Course Information

Who is the course for?

  • This course is for anyone wanting to improve their equine knowledge.
  • Potential or current horse riders and owners
  • Parents of horse riders and owners

What does the course involve?

  • Basic principles of health, safety and welfare when on a yard
  • Points of a horse
  • Signs of good and ill health in a horse and understanding basic horse behaviour and welfare
  • How to feed and water a horse
  • How to keep a horse in a safe grazing environment
  • Care requirements for a horse to prevent ill health
  • Rules for riding a horse on the public highway
  • Buying a horse; factors to consider, why a horse should be vetted
  • Costs involved with keeping a horse
  • Reporting of equestrian incidents

What makes this course special?

The course will be delivered at the College's fully equipped Equestrian Centre. This ‘classroom’ based certificate will teach you the principles of caring for horses. No practical or ridden work or experience is necessary to take part. Teaching will be done by our BHS qualified instructors. Course costs include all training and examination with no extra charge for final certification.

Entry Requirements

An interest in horses.

What are the assessment methods?

At the end of the training there is a written exam paper which is completed in exam conditions.

How long is the course?

This course will run for 5 weeks and will be in the evening.

What are the progression options?

Once students have successfully completed the BHS EKHC, they can progress on to the BHS Progressive Riding Test training course.

The Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate also counts as one care unit within BHS Stage 1, should they wish to continue learning and developing their knowledge further.

Further Information