Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Dr Andrew Hemmings (Principal Lecturer - Royal Agricultural University)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 110 x 2 Hour Practicals
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous assessment-care and maintenance of horses.  60%
Semester Assessment 1 Hours   Practical / oral 1  20%
Semester Assessment 1 Hours   Practical / oral 2  20%
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 horse care including stable and field kept horse.

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 a variety of types of saddlery, tack and equipment and describe their uses and application.

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

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 student will be able to demonstrate competence in stable care, feeding and watering.

Identify symptoms of ill-health, treat minor ailments and recognize the need for professional assistance. To have the practical expertise to assist in the day to day organization of a stable yard.

It will achieve this by considering the following areas:
• Health and Safety, Fire Drill, Safe Handling.
• Practical day to day care of stable and field kept horse, including mucking out, field maintenance, practical feeding (forage and concentrates), water etc.
• Practical application of different tack and bandages.
• Shoeingand practical application of the farrier tools including 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.
• Getting horses fit.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Formal oral assessments take place twice a semester as part of the continuous assessment, with feedback given.
Improving own Learning and Performance
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