Aims of the project

Apprentices taking part in the project “Encouraging horse and animal care assistants to professional acting” should achieve skills they need to adjust to the requirements set by the world of work. That means that the apprentices should not only extend their knowledge in their field of work “horse keeping”, but also gain social skills like ability to work in teams, how to deal with conflicts and showing respect and tolerance. Furthermore they are taught to train personal skills like the ability to observe precisely, creativity, critical thinking and take responsibility for others and their work. The teamwork in European mixed groups helps them to enlarge their knowledge of at least one foreign language and strengthens their cross - cultural skills.

Mistakes in horse keeping can very often lead to miscarriage with horses. To avoid these losses a wide knowledge of species-appropriate horse-keeping is necessary, which is based on a fundamental knowledge about natural habitat and natural behavior.

Animal protection laws are surely differing in the participating countries and help to develop different attitudes to them.

The participants will have to observe various ways of horse-keeping (from living in the wild to single-kept as sports horse) to achieve the aims.  Watching horses living in the wild shows behavior that has to be documented and inspires to find criteria for species-appropriate horse-keeping. The ability to observe and watch closely is developed. Criteria resulting from the observation have to be transformed into ideas for species-appropriate horse-keeping. The apprentices have to think about aspects of consideration, how the aspects could be approved and how the result could be rated.

The apprentices widen their overview on various types of horse-keeping possibilities to be able to react quite flexible to their future customers´ wishes or requirements without forgetting their horses´ soundness and well-being.

They learn about sustainability of natural sources and are sensitized for species-appropriate horse-keeping.

The project work is considered to happen in mixed groups (each group to be formed of the different European countries taking part). By this way the project intents to improve teamwork, communication in a foreign language and social skills. A very intense debate about animal protection laws and species-appropriate horse-keeping systems will also be a topic of interest.