Preparation for BHS Stage 3 Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding

Equine Studies

The course will cover all topics assessed by the BHS Stage 3 exam including feeding and watering, the muscular and circulatory system of the horse, static and dynamic conformation and lunging. A syllabus for the exam can be found at www.bhs.org.uk.


  • Course code:


  • Subject area:

    Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding

  • Duration:

    20 weeks

  • Venue:

    St Albans Campus

  • Start dates:


  • Fees*:


  • Awarding body:

    Generic award - no awarding body

About the department

Our Equine Department's teaching team are a group of highly qualified lecturers with a wealth of knowledge in this rewarding and challenging field, including competition and industrial experience. The team includes a BSJA accredited coach and veterinary surgeon.

Important Course Information

What are the Course Requirements?

You will need horse handling experience and a keen interest in providing good care to horses. For the riding element you will be required to take an assessment on a pre-arranged date to ensure you are working towards the level required to pass the exam. In the assessment you will be required to walk, trot and canter a horse, work in walk and trot without stirrups and jump a course of fences. In order to take the exam you will need to be a Gold member of the British Horse Society and must have passed the BHS Stage 2 exam.

You will need to be hard working, motivated and determined to learn both the theoretical and practical elements of this course. For the riding module you will need to demonstrate a good basic position on the flat, without stirrups and over a course of show-jumps up to 1m and cross-country fences up to 90cm.

You will learn about the care of the horse to include lunging, the muscular and circulatory system of the horse, foot balance and shoeing, grassland management, feeding and watering and general knowledge. The riding tutor will aim to improve your position and balance when riding the horse in walk, trot and canter, work without stirrups in walk, trot and canter, over show jumps and cross-country fences.

For BHS members wishing to take the exam there will be an exam scheduled for the end of the course. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee you a space or that the exam will run if there is a lack of interest.


For those of you wanting to go into employment, the aim of our Equine course(s) are to produce competent carers working with horses, with the potential to take up management positions after further experience.

Potential careers:

  • Coach
  • Groom
  • Instructor
  • Nutritionalist
  • Stud Hand
  • Yard Manager
  • Equestrian Event Management
  • Competition Groom
  • Equine Vet Nurse
  • Equine Lecturer
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  • 16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.
  • For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.
  • Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.
  • All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.