EQL Level 4 Horse Care and Management

Higher Equine Apprenticeship

This Higher Apprenticeship is aimed at Yard Managers whose role it is to ensure the yard runs efficiently. A Yard Manager’s responsibility would be the day to day running of the yard including managing staff, care of the horses, all aspects of health and safety and dealing with clients and owners.

The qualification is the EQL Level 4 Certificate in Horse Care and Management (practical) and The Principles of Horse Care and Management (theory). The apprentice would be supported by our highly experienced Trainer-Coaches in the work place, eliminating the need to go off-site for training.

  • Entry requirements

    The Equine industry want the entry requirements for the Higher Apprenticeship to be flexible, so therefore at least that one of the following should be completed:

    • Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care and Management/Racehorse Care and Management Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Care and Management
    • Level 3 Certificate in Horse Care Level 3 Certificate in Riding Horses on the Flat
    • Level 3 Award in the Principles of Horse Care
    • At least three years industry experience
  • Eligibility
    • Not to have achieved a Foundation or Degree, NVQ 4 or higher.
    • Not be in full time Education; School, College, University or on another Apprenticeship.
    • There is no upper age limit, however if you are aged above 20 years old you must have been within your current role no longer than 12 months.
What next?

Employing an apprentice

If you have never taken on an apprentice before you could be eligible for a grant of up to £2,500. We offer a FREE in-house recruitment service to help you find a new apprentice to join your team. If you have an existing member of staff that would like to progress to a Higher Apprenticeship, they could also complete this apprenticeship. Contact us today on 01672 519977 or email enquiries@haddontraining.co.uk

Becoming an apprentice

If you are interested in completing this course and meet the entry requirements, please get in touch with us as soon as possible on 01672 519977 or email enquiries@haddontraining.co.uk

You will combine horse care with the riding pathway. You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, the latter will depend on the type of yard you work on.

At Level 2 you could learn how to ride horses on the road, ride and lead a horse, jump a schooled horse.

At Level 3 you could learn how to ride horses for exercise, ride schooled horses on the flat and over jumps to maintain training.

The non-riding pathway is aimed at apprentices who are passionate about the care and welfare of the horse without wanting to ride. You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, the latter will depend on the type of yard you work on.

At Level 2 you could learn how to fit and remove horse clothing, plait and trim horses manes and tails, and assist with the day to day care of the performance horse.

At Level 3 you could learn how to clip a horse, prepare horses for competitions and care for them after the event.

This pathway is for apprentices working in a competition horse, or Thoroughbred stud; it combines horse care with specialist breeding units.

At Level 2 you will learn how to assist with getting a the mare in foal, assist with foaling and handling mares and foals.

At Level 3 you will learn how to prepare a mare for covering, attend to a mare and foal during foaling, handle stallions, and maintain stud documentation.

We are able to offer the BHS Stage Care Exams as a Pathway in Wales.

BHS Stage 2 Care

You will learn how to groom and plait horses and fit equipment; fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise, and learn the principles of watering, feeding and fittening Horses; amd the principles of stabling and grassland care for horses.

Stage 3 Care

You will learn: how to care for the competition horse; about horse health, anatomy and physiology; how to lunge a fit horse for exercise; and learn the principles of watering, feeding and fittening Horses; amd the principles of stabling and grassland care for horses.

  • Riding

    You will combine horse care with the riding pathway. You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, the latter will depend on the type of yard you work on.

    At Level 2 you could learn how to ride horses on the road, ride and lead a horse, jump a schooled horse.

    At Level 3 you could learn how to ride horses for exercise, ride schooled horses on the flat and over jumps to maintain training.

  • Non-Riding

    The non-riding pathway is aimed at apprentices who are passionate about the care and welfare of the horse without wanting to ride. You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, the latter will depend on the type of yard you work on.

    At Level 2 you could learn how to fit and remove horse clothing, plait and trim horses manes and tails, and assist with the day to day care of the performance horse.

    At Level 3 you could learn how to clip a horse, prepare horses for competitions and care for them after the event.

  • Breeding

    This pathway is for apprentices working in a competition horse, or Thoroughbred stud; it combines horse care with specialist breeding units.

    At Level 2 you will learn how to assist with getting a the mare in foal, assist with foaling and handling mares and foals.

    At Level 3 you will learn how to prepare a mare for covering, attend to a mare and foal during foaling, handle stallions, and maintain stud documentation.

  • British Horse Society Exams

    We are able to offer the BHS Stage Care Exams as a Pathway in Wales.

    BHS Stage 2 Care

    You will learn how to groom and plait horses and fit equipment; fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise, and learn the principles of watering, feeding and fittening Horses; amd the principles of stabling and grassland care for horses.

    Stage 3 Care

    You will learn: how to care for the competition horse; about horse health, anatomy and physiology; how to lunge a fit horse for exercise; and learn the principles of watering, feeding and fittening Horses; amd the principles of stabling and grassland care for horses.

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