Safe and Effective working practices in land-based industries
This unit provides students with the knowledge and understanding to work safely on an equine care yard or place of work. It covers the correct procedures, recommended codes of practice and current legislations. Students will learn about how to report an accident and also how to use Personal Protective Equipment at work.
Assist with the preparation for exercise and aftercare of horses
This unit covers the daily care of the stable kept horse including grooming; applying and removing rugs and tack and tack maintenance.
Exercise horses under supervision
Students will ride ride well mannered horses in the indoor and outdoor schools in walk, trot and canter, maintaining balance when riding on the flat or over poles. Applicants will be assessed at the start of the course for your suitability for this module.
Assist with the handing and restraint of animals
In this module students will work on safe handing of the horse and methods of restraining the horse e.g. for the vet or farrier.
Develop Performance in land-based industries
This unit enables students to gain experience of working as an effective team member. It also provides the opportunity to work alone, developing personal skills.
Assist with feeding and watering animals
This unit covers the basic feeding and watering requirements for horses. It encompasses a variety of different feeding and watering systems. Students will learn the theory then go and provide feed and water for the college horses.
Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation
In this module students will prepare stables for new horses and practice different systems of mucking out. The unit covers different stabling types and suitable fixtures and fittings for a stable and yard.
Maintain the health of horses
This module covers general health problems associated with every day care of the horse in the stable and kept out at grass.
Students need to be 14 or over with some horse related experience and have functional English, Maths and Science skills. Students will complete a certificate qualification in year one and a diploma qualification in year two.
Learning and assessment
Assessment is in a number of different ways depending on the unit and the topic e.g. practical assessments, online tests, projects and case studies.
Students who successfully complete the course may wish to study full time at Myerscough or at another college or enrol onto a work based apprenticeship.
- Black or navy jodhpurs and sweatshirt.
- Long or short riding boots – must have a smooth sole
- Half chaps or gaiters may be worn but must be leather
- Riding hat (kite mark BSEN1384 or PAS 015)
- Short whip and body protector (only required if riding on the course)
- Pen, folder and paper
- Tetanus vaccination must be up to date
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