Level 2 Diploma
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.
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?
- Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care
- You will also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications, including BHS Certificates
- Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths (depending on previous qualifications)
Course options after this programme
- 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
You will also have the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- Volunteering/working within the community
- BHS progressive tests (1-6) and other BHS qualifications
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?
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)|
|4’11 – 5’2”||10||64|
|5’3 – 5’6”||11||70|
|5’7” – 5’9”||12||76|
The max weight limit for the centre is 13 stone.