To gain the valuable practical skills required to successfully complete this course, you will need access to at least three different calm, consistent and obedient horses. This can be with your own horses, through contacts that you have in the horse care industry or by approaching equine facilities in your local area. You will need to arrange to have your practical skills supervised by a competent person, your supervisor. Your chosen supervisor should be: A person who has acquired through training, qualification or experience, the knowledge and skills to ensure your safety whilst you are interacting with horses.
Your chosen equine facility will enable you to put into practice the theory components of the course, develop essential hands-on skills that are necessary for a career in the horse care industry and complete the compulsory practical assignments that are an important part of the assessment towards your qualification. Ideal equine facilities might include agistment centres, riding schools, trail riding centres, animal welfare shelters or equestrian centres.
We encourage our students to select an equine facility that will be most suited to their chosen interest in the horse care industry. We can provide guidance as to how to select and approach a suitable facility.
At your chosen equine facility you will be expected to complete all practical assignments, which are an essential part of the assessment criteria for this course.
Here’s a few important points about your chosen equine facility:-
- You are ultimately responsible for finding and securing a suitable location to carry out your practical skills assessments. This means you have the flexibility to select a facility that suits your location, availability and interests.
- We suggest you have at least one facility in mind prior to commencing your enrolment.
- All equine facilities must be reviewed and authorised by an AVT Student Support Team Member prior to commencing your logged hours. You will receive an Approval Kit to assist you with this requirement.
- If you are already working or volunteering in a horse-related business or organisation, it is likely you will be able to use your place of employment for your practical training.