The young people who attend the programme will learn the basics of horse management with progression to further qualifications. This basic learning will incorporate the Five C's Communication, Confidence, Co-Operation, Cognition and Co- Ordination.
The young people will start on the Equido beginner's level - Lantra Affiliated, with possible progression to Equido Levels1-3 SQA Animal Husbandry, Steps to work and Personal Development at SCQF Level 3-4. The Saltire Award is achieved by the amount of hours the young people attend the stables as this is seen as voluntary work.
There are a number of potential routes after completion of this programme, including:
- Progress to internship through Ross Dhu Equestrian Centre Natural Horsemanship
- Progress through study at SRUC Oatridge College to achieve BSJA Stages.
- Work experience in this area leading to employment
- British Horse Society coaching qualifications
One of our young people found school really difficult to sustain however after attending the horse programme she found that it was of interest to her and she engaged well in all aspects of this. She worked hard and gained her Equido beginner's qualification, this enabled her to gain a place at Oatridge college where she is now in her second year studying Horse Care Advanced Certificate.
Another of our pupils has additional educational needs and found school difficult. He attended the horse programme where he achieved his SQA Animal Husbandry Award, Steps to Work and Personal Development Award. He now attends Ross Dhu Equestrian Centre where he is doing work experience and continuing to work towards his Equido Qualifications.