British horse bit company Neue Schule’s training and education division, The Academy, has joined forces with Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire to bring Lantra-accredited courses to its equine degree students.
The Academy by Neue Schule became an approved Lantra-awarding body for land-based and environmental training courses and qualifications earlier this year.
The online educational programme is designed to inform and enlighten the equine community on the principles of bitting, how bits work and the action they have on the various points of communication.
As part of the new arrangement with Bishop Burton College, second and third-year undergraduates will take an equestrian industry-relevant prerequisite maths course in November, followed by Fundamentals of Bits and Bitting in January. The initiative is a first for both organisations.
“Some of the most prominent employers in the industry have told us that they find recent graduates academically unprepared,” said The Academy’s Dr Caroline Benoist.
“Maths skills are essential in the workplace. When calculating exact wormer or medicine dosages for a sick horse, and even ordering the yard’s monthly feed rations based on each horse’s body weight, for example, it’s crucial that the correct quantities are calculated. This course will help prepare students for their future roles, generating a more competitive pool of prospective employees and enabling academic institutes to incorporate vital maths training.”
Dr Graham Cross, The Academy’s Director of Studies, who is responsible for developing and implementing the courses with Dr Benoist, added: “We are providing important life skills and the Lantra certification makes these fantastic qualifications for students to work towards.”
The two courses will be taught weekly, with independent online study, live webinars in the classroom and hands-on exercises with tutors.
Tracy Bye, Bishop Burton’s higher education lecturer in equine science, said: “We are really excited to be the first college offering these courses, which fit very well with our degree programmes and will be a valuable bolt-on to other modules.”
Both courses are being offered to other colleges and equine educational institutions, where they can be included as part of the curriculum. The Academy has a wide range of courses, including the newly launched Mathematics for Bits and Bitting, ideally suited to those already working in the industry, such as retailers and grooms, as it helps to brush up on numeracy and maths techniques, and provides a valuable asset to boost CVs.