The next step in your learning adventure

The level 3 apprenticeship in Horse Care and Management is designed for those wanting to further their careers in the industry and begin to embark on a more senior role.

This 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 allow you to develop the necessary skills to supervise and manage the implementation of training and care programmes for horses in a range of environments.

 

Whichever pathway you take, you’ll have the skills and the grounding to start a career working with horses in any discipline.

  • The role of a level 3 apprentice includes

    The role is wide-ranging and covers

    • Management of competition horses.
    • Delivering basic health treatment.
    • Implementing feeding regimes.

     

    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. 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.

    If you are unsure if you can apply, please just contact our friendly team to discuss.

  • Maths and English

    Essential Skills are a mandatory part of the apprenticeship programme in Wales, maths and English will therefore be included in the delivery of the programme; unless you have achieved Grade A-C or 4-9 at GCSE level, 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 I undertaken as part of the Level 3 apprenticeship programme.

    These are split into Communication and Application of Number and within each, 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 multiply choice paper of 30 questions.

    You would be prepared 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 Coach, 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 Yard Management apprenticeship to further develop skills. Each assigned Trainer-Coach will be there to help you decide on the next step.

Apply today or view our current vacancies here

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:

  • Receive a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
  • Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses.
  • Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding.
  • Promote the health and wellbeing of horses.
  • Deliver basic health care treatment to horses.
  • Promote, monitor, and maintain health, safety and security of the workplace.
  • Manage your own resources.
  • Tack up horses for specialist work.
  • Prepare horses for public appearance.
  • Clip horses.
  • Introduce young horses to equipment.
  • Contribute to the training of horses from the ground.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of work programmes for horses.

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:

  • Exercise and improve the performance of horses using lunging or long reigning.
  • Prepare to lead a horse trek.
  • Carry out pre and post horse trek activities.
  • Carry out pre and post-play routines for polo ponies.
  • Assist with the exercise and care for performance horses.
  • Care for performance horses after strenuous exercise.
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate the transportation of animals.
  • Receive a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
  • Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses.
  • Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding.
  • Promote the health and wellbeing of horses.

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:

  • Care for and prepare the mare for covering.
  • Maintain stud documentation.
  • Attend to mare and foal during foaling.
  • Care for mare and foal.
  • Handle and present stallions under supervision.
  • Establish and maintain the care of stallions.
  • Receive a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
  • Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses.
  • Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding.
  • Promote the health and wellbeing of horses.
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate the transportation of animals.

 

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 & 2 BHSQ qualification prior to beginning our Level 3 Apprenticeship*

BHSQ Stage 3 Foundation Groom, Care and Lunge

On completion you will:

  • Be able to demonstrate handling tack and equipment, which will include a bridle, saddle, side reins, cavesson, lunge line and whip.
  • Be able to assess the horse and discuss its way of going, suggesting and demonstrating exercises to help the horse reach its potential.
  • Apply aids that are suitable to the horse’s status and reactivity.
  • Be assessed on your knowledge to manage day-to-day activity, care and welfare of horses under your responsibility, with an established awareness of current legislation for working within a stable yard environment.
  • Show competence in understanding equine behaviour, physiology and measuring vital health signs.
  • Be assessed on recognising and treating common conditions and nutritional requirements of the horse, including assessment of condition and measurement of nutrition alongside fittening of the horse.
  • Be practically assessed on how to fit tack for both flatwork and jumping, in addition to the use of studs.

*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:

    • Receive a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
    • Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses.
    • Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding.
    • Promote the health and wellbeing of horses.
    • Deliver basic health care treatment to horses.
    • Promote, monitor, and maintain health, safety and security of the workplace.
    • Manage your own resources.
    • Tack up horses for specialist work.
    • Prepare horses for public appearance.
    • Clip horses.
    • Introduce young horses to equipment.
    • Contribute to the training of horses from the ground.
    • Contribute to the design and implementation of work programmes for horses.

  • 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:

    • Exercise and improve the performance of horses using lunging or long reigning.
    • Prepare to lead a horse trek.
    • Carry out pre and post horse trek activities.
    • Carry out pre and post-play routines for polo ponies.
    • Assist with the exercise and care for performance horses.
    • Care for performance horses after strenuous exercise.
    • Plan, monitor and evaluate the transportation of animals.
    • Receive a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
    • Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses.
    • Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding.
    • Promote the health and wellbeing of horses.

  • 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:

    • Care for and prepare the mare for covering.
    • Maintain stud documentation.
    • Attend to mare and foal during foaling.
    • Care for mare and foal.
    • Handle and present stallions under supervision.
    • Establish and maintain the care of stallions.
    • Receive a horse and carry out an initial assessment.
    • Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses.
    • Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding.
    • Promote the health and wellbeing of horses.
    • Plan, monitor and evaluate the transportation of animals.

     

  • British Horse Society 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 & 2 BHSQ qualification prior to beginning our Level 3 Apprenticeship*

    BHSQ Stage 3 Foundation Groom, Care and Lunge

    On completion you will:

    • Be able to demonstrate handling tack and equipment, which will include a bridle, saddle, side reins, cavesson, lunge line and whip.
    • Be able to assess the horse and discuss its way of going, suggesting and demonstrating exercises to help the horse reach its potential.
    • Apply aids that are suitable to the horse’s status and reactivity.
    • Be assessed on your knowledge to manage day-to-day activity, care and welfare of horses under your responsibility, with an established awareness of current legislation for working within a stable yard environment.
    • Show competence in understanding equine behaviour, physiology and measuring vital health signs.
    • Be assessed on recognising and treating common conditions and nutritional requirements of the horse, including assessment of condition and measurement of nutrition alongside fittening of the horse.
    • Be practically assessed on how to fit tack for both flatwork and jumping, in addition to the use of studs.

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