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Horse Care and Riding Level 2 Diploma

Programme Type: Full-time Course
Availability: Isle of Wight only
Horse Care & Riding Learner

Is it for me?

This highly practical qualification is for candidates entering the equine industry with good basic skills and knowledge of Horse Care, or following on from achieving a Level 1 qualification.

Essential Information

HTP's Riverbank Campus & Trotters Riding School in Ryde
Start Date
Entry Requirements
No formal entry requirements but previous equine experience will be required
Course Length
September - July
Qualifications Achievable
  • Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care (Horse Care and Riding)
  • Maths – GCSE or Functional Skills
  • English – GSCE or Functional Skills
Awarding Body
City & Guilds


This is a work-related, competence-based qualification, and is designed for people who want to progress into the equine industry and can work with limited supervision. It reflects the skills and knowledge needed to do assist with routine jobs effectively and to work in a Horse-related business, such as a Riding Stables, Equestrian Centre, Trekking Centre or a similar job.
What would I do on this course?

You will learn about, and undertake, a wide variety of activities in a series of ‘modules’, including:

  • Clean and maintain stables
  • Provide feed and water horses
  • Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses
  • Restrain horses using specified methods
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
  • Maintain and develop personal performance
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Fit and remove horse clothing
  • Clean and groom horses for appearance
  • Assess grazing land for the introduction of horses
  • Fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise
  • Ride a horse in the open
  • Ride a schooled horse
  • Jump a schooled horse


Where would I be based?

Your course is based mainly at Trotters Riding School, on the outskirts of Ryde. There you’ll spend part of your time in the classroom and the remainder learning and working in the stables, yard and riding arena. You will also spend some time in the classroom at our Riverbank Campus in Newport.

How do I get started?

Easy – just get in touch to register your interest using our Contact Form, email us, or call our Riverbank Campus. This is a hugely popular course and places are limited, so don’t wait – contact us today!

What support will I get?

At HTP Apprenticeship College we will do everything we can to help you and to improve your prospects. In addition to providing support for your programme and qualifications, we want you to feel that you are in a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes your social, physical and moral development.

What advice and guidance can I expect to receive?

From the time you contact us, during training, and after you complete your programme, our experienced staff are on hand to provide you with the help and advice you need to achieve your career aspirations. More information about the Careers Programme we offer can be found on our Support Page or contact one of our Recruitment and Careers Advisors using our Contact Form or by calling 01983 533926.

Have more questions about the course?

No problem, just get in touch and we'll be able to help you.

What can I do after this course?

Following successful completion of this course, you can progress onto the Senior Equine Groom Level 3 Apprenticeship
Contact us now and get onto your career-starting Full-time Course

Newport Riverbank Campus: 01983 824930