NewsTuesday 05 Aug 2014

Horse enthusiasts from around the state converge at Taree TAFE this week

Students are coming from as far south as Cooma, as far West as Walgett and far North as the QLD border. They range in ages from 15 to in their 60s!

This week we will see a number of  horse enthusiasts from around the state converge on Taree at  Taree TAFE campus Equine centre. The group will consist of around 24 Equine Online students. The students will range across courses from Certificate I through to and including Diploma level. The week is action packed!

“The Taree TAFE Equine centre facilities provide an excellent back drop and learning facility for those students attending.  The facility is its own working Equine centre with eight resident horses” said Linda Molloy Equine teacher. 

The horses are handled and trained by our own equine technical officer. The facilities include all of the standard items one would find in a similar industry establishment.

During the week the students will be working on the TAFE Equine centre participating in learning and hands on sessions. The students will cover such skills as gearing horses up for work, lungeing, clipping, riding, transporting, basic farriery, dental care and first aid.  All tasks are part of industry requirements and prepare students to enter the industry or further their career paths if they are already in industry. The horse industry in Australia is a big contributor to the national economy – flat racing, harness racing, equestrian, western or sport horse have to be acknowledged along with the subsidiary players in the industry such as contractors,vets, dentists, farriers, chiropractors, transporters  and suppliers saddlery, feed and produce. 

“Safety is parmount and we consider ourselves as leading the industry in many aspects of work health and safety. By coming and working at the facility it ensures our students go into industry aware of and implementing best practice WHS procedures. Animal welfare relevant to horse welfare is also right up there on the agenda in all of our courses.” Linda said.

All of the equine teaching staff atTaree TAFE are highly qualified and current in industry with many of them having their own equine enterprises that are fully operational.  There is years of experience to pass on to the students. During the week students will learn from and work with veterinary officers and equine dentists along with their teachers.

This Equine training equips our students to go onto many different job roles or career pathways in industry.  These include – strapper, stud hand, stud groom, head groom, stud administration, foaling attendant, stable foreman/supervisor, stable/stud manager, bloodstock agent, trainer, coach, nutritionist, consultant along with roles associated with subsidiary businesses including – commercial transporter or assistant, retail, education and the likes.

Our students study their theory online, anytime from anywhere. We currently have over 120 students enrolled across the state. Getting together at workshops is a great way of meeting teachers and fellow students in what is otherwise a virtual equine world! 

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