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The level 2 apprenticeship in Horse Care is an ideal course if you wish to begin to develop within the industry but have limited experience working with horses within an equine business. The apprenticeship can be tailored to different specialisms including riding, yard-based (non-riding), breeding, and racing. We are also able to offer the BHS Stages as a pathway in Wales. This apprenticeship will give you a solid foundation in horse care and a strong start to a career working with horses.

Horse care apprentices play a vital role in equine businesses across Wales and England and help ensure the future of this incredible industry.

  • The role of a Horse Care apprentice

    The role is wide-ranging and covers

    • Daily care and duties to maintain the highest level of welfare.
    • Assisting a supervisor or yard manager to care for the horses.
    • Assisting a supervisor or yard manager with a training plan for each horse.

    All apprentices will be entering professional employment in this popular industry; receiving a contract of employment and being paid in line with the Apprentice National Minimum Wage. Working in the equine industry requires dedication and commitment, as well as, learning and adhering to safe working practices, being flexible and prepared to work in all weather conditions.

  • Entry Requirements

    To apply for this apprenticeship you will need to be of school leaver age. If you are already attending college or higher education you may still be eligible –please contact one of our team.

    If you have worked for more than 12 months in your current role, typically you will be enrolled onto a level 3 apprenticeship due to your existing knowledge and experience.

    If you are unsure of your eligibility, please just contact our friendly team to discuss.

  • Maths and English

    Essential Skills are a mandatory part of the apprenticeship programme in Wales. Application of Number and Communication will therefore be included in the delivery of the programme, unless you have achieved Grade A-C or 4-9 at GCSE level in maths and English, or up to a Level 2 Essential Skills qualification.

    Essential Skills are taken at Level 1 and at Level 2; Level 1 is taken as part of the Level 2 apprenticeship programme, and Level 2 is taken as part of the Level 3 apprenticeship programme.

    Within each essential skill, there is a control task and confirmatory test. The control task is a controlled assessment undertaken in exam conditions in short periods of time across an 8-week time frame. The confirmatory test is a multiple-choice paper of 30 questions.

    You would be prepared and supported for both elements of the Essential Skills by your Trainer Coach.

  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    You will be regularly assessed in the workplace by your Trainer-Coaches, with testimonies from your Employer/Trainer. Case studies, pictures/videos and some written assignments/workbooks may also be used by your Trainer-Coach to check your knowledge and understanding.

  • What are the next steps in your career?

    The equine industry is vast. There will be scope to move up the ladder, or across the disciplines, and Haddon Training can support each individual apprentice’s goals.  We have a variety of progression routes available for our apprentices; this could include progressing onto our Horse Care and Management apprenticeship to further develop skills. Each assigned Trainer-Coach will be there to help their apprentice decide on the next step that is right for them.

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Please click the tabs to view the varying apprenticeship pathways open to Haddon Training apprentices.

There are four pathways you can take depending on the type of employer you start an apprenticeship with. You’ll need to demonstrate the required knowledge and skills at each level to complete the one you choose.

This pathway is for apprentices that are caring for horses, whether it be working within a large equestrian centre or on a smaller private yard. This qualification covers a wide range of units and the apprentice can choose optional units that support the specific work they are carrying out within their role.

Below is a selection of some of these units:

  • Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses.
  • Fit and remove horse clothing.
  • Plait and trim horses manes and tails.
  • Clean and groom horses for appearance.
  • Turn out, catch and maintain horses when turned.
  • Fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise.
  • Long rein a horse under supervision.
  • Lunge a horse under supervision.
  • Care for horses after exercise.
  • Assist with the day to day care of performance horses.
  • Assist with the care of performance horses after strenuous exercise.
  • Assist with the care of horses at competitions.
  • Prepare horses for riders with special requirements.
  • Assist with receiving a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
  • Assist with the rehabilitation of horses.
  • Load and unload animals for transportation.

This pathway is for apprentices that are caring and riding horses, whether it be working within a large equestrian centre or on a smaller private yard.  This qualification covers a wide range of units and the apprentice can choose optional units that support the specific work they are carrying out within their role.

Below is a selection of some of these units:

  • Ride horses on the road.
  • Ride a horse in the open.
  • Ride and lead horses.
  • Ride a schooled horse.
  • Jump a schooled horse.
  • Assist the trek leader during a trek.
  • Prepare horses for riders with special requirements.
  • Assist with receiving a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
  • Assist with the rehabilitation of horses.
  • Load and unload animals for transportation.
  • Plait and trim horses manes and tails.
  • Clean and groom horses for appearance.
  • Fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise.
  • Long rein a horse under supervision.
  • Lunge a horse under supervision.

This pathway is for apprentices that are working on a stud, caring for broodmares and young horses. Whether it be working on a large sport horse stud or a smaller private stud. It covers a wide range of units and the apprentice can choose optional units that support the specific work they are carrying out within their role.

