The award is designed to build your confidence handling and working around horses. You don’t need any previous experience riding or handling horses to begin this award – your coach will guide you every step of the way. Your coach will support you to gain the foundation skills essential for your safety around horses so you can enjoy your time spent on the yard. All of the topics within the introduction award are explored in further detail in the About the Horse series.
By completing this award you will learn about:
- Good practice when on the yard
- How to approach a horse safely
- How to put on and take off a headcollar
- How to lead a horse
- Basic welfare needs of the horse
- The saddle and bridle
- Why a horse might wear a rug
- How to groom a horse
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.