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BHS Stage 1 Care will provide you with an understanding of the responsibilities of working safely on a stable yard with empathy towards both horses and colleagues.

The award assesses your knowledge and practical skills when carrying out routine tasks, such as mucking out, bedding down and providing food and water. You will be asked to handle horses inside the stable and outdoors, apply and remove rugs, groom, lead a horse in hand and hold a horse for inspection.

You will:

  • Be able to put on and adjust saddles, bridles and boots – as well as be able to clean tack
  • Know how to lead a horse safely in a variety of environments and identify regular field checks
  • Have an awareness for the after work care of a horse and the different rugs they may need
  • Have some understanding of horse behaviour and health and be able to recognise any abnormalities