If Wishes were Horses…

Someone once asked me what horses meant to me, and my immediate vision was the usual cliché of galloping along the beach, riding on a long relaxed rein homeward bound after a ride through fields, rain or shine my life always seemed to feature horses.

Our Grading System

  1. Basic knowledge, willing to clean stables/groom etc - needs induction and support training.
  2. Basic knowledge, willing to clean stables/groom etc - needs induction, support training, can catch a horse, halter, tie up, pick out feet, basic riding
  3. Some knowledge, needs induction and support training, can catch and halter a horse, pick out feet, groom, saddle up, generally handle
  4. Confident around horses, at least 2 years experience, handling horses, some riding, can feed, make up hay nets, can supervise junior staff
  5. Confident around horses, at least 2 years experience, handling horses, riding, feed/hay/supervise staff, some veterinary first aid, can identify signs of colic, deal with minor injuries
  6. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) - strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations
  7. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) - strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations - can lunge, exercise, ride out
  8. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) - strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations
  9. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) - strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations including young stock, energetic horses, stallions, ride well within my disciplines
  10. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) - strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations including young stock, energetic horses, stallions, ride well within my discipline and show

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