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Equine Management Course

Gap Africa Projects presents a 14-day fieldtrip showcasing applied professional equine management in South Africa.

The aim is to introduce students to some of the leading professionals in the South African equestrian environment. The programme is structured into various modules which can be selected to create a fieldtrip programme that compliments / enriches the formal academic curriculum of the sending academic institution.

Full Course Details

Gap Africa Projects presents a 14-day fieldtrip showcasing applied professional equine management in South Africa.

The aim is to introduce students to some of the leading professionals in the South African equestrian environment. The programme is structured into various modules which can be selected to create a fieldtrip programme that compliments / enriches the formal academic curriculum of the sending academic institution.

The Midlands region of KwaZulu Natal province is not only endowed with great beauty and natural diversity but can also arguably claim to dominate the largest market share of the equine industry in South Africa through the concentration of breeders, trainers, athletes and auxiliary specialist industry services such as veterinary and other equine health specialists.

The format of the programme includes:

  • Lectures and instruction from professionals in their field
  • Hands-on practical sessions
  • Site visits to international recognised industry champions
  • Attending local equestrian events / venues
  • Outrides and horse trails
  • Optional activities

Tailor-make your South African Equine Management field trip content and duration by selecting from the following menu of modules. The minimum requirement in terms of duration of a field trip is 10 nights on the ground in South Africa.

Module 1: Racehorse Breeding and Pretraining (3 days)

In this module we will cover what the South African horseracing industry is looking for in terms of confirmation and temperament. We will visit two internationally recognized studs, two pre-training specialists, a local equine food manufacturer and a race horse training facility.

Module 2: Warmblood Studs showjumping and other sport riding disciplines (3 days)

In this module we explore the world of showjumping, equitation and eventing disciplines in South Africa. We will visit 2 local studs to learn what South African breeders/competitors are looking for in terms of confirmation and temperament. We will visit local stable yards and riding schools and visit a local food manufacturer.

Module 3: Natural Horsemanship (2 days)

Comprises a combination of theory and practical lessons with BSET academy’s Mandy Hunt. Ekwos is psychology-based training for both horse and rider. Solving behavioural problems in horses and helping the owner be better equipped to deal with issues especially when safety is a concern. Understanding how and why the horse behaves in undesirable ways and how to overcome these issues. Teaching the human how to channel energy to be calm and savvy around their horses and portray leadership in the best way for the horse to find comfort and respect. Create a safer happier partnership at all levels of horsemanship and understand the horse fully.

In this module two different dentistry techniques will be demonstrated and then we will visit a local bit craftsman who has been developing quality equine products for over 30 years. Specialising in providing innovative solutions to riders’ challenging problems. This innovation with handmade quality, attention to detail and testing by world renowned riders, has resulted in world-class horse products … and not just bits. The results are truly astounding and is applied to a variety of disciplines including Dressage, Endurance, Polo, Polocrosse, Racing, Saddlebred and Show jumping.

Module 5: Equine Transeva Technique ETT™ (1 day)

BSET is the home of ETT™ and custodian of this technique. Beth Shaw delivers a very practical introduction and demonstration to this technique of re-establishing correct muscle movement and function. Beth Shaw studied under one of South Africa’s pioneers of equine body work, the inimitable Winks Greene and has been an Equine Transeva Technique practitioner for over 15 years. Beth’s work has been proven time and time again over multiple equine disciplines.

Module 6: Quarter Horse Stud & Western Riding (½ Day)

Fergus Buchan has one of the finest Quarter horse studs and service on the Western Riding

Module 7: Jockeys, Trainers and Racehorses (1 day)

A comprehensive insight into the life of jockey’s, race horse trainers and their race horses. Nowhere does the horse racing industry come together in one location as it does at Summerveld, home to the country’s largest training facility bosting 1600 stables, 5 different training tracks, 2 trotting rings, 2 specialist equine hospitals, the South African Jockey Academy and the Shongweni equestrian centre. This is a full day outing where we will experience the daily rigours of the equine industry.

Module 8: Coastal Horse Care Unit (1 day)

This non-profit organisation is dedicated to achieving a world where horses are used but not abused, to protecting horses from abuse and alleviate their suffering by rehabilitating, campaigning and educating. We will accompany as volunteers into the surrounding rural areas and educating owners on the care of their horses and donkeys. Communities rely heavily on their horses for their transport and livelihood. The program not only teaches them the basics of horse care but provides them with the tools to gain better productivity from the animals in a conducive environment which is both horse and owner friendly.

Horse Trails

An equine field trip to South Africa would be incomplete without the inclusion of some quality horse riding. The comprehensive list of options below cover spectrum from 2-hour outrides to multiday trails. Please note that additional days may need to be added to the itinerary to include this. Depending on the size of the group and the capacity of the service provider we will work your preference into the logistical flow of the field trip. Contact Us for full horse trail option available.

Location
Where You'll Stay

During your time in South Africa you will be hosted by BSET Academy which was founded in 2008 by Beth Shaw and offers Equine Studies Courses, from Fundamental Equine Practices to Advance Level Equine Transeva Technique ETT™. Over more than 15 years as a ETT™ practitioner servicing the top breeders in South Africa Beth opens doors to the cream of the equine industry. BSET is a registered training provider and registered with the Council of Equine and Equestrian Professionals of South Africa (CEEPSA).

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RATES

Rates from: £1,399.00 per person (2019)

PAYMENT

£300 deposit to secure placement at time of booking, final balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.

INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on shared basis
  • Guides / facilitators
  • Transport (Durban airport return)
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees

EXCLUDES:

  • Refreshments
  • Additional / optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature
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