Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Riding ability to be assessed by module co-ordinator

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Practical 1 x 2 hour practical session per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Performance assignment  Outcomes Assessed: 1  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Practical examination and seminar  Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3.  60%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates must re-take the element(s) of assessment that led to failing the module  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Ride at an advanced level

2. Select a horse for a particular aspect of work e.g dressage, show jumping or eventing

3. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the principles of riding and training horses within a specific discipline

Brief description

This module is aimed at developing the student's theoretical knowledge and practical ability of riding and training the horse. STUDENTS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ON TO THIS MODULE AFTER THEIR RIDING ABILITY HAS BEEN ASSESSED BY THE MODULE CO-ORDINATOR.


The module aims to develop students’ ability to ride with a balanced, correct and supple seat at all gaits and when jumping. Knowledge of the use of school work in developing the mental, muscular and gymnastic ability of the horse. Knowledge of the rules for competitive events.

It will achieve this by considering the following areas

• Riding horses forward in good form through transitions. Lengthening and shortening of strides at all gaits, turns on the forehand, leg-yielding, rein-back and shoulder-in.
• The scales of training, dressage levels from novice through to advanced level.
• Training the young horse
• Theory and practical lunging, long reining and the benefit of free schooling, natural horsemanship techniques.
• Suitability of horses for specific disciplines

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Students will need to communicate their reasons for undertaking a particular course of action in the training of the horse and rider.
Improving own Learning and Performance Detailed feedback will be given on the course work which will allow the student to improve their subsequent work in other modules
Personal Development and Career planning Students may have some choice in the area which they concentrate on in their assignment, as such this will allow them to begin to specialize in areas of specific interest linked to their future career plans
Problem solving Developed through the assignment. Students will have to make informed decisions on the choice of horse for particular aspects of work.
Research skills Students will be expected to demonstrate significant literature research skills in order to complete their course work.
Subject Specific Skills A knowledge and understanding of Equitation

Reading List

Auty, I (2001) BHS manual of equitation Primo search Auty, I (1998) The BHS complete manual of stable management Kenilworth Press Primo search Harley-Edwards, E (1990) The saddle in theory and practice J A Allen Primo search Hartley Edwards, E (1990) Bitting in theory and practice J A Allen Primo search Hartley Edwards, E (1990) Training aids in theory and practice J A Allen Primo search Klimke, R (1985) Basic training of the young horse J A Allen Primo search Lorch, J (1997) From foal to full-born David and Charles Primo search Loriston-Clarke, J (1993) Lungeing and long-reining Kenilworth Press Primo search Rose, E (1992) School exercises for flatwork and jumping Kenilworth Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5