Health and safety with horses

Handling and riding horses is a satisfying and enjoyable experience, however it is important to stay safe around horses to avoid unnecessary accidents or injury.

The 'Health and Safety with Horses' programme is designed to encourage good practice in all equine environments.

The programme was the winner of a Beacon Award for 2003/04 for the 'Use of Information Learning Technology to Enhance Teaching and Support the Learner'. This highly prestigious award was a particularly welcome one for equine education as the programme beat off stiff competition from all other areas of further education to take first prize. The development of the course was supported by HSE.

The 'Health and Safety with Horses' programme recently received approval from the QCA (Quality Curriculum Authority) and the qualification will now be available nationally through NPTC, a member of the City & Guilds Group of Awarding Bodies.

The Level 2 programme is suitable for all those involved in any equine related activity including full or part-time students, clients, trainees and school work placements, as well as those employed working with horses. Students should be based at a yard, at college or have access to a suitable course supervisor and equine facilities.

A variety of learning approaches have been employed and include computer-based learning activities and assessments. Instant feedback opportunities are provided through a series of self-assessment question sections on the CD-ROM program and on-line learning course area. A final assessment measures subject knowledge and identifies any areas that could put the individual student at risk. Feedback is provided to all candidates through a report allowing for targeted additional training or revision to take place.

Equi Study Certificates of Achievement can be used as evidence of underpinning knowledge for National Vocational Qualifications and are readily recognised by employers in the equine industry.

More information can be obtained from Warwickshire College at