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Handling your horse

This award focuses on developing your skills and knowledge to be able to work on the yard and handle horses with confidence.

  • Last reviewed: 3rd July 2023
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Bronze Award

You will find out about:
  • How to work safely on a yard
  • How your behaviour or actions could affect your horse
  • How to put a headcollar on and tie up your horse
  • How to lead your horse
  • How to clean your tack

Silver Award

You will learn about:
  • The fire and accident procedures in place at your yard
  • How to hold your horse for treatment and trot up for inspection
  • How to turn out and catch your horse in a field
  • How to check your tack fits comfortably
  • Why and how to use brushing boots and overreach boots

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. 

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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 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. 

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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.