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The Course

As an apprentice, you will provide and co-ordinate the day to day care of horses. You will lead by example and be able to implement effective systems of work. You will earn a wage and be released to study during your working week.

From our Bishop Burton campus, you will work with a variety of horses committing to their care and welfare. This will involve planning feeding, health care and exercising of horses as well as implementing routine yard duties You must be prepared to work in all weather conditions and may have to work irregular hours. This is a practical hands-on role requiring a strong work ethic, diligence and commitment.

  • What You Study

    • Health and safety, bio-security, data protection
    • Organise yard and field duties
    • Nutritional requirements, planning diets, stock rotation
    • Specialist health care
    • Medication control, first aid, sick nursing, oral and topical treatments
    • Physiology and anatomy including muscles, lower leg, respiratory and circulatory systems
    • Horses foot, hoof balance, shoeing, types of shoes, removing a shoe
    • Grooming, trimming, pulling, clipping and plaiting
    • Discipline specific saddlery and equipment
    • Principles and legal requirements relating to travelling horses
    • Variety of non-ridden and ridden exercises.
  • Entry Requirements

    Appropriate employment in a supervisory or working towards a supervisory position in the equine industry.

    It is preferable candidates have a minimum GCSE grade C/4 in English and maths.

  • Progression

    You may progress to a higher-level course at the college. You may be offered a higher-level role e.g. head groom. 

  • Careers

    Typical careers include Head Groom, head competition groom, yard manager, equine veterinary assistant

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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