We are lucky at Philpots to have our own equestrian facilities which include eleven acres of pasture, six stables and an outdoor arena to ride in. We also have access to lovely hacking on the lanes around West Hoathly and on the local bridleways.
When our young people first come to the yard for horse care they will have several sessions working with the horses and learning horse husbandry on the yard. This will involve learning to care for the horses and do simple tasks such as grooming, rugging and mucking out stables. Once our young people are ready to progress they will learn handling skills and gradually progress to riding our horses if they are within our rider weight guidelines.
Much of what we do here on the yard is about building key life skills such as communication, teamwork, confidence, relationships, responsibility and personal achievement. The young people set their own goals and work toward them within a structured framework of lessons designed to support their own individual needs and aspirations.
Once our learners reach 14 years old we encourage them to study for a BTEC in Horse Care or Sport and Active Leisure, both of which involve horse care units. These qualifications enable our learners to achieve a strong vocational qualification between the ages of 14 and 16 which really gives them a head start if they wish to go on to college after leaving school.
It’s not all work! We have lots of fun, Christmas races, Easter egg hunts, summer hacks, visits and trips so that the students begin to understand the range of vocational opportunities and further training available to them in the industry.
Our equine team are all educated to degree standard and our Instructor holds BHS Stage 4 in horse care and teaching in addition to a BSc Equine Studies and is a certified BHS Changing Lives Through Horses and UKCC Level 2 Coach.
We look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful yard sometime soon.