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First pony guide

In this challenge award you will cover some of the considerations to make before committing to a pony and be introduced to some of the basic skills and knowledge required to look after him.

  • Last reviewed: 18th July 2022
First Pony Guide First Pony Guide

Taking on the responsibility of a pony is a big but very exciting commitment for the whole family.  The award will be delivered in a combination of theory and practical sessions and provide a good foundation for you to progress onto the About the Horse challenge awards where you will focus more on the practical skills.

This award will cover:

  • Potential costs
  • Routine care
  • Handling
  • Routine health
  • Feeding
  • Tack
  • Other equipment
  • Travelling

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How to get involved

Challenge awards are open to anyone who would like to improve their horse knowledge or skills; you do not have to be a BHS member to take part.

If you have your own horse

Courses are delivered by an Accredited Professional Coach. Your coach can come to your livery yard or British Riding Club grounds. 

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If you do not own your own horse

Or you’re not sure if they would be suitable, don’t worry. There are BHS Approved Riding Centres throughout the UK that deliver challenge awards with their facilities and horses.  

You can achieve the challenge awards at your local Approved Centre where they will match you to a horse to ensure your lessons are suitable to your experience. 

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Get in touch

If you want to learn more about the Challenge Awards or if you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.