Assist with the care of horses
This unit includes the daily care of the stabled and grass kept horse to include colours and markings, grooming, clipping and health checks, feeding and watering
Assist with cleaning the stable yards
This unit focuses on the various types of mucking out and you will develop the knowledge and understanding of sustainability within a stable yard.
Assist with putting on, taking off and cleaning
Within this unit you will assist with applying an assortment of horse clothing and tack including the importance of maintaining the good condition of tack and equipment.
Assist with handling horses
In this unit you will learn to safely turn out and catch horses along with understanding the importance of field safety checks.
Maintain health, safety and good working relations
This unit is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to ensure that health and safety becomes part of routine working practices; to build habits of working with regard for personal safety and that of others. You will consider the advantages of team work. You will gain knowledge of how to work positively as a team member.
Ride horses in an enclosed area
Suitability for this unit will be assessed by a ride interview.
This course gives a practical introduction to the equine industry. Students need to be over 16, demonstrating confidence and competence in basic horse care skills. Academic qualifications are not essential, just a willingness to learn. (Students under the age of 16 may be eligible but specific funding arrangement will apply, please contact the College for further details).
Learning and assessment
Stable management will be developed within the College yard and students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of horse care. It is extremely popular with school leavers who wish to combine a practical based training programme with sound theoretical knowledge. This course is ideally suited to students who wish to spend a year developing their knowledge and experience working with horses. The course contains plenty of practical work and so students applying for this course will be expected to be hardworking, keen to learn about horse care and willing to be hands on when working on the stable yard.
The optional Riding Unit allows students to develop their riding ability and skills. Students taking this unit will have one riding lesson per week.
Myerscough has some of the best teaching and event facilities in the UK. Students completing this one year course will be well prepared for employment in the equine industry.
City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care
Employment opportunities in Equine and its related industries are currently very good. The EQL Level 1 Diploma provides the qualification and experience for entry into the industry at an operational level. Former students have gone on to work as grooms, stable yard assistance, stud grooms and for charity organisations.
1 Enrichment Activities:
Students will be given the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities throughout the duration of the course. Most of these activities will be funded by the College, however at times the cost may be required to be covered by the student.
2. Equipment and/or Clothing:
Plain navy or black jodhpurs, College sweatshirt/ polo shirt in navy/ black, or similar plain sweatshirt/ polo shirt. Navy or black jacket (warm and waterproof advised). Boots for yard work – wellingtons or strong boots, riding hat to current standard PAS015 or BSEN1384 plus gloves and hairnet. Riding boots or leather gaiters (suede chaps are not allowed as they rub the horses’ sides). Jumping whip and schooling whip, plus back protector for jumping lessons. (Hooded jumpers, bright or garish clothing are not acceptable on the yards).
3 Extra Costs:
Resources and Facilities Contribution, approximately £95.00 - Preston. £30 - Liverpool (subject to change).
Work experience is an essential part of the course - working on the College's own yard - this will be one day per week. Students will also have the opportunity to be involved in world class jumping, dressage and show events to be held at the College.
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