Horse Care

Here at Kingsmead, we offer a combination of natural and traditional horsemanship to give every rider an understanding of the horses, as we believe a good relationship and clear communication between horse and rider is the key to success. We welcome riders of all age and abilities. We offer private, semi-private and group lessons, lead reins along a bridle path or hacking straight from the yard. Our coaches offer progressive lessons and work closely with our clients, helping them achieve their goals and enjoy their riding. Our primary aim is for riders to feel happy and confident; from these foundations everything else can grow. At Kingsmead, we can enjoy year round riding or you can enjoy a one off session. Our all-inclusive ethos caters for any rider, we pride ourselves on creating a welcoming environment combined with a tailored learning programme. We have chosen not to impose an arbitrary weight limit for our riders. Children enjoy riding here, they can get to know the ponies and their coaches. We have three schools, as well as our own woodland ride and the public bridle path, this offers variety and ample learning opportunities. We have extensive experience with emotional, behavioural and social needs and can achieve very positive outcomes. We have a range of suitable ponies who enjoy working with our riders with physical limitations. We have an increasing number of adult riders, some starting out for the first time and others returning to riding after a long break, we have a range of horses to suit every adult and have four adult only groups at the weekend. At Kingsmead, we offer an innovative approach to riding, by using Ground Work (sometimes known as Natural Horsemanship or Horse Whispering). Riders can gain a deeper understanding about how their emotions impact on their horses and their riding. Working on the ground can enable nervous riders to see how they are influencing their horse when ridden whilst our more confident riders can explore ways to get the best from their mount. You can see the pleasure on the handler's faces as the pony follows them; having that relationship with a horse, even for such a short time, is truly amazing. We use Ground Work in our Equine Assisted Learning Programmes.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual looking to develop their skills in horse care. You will work alongside our current team, handling and caring for our horses. This could be a fantastic opportunity for somebody who is wanting to further their career within the industry.

We are currently recruiting for an enthusiastic and dedicated apprentice who is looking to further their knowledge and skills. The successful candidate will work alongside our current team, handling and caring for our horses.

 Working with professional people, the training will give a good foundation to go on and work in any sphere of equestrian.

A high standard of care and attention to detail will be expected to maintain the company image we pride ourselves on.

Yard duties will include:

  • Turning out and bringing in
  • Mucking out
  • Feeding, watering and haying
  • Grooming
  • Clipping and trimming
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of the yard at all times
  • Bandaging
  • Tacking up
  • Lunging/long rein
  • Riding

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a friendly, hard-working team. Within the role, the successful candidate will be working towards a level 2 apprenticeship in horse care, with further training and employment available for the right candidate.

Desired skills

  • Must be able to work alone at times and as part of a team
  • Applicants must have some experience of handling horses and show this on the application
  • Good communication

Personal qualities

  • Committed
  • Reliable
  • Team player
  • Friendly

Desired qualifications

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths and English are desired
  • Applicants MUST NOT already hold a level 2 or higher in horse care

Future prospects

  • Progression onto level 3 for the right candidate

Things to consider

There is no accommodation on site, own transport would be desirable.

KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the listed closing date should the need arise.




Weekly wage


Working week

Days and hours TBC Total hours per week: 30.00

Apprenticeship duration

16 months

Possible start date

5 April 2021

Date posted

2 February 2021

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

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