BHS Horse Knowledge and Care Stage 2
|Academic Level:||Further Education Level 2|
|Number of units/modules:||10|
|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 HKC 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 HK & C 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 HK & C 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
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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 – Shoeing
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 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