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Caring for your horse

Enhance your special relationship with horses. Understand the best way to keep them in a healthy condition by developing your grooming skills and knowledge of horse psychology.

  • Last reviewed: 19th July 2022
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Bronze Award
By completing this award, you will Learn:


  • I can describe the horse’s natural behaviours and instincts
  • I can describe a horse’s vision and how thismay affect his behaviour

Stable Care

  • I can list different types of bedding
  • I can skip out a stable and tidy the bed
  • I can clean and refill a water bucket or water drinker

Field Care

  • I can give reasons to support regular turnout
  • I can describe suitable fencing for field boundaries
  • I can carry out routine daily field checks


  • I can identify and describe types of rug and their use
  • I can put on and take off a rug


  • I can describe the benefits for grooming horses
  • I can explain the use of the items in a grooming kit
  • I can groom a horse
  • I can care for a horse after exercise
Silver Award
By completing this award, you will Learn:


  • I can identify and interpret body language and facial expressions
  • I can describe a horse’s behaviour that may indicate it is not safe to enter a stable

Stable Care

  • I can muck out a stable
  • I can stack a muck heap

Field Care

  • I can describe poisonous plants and trees
  • I know how to provide hay to field kept horses


  • I can check the fit of a rug
  • I can explain why a rug should fit correctly


  • I can groom a rugged horse
  • I can plait a mane over to encourage it to lie flat
  • I can wash a horse’s tail
  • I can trim a horse’s tail

How to get involved

Horse Explorers 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 Horse Explorers awards with their facilities and horses.  

You can achieve the Horse Explorers 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 Horse Explorers 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.