BHS Horse Knowledge and Care Stage 3
|Academic Level:||Further Education Level 3|
|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 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 muscular structure of the horse. The circulatory and respiratory systems. Structure of the lower leg and foot. Conformation. The gaits, good and faulty action.
Module 2 – Horse Health
Prevention, causes, signs and treatments of minor injuries, sickness and minor ailments, lameness. Temperature, pulse and respiration. When to call the vet – providing the right information. Administering medicines. Worming.
Module 3 – Management and General Handling
Yard routines. Handling young, highly-strung and problem horses. Stable vices. Travelling. Lungeing.
Module 4 – Feeding and Nutrition
Nutrients. Feed values. Rationing for size, type and work level.
Module 5 – Fittening and Competition
Preparing and looking after fit horses. Preparation for showing and competitions – schooling for mental, muscular and gymnastic development. Care at and after a competition. Competition types and rules.
Module 6 – Saddlery
The tack room. Care of tack. Fitting and use of saddlery and bits for young horses, problem horses and competition horses. The double bridle. Exercise bandages. Horse clothing.
Module 7 – Shoeing
The well shod foot. Faulty shoeing. Remedial shoeing, pads and studs.
Module 8 – Yard Design and Grazing Management
Planning a yard. Advantages and disadvantages of types of stabling and stable fittings. Maintaining grazing for daily, year-round use.
Module 9 – General Knowledge
Yard safety rules and fire precautions. Road safety. Accident procedure. The BHS – aims and objectives, benefits of membership, the BHS departments.
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.