Level 2 Diploma

Horse Care

Offered at Croft End Equestrian Centre

This course is designed to introduce you to the many career options within the equestrian industry. You will develop the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to work within the industry.

You will work with horses in a safe environment, complete work experience and enjoy study trips – great preparation for your next steps in study or employment.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Carry out and understand the principles of feeding & watering horses
  • Undertake routine stable duties
  • Undertake horse handling
  • Fit and maintain horse tack and clothing
  • Undertake horse grooming trimming and plaiting
  • Maintain animal health & welfare
  • Intro to principles of behaviour
  • Undertake work related experience in land based industry
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades D
  • Foundation Level 1 in Horse Care at Merit or above

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Groom
  • Riding schools and livery yards
  • Competition yards – eventing, show jumping, dressage, showing
  • Racing industry

Please note: acceptance onto riding units is subject to assessment and maximum weight limit based on scale. Click here for further information on our new scale of weight limit for riding

Additional qualifications

You will also have the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • Volunteering/working within the community
  • BHS progressive tests (1-6) and other BHS qualifications
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Weight Limit for Riding

In response to the developments in Equitation Science and the importance of promoting personal health and well-being the Equestrian Centre is establishing a new scale of weight limit for riding.

Current research has proven that horses should only be carrying 10- 20% of their own bodyweight when being ridden, this includes the clothing and tack used.  With the maximum being 20%, as there is a substantial effect on the horses gait and behaviour in response to rider’s weight.   When deciding what weight horses should carry other considerations have to include; age of the horse, the horses condition, level & duration of work, saddle fit, rider ability and balance.

We have therefore taken all of these factors into consideration when evaluating what weight is appropriate for the horses at Reaseheath to carry in order to ensure our horses welfare.  It is also important that we are promoting personal health and well-being in all our staff and learners – ‘riders are athletes’ and working in the equine industry is demanding, we want to support our students in being prepared for this in every way we can.

The weight limit for the Equestrian Centre has therefore been determined based on:

  • Healthy height v weight parameters
  • The height of the riders and the size of pony/horse they are most likely to ride
  • Max weight capacity for horse bodyweight (+tack)
  • Workload of the horses
  • Age range of horses
  • Rider ability

The weight limits are:

Height Weight (st) Weight (Kg)
Upto 4’10” 9 58
4’11 – 5’2” 10 64
5’3 – 5’6” 11 70
5’7” – 5’9” 12 76
5’10 upwards 13 82

The max weight limit for the centre is 13 stone.

Student Profile

Jane Boyden

Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management

After doing my A Levels I decided that I wanted a career in horses but didn’t want to leave home, so studying through Reaseheath College at Croft End was an ideal opportunity.

I studied here for 2 years where in was taught by Lisa and Claire, and gained my BHS Stage 1+2, Level 3 in Horse Management, Riding And Road Safety as well as both Equine and Human First Aid.

After leaving college I went to work on the yard at Gilliver Vets, where I was soon appointed Head Girl. My responsibilities included the day to day running/ overseeing the yard, working alongside the vets and assisting with any inpatients or any procedures that were taking place as well as looking after John and Annes horses, this included getting them fit and prepping them for the hunting season. I would have to get them ready for a days hunting sometimes even a few days away hunting, then when they came back home sorting them out.

When hunting season was over the showing season would start, so again the responsibilities of Annes show horses as well as clients horses. So this would include prepping for shows, going through the show dates and planning the season, ensuring all their tack was correct and suitable, feeding, work regime for the week as well as going to the shows with them as a groom.

I’ve worked at Gilliver vets for the past 3 ½ years and have loved every minute as well as gaining a vast amount of knowledge and experience that will stay with me for a long time.

I now work for John and Anne as their personal groom, with the responsibilities of keeping johns hunters looking smart as well as still having an input on their fitness regimes, tack changes etc. but my main responsibility is being a show groom. This requires me to keep the show horses looking and going well, ensuring all show tack etc is correct and changing it if required. I get the horses ready for the ring and I travel to all the shows with them such as RIHS, HOYS, Royal Windsor, Great Yorkshire, Cheshire County etc. as well as working with these show horses I compete my own when I can, contesting RIHS/HOYS qualifiers at shows such as Cheshire County, Great Yorkshire, N.O.E, etc.

Throughout the winter months I clip client’s horses and I have a large client base which includes clipping some client’s horses for major competitions including HOYS which is just around the corner as I specialise in show clips, but I do go out and do general clips. During the summer months and throughout the showing season I have a large client base for trimming and prepping horses for the show ring, including this year winners of RIHS, Great Yorkshire, Cheshire County and Royal Windsor.

As well as this I work as yard manager at a riding pony stud where my responsibilities are looking after the mares and foals, yearlings/young stock, weaning mares and foals, and the general day to day running of the yard.

I can highly recommend training through Reaseheath College as a pathway to a career in/with horses.