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Horse Care & Riding

Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Full-time Courses

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?

We offer an entry route into Horse Care & Riding for those 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. See below for more details of our programmes:

Why learn with US?
  • Rated 'Good' by OFSTED;
  • Industry-experienced tutors;
  • Great facilities, centrally located in Newport Isle of Wight and Portsmouth;
  • Smaller group sizes, with personalised 1-to-1 support.
How is HTP different to school and other colleges?

The main difference between learning with us compared to school or other colleges is that we give you the flexibility to learn in a way that works for you.

Our full-time courses blend classroom learning with practical work experience in a real company giving you the opportunity to bring your learning to life in an industry setting.

Our apprenticeships are a great route directly into working life. You can start earning a real salary right away and fast-track your career options by working in-house as part of a team. You'll be supported by one of our expert Training Consultants, alongside the day-to-day guidance of your employer.

Whichever route you take, our promise is that we put you and your needs first, so you'll always have the support you need to succeed.

Sounds good. How do i find out more?

Give us a call on 01983 533926 or fill in your details here and one of the team will be in touch soon.

Meet the Team

Sallyanne Farley, HTP Apprenticeship College Horse Care & Riding Training Consultant

“It’s given me the chance to progress and grow as a person.”

Katie Roddick

Undertaking Level 1 Horse Care and Riding Diploma

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