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 at Greenmount Campus, Antrim on a Wednesday evening from 7.15pm until 9.30pm, over an eight week period from the 16th January to 20th March 2019.

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. No previous equine experience required.

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


The course fee is £60.

Additional course information

The programme will normally be delivered in a classroom and you will be assessed via a multiple choice examination.

Registration for this course closes at 9am on 9th January 2019.