As part of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management offered at Enniskillen Campus, the first and second year students can study a horse fitness module as an optional unit instead of completing the riding module.
As part of this module the students went on a trip to Fiona Fitzgibbons yard in Moira. Fiona is an ex student of the campus having completed the BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Management.
Whilst at the campus, Fiona was a very active student in the riding and racing clubs and was always very enthusiastic and determined. These qualities came across when she was talking to the students.
After graduating from Enniskillen Campus, Fiona set up her own yard. She now focuses on producing horses for sale and competing in Eventing Ireland competitions.
At the present time, she has liveries in for working and competing.
On arrival at her yard Fiona gave an insight into her business. She then talked the students through the different horses which she has on her yard. Due to having a range of ages of horses in the yard, Fiona was able to highlight the importance of having fitness programmes to suit the individual horse.
Fiona also spoke to the students regarding the different types/shapes of the horses and how they all require different types of work to help build up muscle in the area most needed.
There were a couple of young horses on the yard so she highlighted to the students the importance of taking them slowly and only progressing on when the horse showed signs that he was ready.
All in all the students came away with a much greater knowledge on the importance of fittening and monitoring fitness of the horse as well as gaining valuable careers advice.
After visiting Fiona’s yard on the way back to Enniskillen Campus the students got to stop in at The Meadows for a spot of Christmas shopping in TRI- NI, which went down very well.
Students really enjoyed themselves and on behalf of all of them we would like to thank Fiona for giving up her time to accommodate us.