Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horse Care

This programme is designed for people who are new to horse care (or recent recruits) and are working under the supervision of another member or members of staff.

Entry Requirements

To undertake an intermediate apprenticeship you must be employed in a horse care job for a minimum of 30 hours per week.  If you already have a job, and your employer agrees, you can join an apprenticeship.  If you are seeking employment in horse care you can find your own Employer or apply for a job through the apprenticeship vacancies service.   All apprentices need to have contract of employment and earn at least the the national minimum wage for apprentices

There are no specific entry requirements to progress onto the intermediate apprenticeship, however, there are qualifications and experience listed below which will help learners prior to starting:

Progression opportunities onto the Equine Intermediate Apprenticeship also exist for adult learners who have experience within the Equine industry or who are looking for a career change.

There are no formal academic requirements for the intermediate apprenticeship in animal care but you should have a love of horses, a genuine interest in their welfare, and be prepared to get your hands dirty!  You should have at least basic numeracy and literacy skills on which the apprenticeship will build.

Length of Course/Start Date

The course normally lasts 12-18 months.  You can start the programme at any time of the year.

Contents of the programme

On the intermediate apprenticeship in horse care you will study for the following qualifications:

Other non-certificates components of the programme include:


You will need to attend Badgehurst Training Ltd’s Centre for your induction (introduction) to apprenticeship.  After then your learning will be undertaken in the work place.  You will lean a broad range of horse care skills, including daily routines such as stabling and grassland care, feeding and watering, grooming, plaiting, clipping and trimming, fitting, removing and maintaining tack, horse health and anatomy, lungeing.  You may also need to attend our Centre for functional skills sessions (depending on the English and maths qualifications that you already hold).  One of our Training Officers will visit you regularly in your work place to provide support, deliver training, set targets and carry out assessment.


We use a range of assessment methods on this programme to determine how well you are progressing, including observation of practical performance (in the workplace), questioning, assignments, tasks and tests.  You will need to take an external examination (practical and theory) which will normally require you to travel to an EQL examinations centre.

Progression and Employment Opportunities

Once you have completed the intermediate apprenticeship in horse care you could be able to progress onto:

Typical jobs apprentices will be able to progress onto on completion of the intermediate Apprenticeship will depend on the qualifications and experience gained, but could include:  Groom, Stud Groom, Trek AssistantJockey, Harness Horse Groom and Trainee/Assistant