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Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care

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Course Duration

9 weeks

Course Location


Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care

The Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care is an accredited Level 2 qualification. The course will be delivered via blended learning using online lectures, video meetings and an exam at Greenmount Campus, Antrim. The course will run on a Tuesday evening via video call from 7-9pm, for nine weeks and will commence September 2024. Please register your interest to be notified of future dates.

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at participants wanting to gain a recognised qualification in horse care without having to attend college on a full-time basis, for example private owners, small scale breeders, leisure riders and non-equine veterinary nurses are all potential participants. Any level of equine experience is permitted. Learners must be 16 years of age to sit the exam.

Course content

The qualification is composed of six units and during the qualification you will complete the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the principles of stable routines, including mucking out, grooming, selecting bedding and caring for a horse after exercise, and any associated health and safety procedures
  • Understand the principles of basic horse health and welfare, including recognising signs of good health and ill health in a horse
  • Understand the principles of watering and feeding horses, covering a range of foodstuffs
  • Understand the principles of care and fitting of saddlery and horse clothing, and the consequences of using poor fitting equipment
  • Understand the principles of employment rights and responsibilities in the land based industries
  • Understand the principles of health and safety in the horse industry

Assessment is via a multiple choice test at the end of the course which will take place at Greenmount Campus, Antrim or Enniskillen Campus.

Booking Terms and Conditions

CAFRE Booking terms and conditions are available by clicking here.

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Course accredited by:

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Julie McSwiggan

Key Contact

Julie McSwiggan
Course Manager