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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 4

Hours: 1.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

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Tuition (£): 70.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

Improve Your Riding is designed for those who wish to improve their understanding of horses and their ability to ride. This is a four-week bolt-on course which is tailor-made around participants' needs.
 

Entry requirements

Students must be 14 years of age and over. You should be able to walk, trot and confidently canter. You should also be able to ride comfortably without stirrups.  Please email Nicola Lambert (nicola.lambert@derby-college.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

In order to ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone. All riders will be weighed in their riding attire prior to the start of the course.


 

Course Content

Riders learn how to correctly exercise a horse in walk, trot and canter, and to assess and improve its way of going, including around the arena. You will also jump small fences and work over grid. There is a lot of focus on the riding position and rider balance. 

We have a great range of horses at College, but - as welfare is paramount - you will only be mounted on horses which suit your height and weight.  This could narrow down the selection of horses we can offer you.
 

How will I be assessed?

There will be no formal assessment, although you will receive verbal feedback during and at the end of each lesson and will be set targets for improvement. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Correctly fitted and up-to-current-safety-standard riding hat, with a tight chin strap
  • Riding gloves
  • Specific riding footwear, not Dubarry style country boots
  • Correctly fitted and up-to-current-safety-standard body protector for pole work and jumping

Please do not wear necklaces and earrings.
 

What can I do after this course?

Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine - please see the Derby College Equestrian website (www.derby-college.ac.uk/equestrian-centre). We also offer a wide range of other land-based topics - please see our website or Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
 

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Melissa Shanker

Melissa Shanker

Training to become an equine veterinary nurse

Melissa Shanker had always wanted to work with horses. Riding since she was nine years old, she even took part-time jobs at stables while she was at school. So studying Horse Management – together with various BHS qualifications – at Derby College was the ideal route to her dream career. After leaving College, Melissa always managed to find work with horses. She is now based at Pool House Equine Clinic in Lichfield where she has become their first-ever trainee veterinary nurse. She assists the vets with daily appointments and emergencies, helps with surgical procedures and is learning about how the laboratory is run.

Taking the course at Broomfield Hall gave me the qualifications I needed to pursue my chosen career as an equine veterinary nurse. It helped me develop
specific horse care knowledge which I wouldn’t have gained just through working at riding stables.

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