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.

Class will take place on Tuesday evenings, beginning on 6th October 2020, from 7 – 9pm over 9 weeks. Participants will be expected to attend class via video call, each week and will therefore need an internet connection.

Learners must be able to attend the online multiple choice test which will take place at Greenmount campus, Antrim in December 2020. All government guidance will be adhered to in regard to Covid – 19 restrictions.

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


Assessment is via a multiple choice test at the end of the course which will take place at Greenmount campus, Antrim in December 2020


The course fee is £60.

Additional course information

You are required to register online for this course and places are limited. To register, click on the ‘enrol for this course’ button.

Registration closes 25th September 2020