This module aims to develop an appreciation of the diverse nature and scale of the equine industry within the UK and wider international context. The economic significance of the industry as a whole and the relative contributions of the various sectors will be identified. The nature, size, scope and characteristics of a variety of equestrian businesses and organisations will be researched. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles and methods used to record, measure and analyse the performance of an equestrian business. The impact of the external environment on a range of equine organisations will also be assessed.

Students will be introduced to the roles and functions of managers within a variety of equestrian organisations and to the principles which underpin the effective management of an enterprise to sustain a productive working environment and optimum equine health, welfare and performance.

The module also introduces students to some of the basic financial concepts such as the accounting framework, profit, working capital and costs. The aim of the module is to give the student a solid foundation in equestrian enterprise management to enable further study of more specialist business concepts within later modules of the course.