Level 2 Technical Certificate

Horse Care

Also offered at Burrow’s Lane

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?

  • Health and Safety
  • Equine Health and Welfare
  • Working in Equine Industry
  • Horse Tack and Equipment
  • Routine Stable Duties
  • Feeding and Watering Horses
  • Horse Handling and Grooming
  • Introduction to Lunging
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Work Placement (150 hours)
  • 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?

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
Industry mentors

Emily Watts Dressage

Emily is a UKCC Level 2 Coach, a Pony Club Accredited Trainer and is currently training for her British Dressage Judges certification. A sympathetic yet effective rider having seen success at National Level Dressage competition with a string of horses, she currently trains with Patsy Bartram. Emily was runner up at the Prestigious British Dressage Young Professional awards at Talland in 2017 and is keen to support and advise the next generation moving into the industry.

Ruth Kennerley Human and Equine Sports Therapy

 Ruth is a successful Human and Equine Sports Therapist who graduated from the University of the West of England with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Equestrian Sports Science and holds a Level 4 Sports Massage Diploma at The University of Nottingham. Ruth is a member of the Association of Soft Tissue Therapists and an experienced athlete currently competing at Advanced Level Dressage, with National success. In addition, Ruth was selected as a member of the prestigious Equine Elite Academy whilst studying at Hartpury and brings a wealth of experience to the programme.

Useful information

Livery packages at Reaseheath Equestrian Centre

We offer a range of livery packages from full working livery to DIY livery with a stable management option. To find out more about our livery packages visit the livery pages on our website.

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.


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

*Subject to terms and conditions

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
Laura Lehwald

Ambition: Travelling racehorse groom

School: Wellington School, Altrincham

Age: 17

Laura’s keen to get a good career in the equestrian industry and she’s looked at lots of different options while at college.

She’s completed work experience with respected showjumper John Shaw, helping with both the livery and riding school parts of his business, and has also joined our arena party at the Bolesworth International showjumping competition and at Bradwall Horse Trials.

Inspired by our links with the Cheshire Racing Hub, which promotes careers locally within the racehorse industry, Laura now hopes to work as a racehorse groom. This could lead to extensive travel to racing fixtures, both at home and abroad.

Along with her college course, Laura has continued to work at the equestrian centre where she originally learned to ride. She enjoys teaching children so has also considered instructing as a career.

Moving on to our Level 3 Extended Diploma, Laura says: “Working with horses can be physically hard but very rewarding. You learn a lot at Reaseheath because you’re dealing with different horses in different situations but the staff are always there to help if you need them”.