- I can describe the horse’s natural behaviours and instincts
- I can describe a horse’s vision and how thismay affect his behaviour
- 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
- 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
- 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
- I can muck out a stable
- I can stack a muck heap
- 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.
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.
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.
Introduction to Riding
Learning to ride is hugely rewarding as you find yourself able to control and guide your horse. We look forward to helping you take your first steps.
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.
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
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.