Pony Clubs in the North Canterbury area are being invited to apply for $300 in scholarships in essential horse care from the North Loburn Equestrian Centre.
The centre will sponsor two coaches or volunteers nominated by their Pony Club to complete the Essential Horse Care Course, administered by Agribusiness Training Ltd. The course is open to anyone over 15 who wishes to learn more about the care, management and welfare of horses and ponies.
The centre has been working in partnership with Agribusiness Training Ltd for the past two years to deliver the Agribusiness Training Certificate in Essential Horse Care in North Canterbury and believes the course provides an excellent understanding of many aspects of horse care, management and welfare.
“Although designed primarily for those in the equine industry, including riding instructors, this course is equally valuable for volunteers involved in running and coaching at Pony Clubs,” says Elaine Rutherford, who along with husband Alastair, owns and manage the centre.
“The course is consistent with the horse and pony care elements of the new editions of Pony Club Manuals 1 and 2 and Pony Club Certificates.”
While the course is an excellent introduction to keeping a horse or pony for first-time owners, many previous students with a lifetime of involvement with horses have found the course valuable and expanded their knowledge of horse care and welfare.
Rangiora Pony Club treasurer Kay James commented: “I have been involved with horses and ponies all my life but learned a huge amount from this course which gives me a lot more confidence in both looking after our own ponies and helping out at Pony Club rallies.”
The centre will provide two bursaries worth $150 each towards the cost of the course, which normally costs $350. The course is delivered in 12 sessions held over a six-month period at weekends and is open to anyone over 15 who wants to learn more about the care, management and welfare of horses and ponies.
After completing the required units students will:
- Be able to recognise signs of good and ill health and common ailments;
- Have a knowledge of paddock maintenance, feeding and paddock and stable management;
- Be able to identify plants and trees poisonous to horses;
- Have an understanding of equine behaviour in relation to training and management;
- Be able to assess a horse’s conformation and action;
- Have a knowledge of the anatomy and function of horse’s body systems; and
- Have knowledge of the correct selection and fitting of gear and saddlery.
For more information contact Elaine or Alastair Rutherford on 03 313 1247 or visit www.nlec.co.nz.