Equine apprenticeship

Equine apprenticeship

The Equine apprenticeship is suitable for anyone looking to work with horses.

The equine industry is one of the most diverse within the land-based sector, with opportunities for working in livery yards, riding schools, racing yards, training yards or using harnessed horses.

Horses represent a major asset for their owners and need the skilled attention of devoted and well-trained staff.

The apprenticeship covers many specialisms, but all deal with the welfare, supervision and riding of horses. Your training will focus on either general horse care, racehorse care or harness horse care, depending on your employer. As an apprentice, you could find yourself in one of many job roles, such as stable hand, groom, stud assistant or riding instructor. You’ll learn how to take care of horses, which will include everything from feeding and grooming through to exercising.

There are plenty of roles away from the stables, too: for example, trek assistants help organise riding groups and ensure everyone stays safe.

On the Advanced Level apprenticeship, you’ll take on more responsibilities. You could be working towards becoming a trek leader, riding instructor or a performance rider.


Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:

National minimum wage up to £18,000

Job roles:

Intermediate Level – Assistant groom (non-ride or ride), Assistant stud hand, Trek assistant, Apprentice jockey

Advanced Level – Groom, Assistant yard manager, Trek leader, Riding instructor, Jockey, Harness horse groom, Harness horse driver

Issuing Authority:

Lantra – www.lantra.co.uk