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When it comes to horse health, prevention is better than cure. Horses are not able to tell anyone if they are unwell, they have to rely on you picking up on any signs of illness or injury and reacting accordingly to prevent them from becoming worse.

By completing this award you will learn about:

  • Routine health checks
  • When to call a vet
  • Wounds
  • How to identifying lameness
  • Common health conditions
  • Bandaging
  • Basic treatments

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This award is 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 challenge awards with their facilities and horses. 

You can achieve the challenge 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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If you want to learn more about the Challenge 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.

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