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Stage 3 - Lunge

The BHS Stage 3 Lunge Unit will assess your ability to lunge a horse to maintain the horse’s way of going. 

  • Last reviewed: 24th February 2023
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What's covered in the unit?

The BHS Stage 3 Lunge Award will assess your ability to lunge a horse to maintain the horse’s way of going.

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Be assessed on handling tack and equipment, which will include a bridle, saddle, side reins, cavesson, lunge line and whip 
  • Be able to assess the horse and discuss its way of going, suggesting and demonstrating exercises to help the horse reach its potential 
  • Apply aids that are suitable to the horse’s level of training and behaviour
What will you be assessed on?

You will be assessed on the following learning outcomes: 

  • Understand how lungeing contributes to a horse’s training 
  • Be able to lunge a horse 

To review the learning outcomes in more detail: download the qualification specification.

How will you be assessed?

Up to a one-hour criteria-based assessment.

Entry requirements
Skills record

Supporting you at every stage, your Skills Record allows you to record your achievements and progression through your career, with pre-assessment sign off criteria and coach endorsements required for career pathways. 

Pre-assessment criteria and coach endorsement for this assessment include: 

  • Ready for assessment form completed – compulsory 

The above must be signed off by an Accredited Professional Coach who is a Stage 4 Coach in Complete Horsemanship or higher. 

Awarding Body

BHS Qualifications (BHSQ) is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, SQA Accreditation in Scotland, Qualifications Wales (QW) and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. BHSQ works in partnership with a variety of organisations to develop and award qualifications for the equestrian industry. This ensures BHSQ qualifications are fit for purpose for the sector. 

As the awarding organisation, BHSQ is responsible for the processes through which learners seek and obtain certification for their achievements. BHSQ is responsible for verifying that assessment practice in approved centres is conducted systematically, effectively, securely and to national standards specified within the qualification. 

The British Horse Society (BHS) is approved as a centre to deliver qualifications regulated by BHSQ. BHSQ and the BHS developed these qualifications in line with feedback received from extensive industry consultation. 

Learners taking BHSQ Level 3 (Stage 3) qualifications will either be seeking employment in the industry or will already be employed with a desire to progress their career by advancing their skills and knowledge. It is essential that these qualifications meet the needs of employers and learners. To satisfy these requirements, the qualifications have been developed in collaboration with employers, colleges, coaches, students, and expert groups. 

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