BHS Stage 1 Horse Knowledge and Skills – March


The 12 week BHS stage 1 care course will develop your skills and knowledge in the care of horses and within working safely on a stable yard with empathy towards both horses and colleagues. You will develop your knowledge and practical skills when carrying out routine tasks, such as mucking out, bedding down and providing food and water. You will be asked to handle horses inside the stable and outdoors, apply and remove rugs, groom, lead a horse in hand and hold a horse for inspection.

This course only includes the training for the BHS assessment and does not include the BHS stage 1 exam. This can be booked and paid for directly through the British Horse Society.

The course is held on Monday evenings from 6pm – 7pm.

Course Content - What will I learn?

• Knowledge of the responsibilities of working on a stable yard
• Maintaining a clean stable
• Carrying out routine grooming tasks
• Describing horses
• Knowledge of horse behaviour and health
• Using rugs appropriately
• Tacking up and un-tacking
• Handling horses
• Feeding and watering horses

Am I right for the course?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to work towards their BHS stage 1 care exam with foundation horse handling and care experience. Minimum age is 14.

The dedicated team of staff within the Equestrian department at Oaklands College include a BHS Examiner, a multiple Champion at HOYS, a qualified vet, two BSJA Coaches and a keen Eventer. Producing learners to work to high, practical and academic standards in the equine industry is our speciality. All staff hold academic and teaching qualifications and have vast practical experience which allows for effective teaching and learning.

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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.

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