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FETH Curriculum Outline

Years 1, 2 &3 of the Further Education Through Horsemastership Course

The Further Education Through Horsemastership (FETH) Course teaches life and social skills to young people with learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) using a horse-based extended curriculum. The course is fully residential and generally last for three years. Typical activities daily activities are described below.

Riding & Horse Care

During the day learning takes place in groups of a maximum of eight young people, with each group based on a stable yard of six horses. The students are responsible for the daily care of the horses which supports learning related to literacy, numeracy, communication, team work, decision making and handling responsibility etc. Examples of typical activities are:

  • Riding: flatwork, jumping, vaulting, lungeing, hacking and road work.
  • Horse Care: mucking out, grooming, tacking up, feeding and health care checks.

Independent Living Skills (ILS)

Students have the opportunity to transfer their learning from working with the horses to their lives away from the yard. Extended curriculum activities take place in the evenings and weekends and on designated days during the week e.g. when the students going shopping. Examples of typical activities are:

  • Self care: personal hygiene routines, daily and personal laundry, healthy eating and sex education.
  • Personal Development: community awareness including helping at charitable events, external activities such as local classes in music or keep fit.

Literacy, Numeracy and Communication (LNC) including money management

For those students who need support in developing their LNC skills, learning which takes place around the horses such as communicating whilst working, carrying out stock takes of yard equipment and writing out (by hand or using a computer) answers to horse related questions can then be transferred to all other areas of their lives. Examples of typical activities are:

  • Shopping: writing out shopping lists, counting out change, asking shop assistant for help.
  • Organising travel and trips: Looking up train times and costs and the costs of going to events, working out timings and writing out information for group travel.


Throughout their time on the FETH Course students are working towards developing the skills, knowledge and confidence they will need once they leave the FCRT.  

During the course they will have the opportunity to undertake work experience e.g. in a shop, on a commercial yard or working with children.

They will also visit options for their future living arrangements such as supported living accommodation.

Accredited Learning

Students also have the opportunity to work towards accredited awards including:

  • Equestrian Qualification GB Limited (EQL) Levels One & Two Diplomas in Work Based Horse Care
  • The British Horse Society Complete Horsemanship Awards: Stage One Care; Stage One Ride; Ride Safe; Stage Two Care; Stage Two Ride and Stage Two Lunge
  • National Open College Network (NOCN) Functional Skills qualifications: English, Maths and ICT (Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3, and Levels One and Two); GCSE English and Maths (relevant to the student’s post school qualification)  
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering



Contact Us

Please call The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy on 01425 673297 or email admissions@fcrt.ac.uk for further information or to discuss your needs.

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