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Horse Care / Management - Vocational L2 at Baxter College

Course description

For those in Year 12 who are keen to establish their practical horse care and riding skills and be capable of working in an equestrian business when they achieve the full qualification. 

This course also forms a solid foundation for the Level 3 Horse Care and Management courses in Year 13. 

Content Units of Study

Topics at *Level 2 include: 

  • Stable Management and handling horses 
  • Feeding and watering 
  • Care of the stabled and grass kept horse Tacking and rugging up 
  • Clean and groom horses for appearance Plait and trim horses manes and tails 
  • Work well with others 
  • Routine care - health and wellbeing of horses 
  • Clean and maintain tack and rugs 
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety 
  • Develop personal performance 
  • Ride in the open 
  • Ride on the road 
  • Ride and jump a schooled horse 

Non riding options include:

  • The day to day care of performance horses, after strenuous exercise and at competitions
  • Lunge a horse under supervision 
  • Rehabilitation of horses 

* Horse Care and Riding equivalence Level 2- BHS Stages 2, Pony Club C+ 

Assessment is on-going throughout the course for practical skills and theory knowledge and tales place at the yard where the course runs. There is no end examination and candidates pass or do not pass. 


  • Into employment in an equestrian business - riding school, livery yard etc. 
  • Into a Level 3 qualification at school - 90 Credit Diploma in Horse Management with UCAS points - then onto Higher Education or University. 
  • If in charge of a yard as a supervisor then the Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care and Riding. 

Work Placement

The course runs in a work based setting.

Entry requirements

Ideally 4 E-G grades at GCSE and a positive school reference are required. This will include an appropriate Maths and English course. A Level 1 Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care and Riding is useful to have on entry. Other useful entry qualifications include Pony Club C test; BHS Stage 1 or 2. 

Otherwise you should be able to look after horses and ponies whether stabled or out, tack up; rug up etc to a basic standard. If riding options are required then applicants need to be able to walk trot and canter in an enclosed area and in the open, and be on the way to jumping a small course of show jumps and grids. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Baxter College directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September