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Riding fit

Gain knowledge and understanding to improve your riding and overall health. Find out how to enhance your activity and fitness, nutrition and hydration so you are ready to sit in the saddle in the best way for you, and for your horse.

  • Last reviewed: 11th July 2022
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Bronze Award

You will find out about:

  • The effects of rider fitness on how a horse moves
  • How to align your body on the ground and why this is important for riding
  • Mindful breathing techniques
  • The importance of hydration and good, basic nutrition
  • The importance of understanding mental well-being

Silver Award

By completing this award you will find out:

  • How the core works and how it supports your riding position
  • How to mobilise your hips and shoulders
  • How to minimise lower back pain
  • Improving your symmetry
  • The correct bending technique to avoid injury
  • Looking after your mental health

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.