10872NAT Diploma of Equitation Science

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

Fee Help: VET Students 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.

Diploma of Equitation Science

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 training and coaching.

Study from home with our online learning portal, and attend practical training at our workshops or train with an ESI Nominated Coach.

Subject areas include:

  • Ethology
  • Behaviour
  • Learning
  • Biomechanics
  • In-hand training
  • Under-saddle training
  • Training various tasks (multi discipline)
  • Foundation Training (Breaking-in)
  • Behavioural problem resolution
  • Coaching
  • First Aid
  • Risk management
  • Workplace training

2021 workshop dates*

Dates may be effected by CV19 – please contact ESI for updates


April 27
August 30
December 7


April 29
August 25
December 8

*Australian workshops in Victoria only. For distance education students contact ESI.

Apply now for our next intake, closing in:

2022/01/17 00:00:00

(Term 1 commences Jan 31st, 2022)

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 16th, 2022.


Contact us to request enrolment information

View our online portal demonstration

Student Community

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

View our list of FAQ’s here.

If there is a question you do not find the answer to, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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

“Completing the ESDip has provided me with the skills necessary to implement and teach safe, ethical and sustainable training methods.  This knowledge has proved extremely beneficial in addressing behavioural issues in the ridden horse.  I particularly enjoy retraining retired race horses, and helping others do the same, by addressing behavioural issues and assisting them (the horse) in finding a purposeful and content life after racing.  I am so grateful to have discovered Equitation Science which has significantly enhanced my skills as a coach and trainer, and I am certain my own horses are very appreciative too!”

Sussan Evans, ESI Diploma Graduate

“It’s been so great studying, I have learned so much and seen such a positive difference in training of my horses and other horses I have worked with! This diploma has given me so much valuable skills and knowledge and I’m excited to see where I can take it, so a big thank you to the ESI team”

– Louise Wilmot, 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

“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