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What’s involved in Horse Care and Riding?

The Equine industry covers a wide range of areas including: riding schools, livery yards, competition yards, racing yards, clubs and hunts, instructors, working horses and studs The industry provides a range of jobs such as: maintaining the horses’ health and welfare, riding horses for exercise, cleaning and taking care of the horse tack and preparing horses for competitions.

What’s it like working in Horse Care and Riding?

Working with horses isn’t a job it becomes a way of life. Be prepared for very hard work! You will be working in all weathers and the work has to be done all year round, often at unsociable hours

You will need to be fit and able to cope with the constant, strenuous, physical demands of the job as you will spend time pushing wheelbarrows, carrying heavy buckets and other equipment, sweeping, lifting and generally being on your feet. You will be feeding horses, leading horses, sometimes with riders and riding horses yourself.

With experience and further training, you could take charge of a yard or become head groom and if you work in a riding stable you could become a riding instructor.

What can I expect to earn?

  • Starting salaries can be around £10,000 a year, rising to between £14,000 and over £16,000 a year.

Figures are supplied by the National Careers Service and are intended as a guideline only.

How can HTP Apprenticeship College help me get a job in Horse Care and Riding?

It is vital that the industry has qualifications for entrants so that they can maintain high levels of Equine health and welfare. HTP Apprenticeship College offers an entry route into the sector which is suitable for those people who have a keen interest and are looking for a career working with horses on the Isle of Wight. In partnership with the Island Riding Centre on the outskirts of Newport we offer a full-time course at Level 1 and the Intermediate Apprenticeship at Level 2.


Thousands of young people have succeeded with an Apprenticeship through HTP. You could too!

Katie Roddick’s confidence has grown since being on the course, mixing with students, tutors and the customers at the riding centre. Even though she has been riding some time she is learning new skills and her riding is becoming more advanced.

Heidi Ryall started on a Traineeship with HTP with her work experience placement at the Island Riding Centre. She demonstrated her potential and has now progressed on to her Intermediate Apprenticeship.

Get started today – your way

There are three great ways you can begin your career in Horse Care and Riding through HTP Apprenticeship College.
Choosing the right one for you depends on how ready you are to start work.

Get straight into work

Ready to start your career in the Horse Care industry?

Why not earn-while-you-learn and gain nationally-recognised qualifications with an HTP Apprenticeship – the best way to get straight into the workplace.


Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care and Riding 
  • Level 2 Award in Business for the Environment and Land-based Sector
  • Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (if you do not already have GCSE at Grades C or above)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
After your Apprenticeship

After successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship candidates can progress to higher level of qualifications.

Get some experience first

Not sure if the Horse Care Industry is for you? No problem. Try out working and gaining skills in a real business for 6 weeks to 6 months and find out if it is. If for any reason it isn’t, we can help you find another one! A Traineeship is a great way to get a taste of the workplace, gain experience and skills, and progress onto a full Apprenticeship or other employment.

This Traineeship

HTP works with a number of Equine centres who will be able to offer a keen young person a chance to demonstrate their potential. HTP will help find you the right one for you. When you are on work experience you may get some expenses towards things like travel and meals.

On a Traineeship you will:

  • get a minimum of 6 weeks work experience
  • take part in classroom-based training to help you prepare for work
  • have the chance to achieve maths and English qualifications (if you need to)
  • receive all the information, advice and guidance you need to get your career underway
After your Traineeship

After you have completed your Traineeship you will progress onto an Apprenticeship or into other employment, possibly self-employment.

Get ready and confident

Most employers in the Horse Care industry will only recruit people with relevant experience and qualifications. That’s where our career-focused Full-time Course come sin, taking place  in partnership with Island Riding Centre in Newport. It’s not like being at school  and you will gain practical workplace skills and knowledge.

This Full-time Course

The course is based at the Island Riding Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight, where you will undertake the Level 1 Diploma in Horse Care and Riding, along with practical work experience at the centre.

Some of things you’ll learn on this Course include:

  • cleaning stables and yard
  • health and safety
  • how to clean and fit tack
  • leading and controlling horses
  • riding under supervision
After your Full-time Course

After you have successfully completed the Level 2 qualification you can progress on to the full-time Level 3 course or we will help you secure an Advanced Apprenticeship with a local employer.

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