Module Information

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

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week, Semester 2 only
Practical 5 x 2 hour lectures/demonstrations per week, both semesters


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous assessment - Care and maintenance of horses  Outcomes assessed: 1, 3  40%
Semester Assessment Practical assessment 1:  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6  30%
Semester Assessment Practical assessment 2: Riding and other skills  Outcomes assessed: 3, 4, 6  30%
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:

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

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

Outcome 3
Demonstrate competence in fitting items of saddlery and tack, and in lungeing and describe the uses and application of items of equipment.

Outcome 4
To demonstrate competence in practical skills relating to the Equine to stage 3 standard.

Outcome 5
Describe shoeing requirements and discuss the role of the farrier in normal and remedial shoeing.

Brief description

This module is designed to develop the vocational skills which are essential to those intent on developing a career in the equine industry. It also serves to integrate many of the principles of equine management and science that are taught in other modules during the first year. The practical skills developed in this module are assessed and will provide a basic level of competence for students who are preparing for work experience in industry during the second year. The work experience period, and a more advanced level of Horsemastership in the final year will build on this module.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be expected to apply the knowledge gained from other first year modules to the basic vocational skills taught in this module.
Problem solving 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 on a day-to-day basis.
Team work Students are required to 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, and are expected to accept responsibility for their own input, whilst recognising the value of the input of others.

Reading List

Auty, I (ed) (2001) BHS Manual of Equitation Primo search Auty, I (ed) (1998) The BHS Complete Manual of Stable Management Kenilworth press Primo search Davies, Z (1995) Care of the horse at grass Batsford Ltd 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 Holstein G and Kidd J (translation) (1985) The complete riding and driving system; the principles of riding. The official instruction handbook of the German National Equestrian Federation Threshold Books Primo search Houghton Brown J, Powell Smith V, and Pilliner S (1997) Horse and stable management - incorporating horse care 3rd Blackwell Science Primo search Loriston-Clarke J (1993) Lungeing and long-reining Kenilworth Press Primo search Loving N S and Johnston A M (1993) Veterinary Manual for the performance horse Blackwell Science Primo search Reed H and Redhead J (1996) Stage 1 Riding and Stable Management; Stage 2 Riding and Stable Management including the Riding and Road Safety Test Nova Publications Primo search Rose M (1997) Horsemaster's notebook 4th Kenilworth Press Primo search Ross E (1992) School exercises for flatwork and jumping Kenilworth Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4