These awards will give you the confidence to lunge your horse safely and effectively.
You will find out about:
- I can give reasons for lungeing a horse
- I can list the equipment required to lunge a horse
- I can tack up for lungeing
- I can lead a horse in preparation for lungeing
- I can coil the lunge line
- I can change the whip over
- I can untack the horse after lungeing
- I can check a lunge area for safety
- I can lunge a horse safely in walk and trot (without side reins)
a) safe handling of the equipment
b) using appropriate aids
c) showing upwards and downwards transitions
d) using appropriate sized circles
e) showing changes of rein
- I can give reasons for using side reins
- I can fit side reins
- I can check the equipment and arena before lungeing
- I can lunge a horse for exercise in walk and trot under supervision, including:
a) warm up and cool down (without side reins)
b) attaching the side reins at a suitable point
c) adjusting the side reins if necessary
d) walk and trot transitions
e) smooth changes of rein
f) working the horse actively in both paces
- I can describe when a horse is actively working on the lunge in:
- I can describe some potential issues with cantering on the lunge and suggest
ways to correct them
- I can demonstrate an appropriate lungeing session for my horse including:
a) safe handling of the equipment
b) warm up and cool down
c) working in walk, trot and canter
d) use of side reins
e) changes of rein
f) suitable exercises
g) appropriate sized circles
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to riding
Learning to ride is hugely rewarding as you find yourself able to build a bond and relationship with your horse as you ride. We look forward to helping you take your first steps.
Gain knowledge and understanding to improve your riding and overall health.
Working through this series of awards will develop your flatwork skills, improve your position and help you ride with confidence. Learning the basics of riding on the flat is essential to any riding discipline.
Horse Care Awards
Working through the workbooks will give you a great introduction to the essential knowledge needed to enjoy and stay safe around horses. This theory will also help prepare you to care for a horse and develop your practical skills in other Challenge Awards.
Introduction to horse care
This award focuses on building your knowledge of what horses need to help them stay healthy, comfortable and happy.
Knowing your horse
This award series focuses on building your understanding of basic horse anatomy, feeding needs and evaluating a horse’s health and condition. You can then use this knowledge to inform how you exercise and care for a horse.
Caring for your horse
Through these awards, you will gain essential skills and knowledge around horse care, horse behaviour, stable and field care, using and fitting rugs, and grooming.
Handling your horse
These awards focus on developing your skills and knowledge to be able to enjoy your time on the yard being conscious of your safety and that of others on the yard too.
Lungeing your horse
Lungeing will add variation to your horse’s exercise and is a great way to build a trusting relationship with your horse.
This award focuses on building your skills and knowledge in monitoring horses’ health, preventing health issues, and responding to any health concerns that arise.
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.