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Horse Handlers & Awareness Course


Often racecourses have personnel that receive horse handler’s training but it can also be for individuals or organisations who would have such a requirements. The training is delivered at the College.

This one-day course comprises:

10:30   Arrive in College Reception, Meet and Greet with Refreshments
10:45   Introduction to Horse Awareness
To Include:

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • The horse: a fight or flight animal
  • The horse’s vision
  • Recognising horse behaviour
  • Catching a loose horse

11:45   Break

12:00   Horse Awareness Part 2

  • Horses in the Parade ring
  • The theory of approaching horses
  • The theory of catching the loose horse
  • How to assist the Racehorse in difficulty

13:00   Lunch
13:30   Horse Handling Practical
To include:

  • Approaching the Horse
  • Making and fitting a rope halter
  • Tying up horses
  • Safely Leading Horses
  • Unsaddling a horse
  • Legging up a Jockey

15:00  Catching a loose horse (Indoor School)

  • Question and Answer

16:00   Depart

The minimum number of applicants to run the course is 6 and no previous horse experience is necessary.

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  • Thursday 29th Feb 2024


The cost of the course is £85 plus VAT which includes refreshments. Participants will receive a certificate on completion of the course.

Please contact Sarah Beattie for further information

01302 861000

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