This course is designed for current stable staff who are hoping to upskill within the workplace and develop their knowledge of caring for racehorses in a yard environment.

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Full-time or part time*


Fully funded for most learners - contact us to discuss

Entry Level

Intermediate / Advanced


SCQF Level 5 SCQF Level 5 - Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (OFQUAL) Level 2 equivalent to meet regulations under the British Horseracing Authority

Dates & Locations

Borders College


Course Content

Exercise and Performance

Code Title Level Credits
NEWU 45 Racehorse Care: Preparation for Ridden Work (Tack and Equipment) 5 1
NEWU 45 Providing non-ridden exercise for horses 5 1
NEWU 45 Riding horses for routine exercise 5 1
NEWU 45 Riding a racehorse to improve performance 6 1
* This may be a combination of block release, day release or evening basis. The likely format will be a day a week in college and assessed in the workplace however, it is subject to change depending on uptake of the course.

In this course candidates are required to identify the reasons for providing horses with non-ridden exercise. This may include exercise purposes as well as training purposes and to describe areas and surfaces suitable for working horses from the ground, reference could be made to the area being enclosed, flat and level, with the ideal surface for lungeing horses being non-slip and non-concussive (unless part of veterinary inspection).

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the candidates with an understanding of the principles of racehorse exercise and performance and how these principles can be applied in practice. This course will introduce the learner to a variety of activities that are fundamental to being able to exercise horses under instruction and ride to improve performance. Throughout this qualification the emphasis will be on safe working and skills required for initial employment in the racing industry. All of these qualifications have been developed in consultation with Scottish trainers

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The course is registered through our partner training providers, SRUC and Borders College.

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