industry along with her experience as a lecturer, her BHS and academic qualifications combine to produce online courses that deliver up to date information and effective learning environments for all.

Sarah lives with her family in Hampshire with her horse 'Murphy', her sons pony 'Buddy', and 'Socks' the cat!

Our Aim

The main aim of Equine Distance Learning is to educate those who want to learn about horses. It has been highlighted in recent literature that horse owners are lacking in knowledge which can be detrimental to equine welfare. (I am sure that we have all experienced the 'yard expert' who thinks that they know everything!). Where people are not able to attend a training course in person, distance learning offers the flexibility to study and learn about horses in your own time and at your own pace. You can re-watch videos, and re-read content as many times as you like!

We aim to deliver correct information based on recent research to give you the confidence that you are doing the right thing for your horse or for the horse that you care for.

How do our courses work?

When you enrol on a course, you will have access to all the content which is a combination of written text, video demonstrations, interactive quizzes, learning activities and assessments. Assessments are via the submission of videos, written assessments, online tests, or through the completion of workbooks. You can contact your tutor at any point throughout the course via email, or through commenting on each course page, where your tutor will respond.

Studying with us is fun - we offer a non-pressured environment where you will be fully supported in order to pass your course and achieve your certificate!

Click on the courses tab at the top of this page to discover the full range of courses that are available to study.

Janet Cutts

BHS Challenge Award in

Horse Knowledge Part 1

At 73 years old Janet still enjoys riding her gorgeous cob Apollo. Janet told us that "he will be 13 this year and is quite a character having a reputation for being strong and fast. Fortunately I know where the brake pedal is!"

Teresa Watts

BHS Challenge Awards in

Horse Knowledge Part 1 & 2

"Thank you for my certificate. I have loved doing the 1st course and am looking forward to starting the 2nd. I used to work with horses when I was 18 and these are great now I am older and have been away from horse for quite a few years. I did a home study course through someone else but it was nowhere near as good as this one. I am looking

forward to doing all your courses!"

Michelle Wrighting

BHS Challenge Awards in

Horse Knowledge Part 1 & 2

"I have found the Horse knowledge challenge award course very rewarding and as I’ve had a break from any kind of horse riding it was great to have a refresher and also I’m aiming to gain my qualifications so I can teach people to ride. I look forward to continuing studying with Equine

Distance Learning"

Rebecca Dent

Introduction to Equine Massage

"Maisie & I have received the certificate, thank you very much! It was a fantastic course, brilliant to do alongside my Equine Veterinary Nursing apprenticeship I am doing, and has given me a great insight into equine massage. I hope to explore it further when I am a qualified veterinary nurse in a couple of years time!"

Charlie Tilley

BHS Challenge Award in

Horse Knowledge Part Two

"The course has really helped me gain confidence in my knowledge and reignited my love of horse care. Its been a great thing to do over the summer and means that as I further my university career I don’t lose my horsey roots."

George Attard

Equine Behaviour & Psychology

"The Equine Behaviour and Psychology course was very helpful to understand horses' behaviour in a very detailed way. The course has provided an explanation for a vast range of different behaviours that I previously misunderstood. The course was also very interactive the audio and visual inserts were amazingly useful and explain a particular situation clearly that would not have been possible to be explained in words alone. I would also like to thank the Equine Distance Learning staff for continuously being very supportive."