Below is a selection of some of these units:

  • Assist with getting the mare in foal.
  • Assist with foaling.
  • Assist in handling mares and foals.
  • Load and unload animals for transportation.
  • Assist with receiving a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
  • Maintain and develop personal performance.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Prepare a stable for a horse.
  • Fit and remove horse clothing.
  • Plait and trim horses manes and tails.
  • Clean and groom horses for appearance.
  • Assess grazing land for the introduction of horses.
  • Turn out, catch and maintain horses when turned out.

These qualifications enable you to gain your BHSQ’s as part of our apprenticeship delivery.

If you choose this route, you should have completed the Stage 1 BHSQ qualification prior to beginning our Level 2 Apprenticeship*

BHSQ Stage 2 Foundation Groom, Care and Lunge

On completion you will:

  • Have an understanding of routine practices on a stable yard, your role, responsibilities and reporting lines.
  • Know how to care for horses on a day-to-day basis, recognising and assessing normal and abnormal behaviour and understanding when veterinary intervention may be required.
  • Be able to fit standard tack and travel equipment.
  • Be able to prepare horses for presentation.
  • Have knowledge of feeding and an understanding of fitness, including the factors that will affect the amount of feed a horse will receive.
  • Have an understanding of basic anatomy, location of key organs and the function of the digestive system.

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you can also progress to the BHSQ Level 3, with a Level 3 Apprenticeship with us.

*Please contact us if you are unsure whether you meet this requirement

  • Pathways

    Please click the tabs to view the varying apprenticeship pathways open to Haddon Training apprentices.

    There are four pathways you can take depending on the type of employer you start an apprenticeship with. You’ll need to demonstrate the required knowledge and skills at each level to complete the one you choose.

  • Horse Care (Non-Riding)

    This pathway is for apprentices that are caring for horses, whether it be working within a large equestrian centre or on a smaller private yard. This qualification covers a wide range of units and the apprentice can choose optional units that support the specific work they are carrying out within their role.

    Below is a selection of some of these units:

    • Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses.
    • Fit and remove horse clothing.
    • Plait and trim horses manes and tails.
    • Clean and groom horses for appearance.
    • Turn out, catch and maintain horses when turned.
    • Fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise.
    • Long rein a horse under supervision.
    • Lunge a horse under supervision.
    • Care for horses after exercise.
    • Assist with the day to day care of performance horses.
    • Assist with the care of performance horses after strenuous exercise.
    • Assist with the care of horses at competitions.
    • Prepare horses for riders with special requirements.
    • Assist with receiving a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
    • Assist with the rehabilitation of horses.
    • Load and unload animals for transportation.
  • Horse Care and Riding

    This pathway is for apprentices that are caring and riding horses, whether it be working within a large equestrian centre or on a smaller private yard.  This qualification covers a wide range of units and the apprentice can choose optional units that support the specific work they are carrying out within their role.

    Below is a selection of some of these units:

    • Ride horses on the road.
    • Ride a horse in the open.
    • Ride and lead horses.
    • Ride a schooled horse.
    • Jump a schooled horse.
    • Assist the trek leader during a trek.
    • Prepare horses for riders with special requirements.
    • Assist with receiving a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
    • Assist with the rehabilitation of horses.
    • Load and unload animals for transportation.
    • Plait and trim horses manes and tails.
    • Clean and groom horses for appearance.
    • Fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise.
    • Long rein a horse under supervision.
    • Lunge a horse under supervision.
  • Breeding

    This pathway is for apprentices that are working on a stud, caring for broodmares and young horses. Whether it be working on a large sport horse stud or a smaller private stud. It covers a wide range of units and the apprentice can choose optional units that support the specific work they are carrying out within their role.

    Below is a selection of some of these units:

    • Assist with getting the mare in foal.
    • Assist with foaling.
    • Assist in handling mares and foals.
    • Load and unload animals for transportation.
    • Assist with receiving a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
    • Maintain and develop personal performance.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
    • Prepare a stable for a horse.
    • Fit and remove horse clothing.
    • Plait and trim horses manes and tails.
    • Clean and groom horses for appearance.
    • Assess grazing land for the introduction of horses.
    • Turn out, catch and maintain horses when turned out.
  • British Horse Society (BSHQ) Exams

    These qualifications enable you to gain your BHSQ’s as part of our apprenticeship delivery.

    If you choose this route, you should have completed the Stage 1 BHSQ qualification prior to beginning our Level 2 Apprenticeship*

    BHSQ Stage 2 Foundation Groom, Care and Lunge

    On completion you will:

    • Have an understanding of routine practices on a stable yard, your role, responsibilities and reporting lines.
    • Know how to care for horses on a day-to-day basis, recognising and assessing normal and abnormal behaviour and understanding when veterinary intervention may be required.
    • Be able to fit standard tack and travel equipment.
    • Be able to prepare horses for presentation.
    • Have knowledge of feeding and an understanding of fitness, including the factors that will affect the amount of feed a horse will receive.
    • Have an understanding of basic anatomy, location of key organs and the function of the digestive system.

    Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you can also progress to the BHSQ Level 3, with a Level 3 Apprenticeship with us.

    *Please contact us if you are unsure whether you meet this requirement