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Stable Management

We offer winter stable management classes on Thursday evenings.
Stable Management Class

Sessions will include some of the following topics but we may add other topics in as well:

  • Feeding,
  • First aid,
  • Conformation,
  • Tack and equipment,
  • Anatomy and leg dissection,
  • Feet and shoeing.
  • Show – Prep and Bandaging

Please call to sign up, dates posted under upcoming events.

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What is Stable Management?

Stable management covers everything else but riding your horse. It includes all aspects of owning and looking after a horse. This can include, but is not limited to: tack and saddlery, grooming, feeding, foot care and shoeing, bandaging and wraps, first aid, anatomy of the horse, conformation, conditioning, lameness and a lot more.

Stable managers take on full responsibility for all horses in their stable. If there are several, this can be a challenge – making sure each individual is turned out and fed at the right times, that none of them get bullied by the more dominant horses and that any medical or other special needs are met.
A horse needs a person to look out for it. It does not stop needing care for Christmas or the Summer holidays and therefore a stable manager’s job never ends.

Done properly, stable management is a full-time job – and a demanding one at that. It is everything about looking after horses in order to make sure they are healthy, happy and safe.

Why Learn Stable Management:

If you have your horse fully boarded you will have people to do your stable management for you, but you should still know what they do and why they do it. It is the responsibility of the horse owner, whether they have their horse boarded or not, to know exactly what their horse’s needs are at any given time. Every owner or rider should know the basics of stable management, even if you lease or ride a school horse. It is only fair to the horse that the person who rides it most knows how to care for it.
Children especially can get plenty out of stable management. When they are looking after someone else, namely their horse, they are putting that someone else first. They will also start to appreciate how big a job it is to look after a horse and more importantly it will improve the connection between the child and their pony.
And the biggest reason, IT IS FUN!