Module Identifier RD27610  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Carol A Green  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RD19340  
Course delivery Practical   1 x 3 hour practical per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Yard Plan assignment. Outcomes assessed: 2, 3, 4  60%
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1  40%
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 will be able to:

Outcome 1
In-depth study of general management principles and techniques.
Performance criteria:
a. Health and safety requirements and procedures (including fire precautions) are discussed in detail.
b. Legal requirements for equine enterprise insurance and LA licensing are identified.
c. Overall yard management is fully detailed.
d. Transportation of horses; legal and welfare requirements are considered.

Health and safety code of practice and policy
Fire precautions and drill
Insurance - mandatory and advisory
Management of yard personnel
Observation of enterprise and livestock
Transit of livestock - Acts and regulations
Road, ferry, air transport
Care and welfare of horses during transit

Outcome 2
Investigate practical ways to prevent disease in the horse.
Performance criteria:
a. Good practice in the prevention of disease caused by feed storage, correct preparation and the practical feeding of the horse is fully detailed.
b. Diseases in horses and their handlers caused by poor practice are revised.
c. A practical worming programme for an equine yard is fully detailed.
Cleanliness, correct preparation - sugar beet, grass nuts, linseed etc.
CPOD, colic
Leptospirosis, respiratory conditions
Administration of anthelmintics
Proprietary brands, drug resistance, economic considerations.

Outcome 3
Investigate and demonstrate aspects of management and preparation for various kinds of work.
Performance criteria:
a. Correct handling of horses is demonstrated
b. The use of groundwork for training a horse is demonstrated.
c. Practical assessment of the conformation of the horse is made and the ability to relate conformation to future soundness and suitability for performance is demonstrated.
d. Knowledge of the requirements for the preparation of the horse and relevant equipment for various activities and the care of both after the event is demonstrated.
Double bridle - fitting and use
Eventing, show jumping, dressage, endurance, hunting
Conformation - static and dynamic, 'ideal' and 'acceptable' gait abnormalities, conditions caused by faulty conformation
Double lungeing and longreining
Loose jumping and jumping on the lunge
Training aids

Outcome 4
Evaluate different yard layouts and facilities for horses.
Performance criteria:
a. The requirements of a loose box are detailed.
b. The design of a yard is considered, with an appreciation of welfare, safety, efficiency and possible costs.
c. Facilities available for exercise and training are evaluated and their advantages and disadvantages (including maintenance requirements and problems) are explained.
d. The requirements of field fending are evaluated.
e. Maintenance requirements of a yard are summarised.
f. Suitable acreage for certain enterprises is discussed.
Safety, size, ventilation, light, drainage, hygiene, materials.
Utility boxes - equipment.
Rug room, tack room and storage.
Fodder and forage storage.
Water, shelter, grazing.
Riding arenas and surfaces, jumps, maintenance equipment
Staff accommodation and numbers

Brief description

This module will provide in-depth study of stable management, building upon the skills learnt in Horsemastership 1, and experience gained in Work Experience Placement.

Module Skills

Problem solving Developed by the assignment. Students are required to draw up a plan for an equine yard, taking into account all practical aspects of running a yard.  
Communication Writing skills will be developed through the assignment.  
Information Technology It is expected that students will use word processing and image manipulation packages in presenting the yard plan.  

Reading Lists

Auty, I (ed) (2001) BHS Manual of Equitation
Auty, I (ed) (1998) The BHS Complete Manual of Stable Management Kenilworth press
Davies, Z (1995) Care of the horse at grass Batsford Ltd
Hartley Edwards, E (1990) Bitting in theory and practice J A Allen
Hartley 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
Holstein G and Kidd J (translation) (1985) The complete riding and driving system; the principles of riding. The official instruction book of the German National Equestrian Federation Threshold Books
Houghton Brown J, Powell Smith V and Pilliner S (1997) Horse and stable management - incorporating horse care 3rd. Blackwell Science
Lorison-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 5