BHS Horse Care, Riding and Teaching
We offer a full range of BHS courses. These combine practical and
theoretical learning and are designed to give horse owners and
enthusiasts a thorough grounding in horse knowledge and equitation.
There are exams related to each “Stage” but these are optional. We
find that many people simply want to learn how to care for and/or ride
horses “the right way”.
The three ”Stages” exams form the basis of the first level of British
Horse Society Instructor Qualification - the “AI”.
Stage 2 Horse Knowledge & Care
This follows on from Stage 1 but covers new topics as well as going
into more depth on such topics as feeding, saddlery and health.
Stage 2 Horse Care tuition can be done as a four Unit evening
course or on a weekday privately.
The four Units are:
Unit 1 Grooming, plaiting, tack and equipment
Unit 2 Health, anatomy, feeding and fittening
Unit 3 Shoeing, clipping, trimming, stabling and grassland
Unit 4 Lungeing
The complete course can be paid for in advance or each Unit can be
paid for individually at a slightly higher rate.
BHS Stage 2 Riding
Private lessons are available at the usual price. These can include
lungeing. Training with our students can also be arranged on some
weekdays (between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.). Contact us for more
details, if interested.
BHS Stage 3 Horse Knowledge & Care
Tuition is usually delivered one to one or alongside our vocational
students (weekdays only).
BHS Preliminary Teaching Test
Training is taken by Mary Stitson, BHSII and Stable Manager.
Sessions are one-to-one and take place on a weekday.
BHS Stage 4
Training is taken by Mary Stitson, BHS Stable Manager. Sessions
are one-to-one and take place on a weekday.
Stage 1 Horse Knowledge & Care
This course is highly recommended for horse owners, potential
horse owners and anyone considering a career in the equine
This course consists of theory and practical elements. The topics
Unit 1 Handling, grooming and tack
Unit 2 Daily care and horse clothing
Unit 3 Health and nutrition
It is run twice a year as a twelve week evening course from 7.00 to
8.30 pm. The next course will start in mid-September.
The course can also be done on a one-to-one basis by attending on
a weekday, between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm. Payment is per session
and not for the whole course. If you are interested, please phone the
office on 01782 505664 or send an email with details of your
experience with horses and phone number.
Stage 1 riding lessons can also be booked at a slightly discounted
rate if booked alongside the stable management sessions
BHS Stage 1 Riding
Hour group lessons are arranged as and when required by students
and cost £31.00 per rider (max of 4 riders).
Alternatively, riders can train one to one at our normal price.
The following horse care courses have been devised by us in
response to requests from clients. They cater for both beginners and
experienced horse owners. All the courses under this heading
include practical elements. They are run informally in small groups
with opportunity for questions and discussion.
Essential Horse Care Level 1
A ‘hands on’ originally developed for potential horse owners but also
recommended for new owners of a horse or pony who are hungry for
more knowledge about health, horse behaviour, equipment, etc. No
Essential Horse Care Level 2
A follow-up six week course and optional test for those who wish to
deepen their knowledge and build up their practical experience.
This course runs after Level 1 on request.
Essential Horse Care Level 3
There is a third six-week course which is mainly practical and will
bring those who attend up to the level of the BHS Stage 1 Horse
Knowledge and Care exam.
Prices - Courses
BHS Horse Care Courses
|Progressive Riding Tests (Equivalent to Stage 1 Exam)
|Essential Horse Care
| Essential Horse Care Level 1
| Essential Horse Care Level 2
| Essential Horse Care Level 3
Stage 3 Horse Care: £31.00 per hour
with 10% discount for longer than one hour
10% discount for sessions of more than one hour (may include a ride
|Stage 1 Horse Care
| Complete Course
|| £150.00 (paid in advance)
| Unit 1
|| £55.00 (paid in advance)
| Unit 2
|| £55.00 (paid on week 4 of the course)
| Unit 3
|| £55.00 (paid on week 8 of the course)
|One- to-one tuition on a weekday: £16.00 per hour with 10% discount for sessions of more than one hour.
|Stage 2 Horse Care
| Complete Course
|| £240.00 (paid in advance)
| Unit 1
|| £65.00 (paid in advance)
| Unit 2
|| £65.00 (paid on week 4 of the course)
| Unit 3
|| £65.00 (paid on week 8 of the course)
| Unit 4
|| £65.00 (paid on week 12 of the course)
|One- to-one tuition on a weekday: £19.00 per hour with 10% discount for sessions of more than one hour.
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