BHS Stage 2 Care

Academic Level: Further Education Level 2
Number of units/modules: 10
Study Hours per Unit: 10
Total Hours:  100
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 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)
  • If you intend to complete the BHS examinations, the BHS require you to complete these in order from Stage 1, however you can choose to complete a higher level BHS preparation course with us for your own interest.

Module / Unit Details

TOCES BHS examination preparation courses allows those unable to attend traditional training courses or train as a working pupil, to complete BHS Stage 1 to 4 Care and Management examination preparation through distance learning.

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

Our dedicated student support tutors are available to assist you throughout your studies. Keep in touch with fellow students too!

Module 1 – Anatomy and Physiology

The skeleton. The digestive system. Position and function of the main internal organs. Structure and function of the foot. The teeth and ageing.

Module 2 – Horse Psychology

The nature, instincts and behaviour of horses in the wild and in captivity, in the field, stable and when ridden.

Module 3 – Horse Health

Signs of good and ill health. Preventative treatments. When to call the vet. Treatment of minor wounds. Basic nursing. Lameness. Care of the teeth.

Module 4 – Equine Nutrition

Constituents of feed stuffs and nutritional values. Calculating rations, sample feed plans and charts, rules of feeding, hay, watering.

Module 5 – General Horse Management

Grooming – strapping and quartering. Care of the horse following exercise. Clipping and trimming. Uses, fitting and care of rugs and blankets. Bandaging. Plaiting.

Module 6 – Saddlery

Principles of bitting. Care of tack. Fitting lungeing equipment, boots, breastplates and martingales. Tack related injuries.

Module 7 – Care of the foot

The farrier’s tools. Shoeing procedure. Care of the foot. Removing a shoe.

Module 8 – Fittening the Horse

Lungeing. Fittening for medium work. The effects of ground type and conditions. Care after work. Bringing up from grass. Roughing off. Travelling.

Module 9 – Stable Design and Pasture Management

Stable design and construction. Poisonous plants. Maintaining good pasture. Paddock maintenance.

Module 10 – General Knowledge

The Country Code. Road safety. Accident procedure. The aims of the BHS and benefits of membership.

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 2 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.

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