BHS Stage 1 Care
|Academic Level:||Further Education Level 1|
|Number of units/modules:||9|
|Study Hours per Unit:||10|
|Course Duration:||Maximum 12 months to complete course requirements|
|Study Week Requirements:||Optional Stable Management Study Week|
Specifically developed distance learning course material provides all of the information required for students to pass the relevant Care stage examination. A work assignment is completed at the end of each course module and submitted for assessment and tutor feedback. In-text activities and in-text questions are supplemented by a Practical Skills Workbook, which details the practical skills needed to pass the BHS examination. Students record satisfactory attainment of each skill listed in the Skills Workbook and seek verification of the achievement by a colleague or friend.
Once all skills have been attained and all work assignments completed, students may choose to attend the Study Week at TOCES’ yard in Suffolk. The course will help prepare the student for the practical elements of the BHS Stage 1 Care examination, with a mock exam taken on the final day of the course.
Please note that you cannot train for the riding section of the Stage 1 to 4 examinations through distance learning and that in order to attain a BHS Care and Management qualification you must take the examination at a BHS Examination Centre. Structure and content of the range of BHS Courses may be subject to amendment to reflect changes in the BHS examination structure.
- 14 years and over (please note you must be 16 years old to complete the final examination at your local BHS Centre)
- Interested in learning more about horse care and management
Module / Unit Details
Study from home or school
Fit study in around your current commitments and while you gain practical experience in the equine industry.
Full course support
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Module 1 – Introduction to Equine Anatomy
Colours, markings, and basic physiology of the horse. Points of the horse.
Module 2 – Principles of Equine Behaviour
The nature, instincts and behaviour of horses in the wild and in captivity, in the field, stable and when ridden.
Module 3 – The Stabled Horse
Yard routine, mucking-out, skipping-out, bedding and setting the stable fair. Building and maintaining a muck heap. Grooming. Selecting and fitting rugs.
Module 4 – The Grass Kept Horse
The paddock – fencing, watering, poisonous plants and shelter. Turning out and catching the horse. Care of the grass kept horse. Pasture management.
Module 5 – Saddlery
Care and fitting of items of tack including saddle, bridle and martingales. Parts of the saddle and bridle. Tacking up and untacking. Effects of worn, ill-fitting or dirty tack.
Module 6 – The Foot, Shoeing and Lameness
Structure of the foot. Day to day care of the foot, including recognising the need for shoeing.
Module 7 – Watering and Feeding
Rules of feeding and watering. Types and quality of fodder and hay. Feeding stabled and grass-kept horses and ponies in light work.
Module 8 – Horse Health
Signs of good and ill health.
Module 9 – General Knowledge
Safety rules and fire precautions. Accident procedure. Riding or leading on the road. Aims of the British Horse Society.
Optional Study Week
Practical application of the knowledge gained through studying the course modules and completing the work assignments will be demonstrated and assessed. A mock BHS Stage 1 Horse Knowledge and Care examination will be taken on the final day.
Enrolment and Fees
Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year.
Following enrolment, you will receive access to distance learning course material and an allocated course tutor who will be available to assist you throughout your studies.
- Distance learning course materials in PDF format
- Tutor support