Development and Implementation of a Horse Care, Welfare and Stable Management Policy for Thoroughbred Horses Level 4 Learning Programme
This learning programme has been designed for those who are involved in the care and welfare of Thoroughbreds and are in a position of responsibility for horses, staff and connections. Learners taking this award should be operating autonomously and be confident in their decision-making abilities that will impact on their current or future role within the industry.
The Learning Programme comprises a series of tasks based on the Learning Outcomes below, which will be completed through research and self-study. Learners will be allocated a mentor, who will guide them through the process and provide links to recommended websites, suitable short courses and suggested reading.
1. Develop a horse care and stable management policy based on an evaluation of the welfare and fitness of individual horses, business plan and staff resources
2. Ensure that the objectives of the policy conform to relevant legislation and industry standards
3. Communicate and oversee the effective implementation of the policy
4. Select and implement appropriate hygiene and bio-security measures
5. Organise suitable stabling/grazing environments and daily care for horses
6. Monitor and promote health and well-being of horses
7. Plan and implement a suitable nutrition policy for horses
8. Identify the need for specialist input and take appropriate action
9. Instigate appropriate action in relation to health and welfare issues in accordance with industry requirements
10. Communicate effectively with staff
11. Ensure appropriate horse care and health records are maintained effectively and in line with legislation and regulations
12. Understand the importance of safe working practices in the racing industry
13. Conform to the BHA Equine Welfare Strategy as appropriate
Applications can be made to the National Horseracing College (the approved centre), who will process the registration and issue a learner portfolio. On completion of the learner portfolio, an application can be made for assessment. This is conducted through portfolio review followed by a Professional Discussion with a panel of sector specialists/assessors appointed by the BHA. Learners who do not attain the required standard will be provided with guidance to undertake further learning before applying for reassessment.
For details of how to apply for this Learning Programme, please contact any of the following: