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Introduction to horse care

If you spend time around horses, it’s useful to know the basics of horse care and working safely around horses.

  • Last reviewed: 18th July 2022
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This award focuses on building your knowledge of what horses need to help them stay healthy, comfortable and happy. You will also gain the key skills you need to confidently and safely work around horses and the yard.

By completing this award, you will learn about:

  • Health and safety on the yard
  • Horse behaviour and identification
  • Basic welfare needs of the horse
  • How to approach a horse safely
  • How to put on and take off a headcollar
  • How to lead a horse
  • The saddle and bridle
  • Why a horse might wear a rug
  • How to groom a horse

You can further explore all of the topics within this Introduction award in the About the Horse series.

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. 

Find a BHS Accredited Professional

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. 

Find a BHS Approved Centre

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.