Horse Care

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Barony Campus, Oatridge Campus


NC Horse Care is designed to give you a practical foundation on which you can progress to employment such as yard, stud or livery or other courses such as the Advanced Certificate in Horse Care or the HNC in Equine Studies.

You'll undertake early morning and weekend yard duties as part of the course. An acceptable level of fitness is required so you can ride, and carry out yard duties, safely and effectively.

Content includes: Safe Horse Handling; Grooming and Clothing; Preparation for Ridden Work; Trimming, Turnout and Clipping; Equitation; Watering and Feeding; Care of the Horse at Grass.

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 4 preferably including English and Maths. 2 weeks' practical work experience to be completed prior to an agreed date. Recorded evidence of ability to ride, to include a minimum of walk, trot and canter and jumping to be submitted on with application.

Progression Routes

HNC Equine Studies

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Equine and Horse Care

SCQF Level



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