Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 55 x 2 Hour Practicals
Lecture 11 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Care and maintenance of horses.  Continuous assessment.  40%
Semester Assessment Practical assessment.  60%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate competence in stable care, feeding and watering.

2. Identify symptoms of ill-health, treat minor ailments and recognize the need for professional assistance

3. Evaluate the various management systems used in a commercial stable, teaching unit and competition yard.

4. Demonstrate competence in fitting items of saddlry and tack, and in lungeing and describe the uses and application of items of equipment

5. Demonstrate competence in practical skills relating to the BHS Stage 3 standard

6. Describe shoeing requirements and discuss the role of the farrier in normal remedial shoeing

Brief description

This module is designed to develop the vocational skills which are essential to those who are intent on developing a career in the equine industry. The module will include taught aspects of horse management, underpinned by practical duties in the stable yard. The work experience period and a more advanced level of Horsemastership in the final year will build on this module.


The following areas will be considered:

  • Health and Safety, Fire Drill, Safe Handling.
  • Mucking out, filling and weighing haynets
  • Bandaging, stable, tail and support.
  • Fitting tack
  • Shoeing, the farriers tools and how to remove a shoe,
  • Clipping and trimming, Plaiting manes and tails
  • Symptoms of ill health, identify signs of good health
  • Different types of bits, their action and when to use.
  • Lungeing for exercise,
  • Feeding the competition horse
  • Getting horses fit

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Formal oral assessments take place twice a semester with feedback given.
Improving own Learning and Performance Readiness to learn in a practical situation will be assessed and detailed feedback will be given on each task.
Information Technology
Personal Development and Career planning Time management skills will be developed and assessed. Students will be expected to apply the knowledge gained from other first year modules to the basic vocational skills taught in this module. Supervisory staff will assess ability and give verbal feedback.
Problem solving Working under industry conditions (including weekends) students will be presented with a variety of tasks, some routine and others non routine. They are expected to evaluate situations and deal with problems that may arise. Supervisory staff will assess ability and give verbal feedback.
Research skills
Subject Specific Skills A knowledge and understanding of stable management.
Team work Students work in small groups for all practical tasks. They work in teams to complete stable rota and other tasks. They will have to learn to work with and make allowances for differing levels of competence. Supervisory staff will assess ability and give verbal feedback.


This module is at CQFW Level 4