What is Equitation Science?

Equitation science promotes an objective, evidence-based understanding of how horses learn, and how to train them accordingly. It promotes the welfare of horses during training and competition by applying valid, quantitative evidence based methods.

Equitation = the art & practice of horsemanship & riding.

Science = knowledge

Why study Equitation Science?

The Diploma of Equitation Science offers new and exciting career opportunities in the growing field of equitation science, both in Australia and internationally.

Providing students with highly practical skills and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of horse handling, coaching and training, graduates are equipped with increasingly sought after skills in equine management, and are well placed at the forefront of evidence-based and ethical equine training practices.

A broad, multi-discipline course, the Diploma of Equitation Science is suitable for anyone who handles horses, including:

  • Trainers and coaches
  • Equine veterinarians
  • Chiropractors
  • Physiotherapists
  • Complementary therapists
  • Farriers and barefoot trimmers
  • Horse property owners
  • Horse managers
  • Equestrian clubs and centres
  • Pony clubs and members
  • Racing stables and trainers
  • General horse enthusiasts, including parents
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Fee Help: VET Student Loans

Equitation Science International is an approved VET Student Loans provider for Australian students enrolling into 10872NAT Diploma of Equitation Science.

What is a VET Student Loan?

A VET Student Loan (otherwise known as VSL) is a loan offered by the Australian government to cover your tuition fees. The loan is repayable via the taxation system once students reach the minimum income threshold. More information about VET Student Loans can be found here.

What You Learn

The Diploma of Equitation Science is a nationally recognised qualification with theoretical and practical components to ensure our graduates are highly competent in all areas of horse handling, coaching and training. The course units include:

Subject areas include:

  • Ethology
  • Behaviour
  • Learning
  • Biomechanics
  • In-hand training
  • Under-saddle training
  • Jumping
  • Breaking-in
  • Behavioural problem resolution
  • Coaching
  • First Aid
  • Risk management
  • Workplace training

2020 workshop dates*

Dates effected by CV19 – please contact ESI for updates


  • April 28-29
  • August 25-26
  • December 8-9


  • April 30-May 1
  • August 27-28
  • December 10-11

*Australian workshops only. For international workshops (UK, CA) contact ESI.

Apply now for our next intake, starting in:

2021/02/02 17:00:00

(February 3rd, 2021)

Enrolment procedure

Enrolment can take up to 5 days. Ensure you are prepared with the following:

  • Request enrolment forms
  • Prepare riding video (showing trot & canter)
  • Complete Language, Literacy & Numeracy test
  • Submit forms, video and ID
Application for next intake due by January 25th, 2021.

View our online portal

Continued Support

As a student of the Diploma of Equitation Science, you join a growing community of like-minded horse professionals and enthusiasts. Students are invited to join a discussion group to share in and contribute ideas during their study.

After completing their Diploma, graduates are invited to join a private group to stay in touch with fellow students, former graduates and the team at Equitation Science International. Graduates are also invited to attend bi-ennial trainers conferences.

Entry Requirements

The ability to ride a horse in walk, trot and canter demonstrating control and balance.

Enrolment and Payment

The cost of the entire course is AU$8,900.00. Pay per unit and payment plans are also available.  VET Student Loans are available for eligible Australian Students.

Recognised Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgment of skills and knowledge obtained through formal training, work experience and/or life experience. The purpose of this process is to identify and assess previously acquired skills and knowledge against the required competency standards. Course participants applying for RPL must provide evidence to the satisfaction of ESI. This evidence must clearly indicate that the applicant is able to demonstrate all of the required skills and knowledge for the unit in question. Information and documentation regarding the application procedure for RPL and/or Credit Transfers will be made available to all participants upon request.

NAT units (NAT10872001-004) are not available for RPL.

More Information

To learn more about studying at Equitation Science International, please contact the ESI Team on enrolments@esi-education.com

Student feedback

“This has been an incredibly interesting experience and in all honesty, completely life-changing. I’m excited to move forward and continue working with it all! Thank you especially for all your support and your help during my studies” – Lisa V, ESI Diploma Graduate

“The ESI diploma course has been such an influence on my life and direction with horses and I am so grateful that it found me when I so desperately needed it” – Audrey Siewert, ESI Diploma Graduate

“Thank you so much to the team at ESI for making this opportunity available and teaching me all about the world of equitation science. I will do my best to help change the horse world one horse at a time!” – Bec Kerr, ESI Diploma Graduate