Module Identifier RD19340  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr John H Harries  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Mrs Iola J James Morris  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
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%
Semester Assessment Continuous assessment - Care and maintenance of horses Outcomes assessed: 1, 3 Supplementary assessment: Candidates must re-take the element(s) of assessment that led to failing the module.40%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Outcome 1
Demonstrate competence in stable care, feeding and watering.
Performance criteria
a. The correct methods of handling horses are demonstrated.
b. A high standard of mucking out different types of bedding, bedding down, setting fair, is demonstrated and the use of different
   types of bedding, deep litter and maintenance of a muck heap is appreciated.
c. Correct turning out of a horse is demonstrated.
d. The basic daily management of the horse at grass is appreciated.
e. The basic practical principles of feeding and watering are discussed.
f. The bandaging of horses is demonstrated.
Handling for shoeing and vet examination, cast horses.
Strapping, quartering, washing, trimming, plaiting. Intensive, extensive systems.
Compound feeds, straight feeds, grass and conserved feedstuffs.
Stable, travel, exercise bandages.
Mucking out, bedding down, general yard duties.

Outcome 2
Identify symptoms of ill-health, treat minor ailments and recognize the need for professional assistance.
Performance criteria
a. The signs of good health are recognised and the importance of early diagnosis is appreciated.
b. Primary treatment of injury is demonstrated in the form of poulticing, cold water treatment, control of bleeding.
Main body functions, lameness.
Contagious, notifiable and hereditary diseases.
Poulticing: knee and hock bandages.

Outcome 3
Demonstrate competence in fitting items of saddlery and tack, and in lungeing and describe the uses and application of items of equipment.
Performance criteria
a. All major items of tack are named and their uses discussed
b. Items of tack are fitted correctly.
c. The principles of bitting are discussed.
d. Rugging up is demonstrated and the different types of rugs, their use and care is appreciated.
e. The use of common gadgets is appreciated.
f. The layout of a tack and rug room are discussed.
Saddle, bridle, double bridle, lunge equipment.
Families of bits
Day rugs, stable rugs, turnout rugs.

Outcome 4
To demonstrate competence in practical skills relating to the Equine (either (a) riding or (b) basic saddlery/harness making skills) ? to achieve the standard of either BHS Stage I or Stage II
Performance criteria (a) - riding
a. Satisfy the requirements of BHS Stage I, by (i) leading a saddled and bridled horse in hand, from either side; (ii) checking saddlery for its fitting and soundness; (iii) mounting and dismounting from the ground, from a leg-up and from a mounting block and assisting other riders to mount; (iv) taking up and adjusting stirrups and reins, checking and tightening girths; (v) maintaining a correct position at the three gaits of walk, trot and canter with the stirrups at a suitable length for various types of work (vi) riding without stirrups at walk and trot, using the natural aids to ride forward on straight lines, through turns and large circles, to halt and stand; (vii) trotting on named diagonals, changing diagonals and understanding the reasons for so doing; (viii) recognising an incorrect leading leg in canter and trotting, to enable a correct lead to be established.
b. Satisfy the requirements of BHS Stage II, by (i) demonstrating the ability to maintain a correct balanced seat independent of the reins, at walk, trot (sitting and rising) and canter; (ii) riding without stirrups at walk, trot and canter; (iii) cantering on a named leg; (iv) riding with reins in one hand at walk and trot; (v) riding correct school figures at walk, trot and canter; (vi) jumping fences up to 0.76m (2?6?) at trot and canter; (vii) riding over undulating ground/up and downhill; (viii) opening, holding and shutting gates alone and in company, ensuring secure fastening; (ix) demonstrate an understanding of how the horse should move in a good form under the rider; (x) knowing the rules for riding in company, both in the riding school/manege and outside.
BHS Stages I and/or II
Performance criteria (b) ? basic harness-making and saddlery
a. Knowledge of the structure, function and division of hides is demonstrated.
b. The correct preparation of leather for various procedures is demonstrated.
c. Ability to use various hand tools for cutting and stitching leather is demonstrated
d. `Stitching in? of keepers, buckles and billets is demonstrated
e. Knowledge of safety techniques is applied.
Hides; bridle butts, harness back, shoulders, panel hides
Good and bad leather
Preparation for cutting, edging, staining, polishing, creasing, marking out
Stitching claws, double hand and basic stitching
Tools: needles, threads, sharpening, care and adjustment
Stitching: fixed keepers, running keepers, buckles, billets.

Outcome 5
Describe shoeing requirements and discuss the role of the farrier in normal and remedial shoeing.
Performance criteria
a. Normal shoeing requirements are discussed
b. The uses of remedial shoes are appreciated
c. Adjuncts to shoeing are discussed
d. The requirements of the unshod horse are discussed
Hunter shoes, wide-web shoe, rocker bar shoe, egg-bar shoe, heart-bar shoe, corn shoe.
Pads, studs.   
Ponies, young stock, breeding stock, working, resting.
Methods of 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.

Transferable skills

Managing and developing self   
1.   Manage own roles and responsibilities
2.   Manage own time in achieving objectives
3.   Undertake personal and career development
4.   Transfer skills gained to new and changing situations and contexts

Working with and relating to others
5.   Treat others? values, beliefs and opinions with respect
6.   Relate to and interact effectively with individuals and groups
7.   Work effectively as a team member

8.   Receive and respond to a variety of information
9.   Present information in a variety of visual forms
10. Communicate in writing
11. Participate in oral and non-verbal communication

Managing tasks and solving problems   
12. Use information sources
13. Deal with a combination of routine and non-routine tasks
14. Identify and solve routine and non-routine problems

Applying design and creativity
17. Apply a range of skills and techniques to develop a variety of ideas in the   creation of new/modified products, services or situations
18. Use a range of thought processes.

Reading Lists

Auty, I (ed) (1998) The BHS Complete Manual of Stable Management Kenilworth press
Auty, I (ed) (2001) BHS Manual of Equitation
Davies, Z (1995) Care of the horse at grass Batsford Ltd
Hartley Edwards, E (1990) Bitting in theory and practice J A Allen
Harley Edwards, E (1990) The saddle in theory and practice J A Allen
Hartley Edwards, E (1990) Training aids in theory and practice J A Allen
Houghton Brown J, Powell Smith V, and Pilliner S (1997) Horse and stable management - incorporating horse care 3rd. Blackwell Science
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
Loriston-Clarke J (1993) Lungeing and long-reining Kenilworth Press
Loving N S and Johnston A M (1993) Veterinary Manual for the performance horse Blackwell Science
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
Rose M (1997) Horsemaster's notebook 4th. Kenilworth Press
Ross E (1992) School exercises for flatwork and jumping Kenilworth Press


This module is at CQFW Level 4