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Skills for the industry

If you have a passion for horses, an equine career is often the ultimate goal - after all, who wouldn't want to work in a rewarding industry rich with extraordinary experiences?

  • Last reviewed: 20th October 2022
Skills For The Industry Skills For The Industry

With so many varied roles available it can be difficult to choose the right career to suit your aspiration. However, whatever career you decide to pursue, your employer will want to know you have the potential to succeed. They won’t expect you to have all the necessary skills straight away, particularly if you’re just beginning your career, but there are some essential requirements, such as punctuality and organisation, that you’ll be expected to possess, regardless of your chosen career path.  

Enthusiasm & motivation 

An employer will want to know that you’re passionate about the job you’re applying for, that you’ll work hard for your money, are self-motivated and proactive. 

Any qualifications you can achieve outside of the usual academic route are a huge bonus to add to your CV. Gain BHS qualifications and you’ll show that you’re aware of current industry requirements, and that you’ve been proactive in sourcing and achieving these. Vocational qualifications highlight your motivation and determination. 

All of the skills listed here, plus many others such as commitment, reliability, teamwork and problem-solving skills can all be demonstrated through the BHS Career Pathway qualifications. 

Organisation & self-management

A number of skills can be grouped under this topic but generally these include punctuality, your ability to manage your workload and prioritise, working well under pressure and time management skills. These skills are essential to employers as they demonstrate that you can take responsibility for your own work, be trusted and left unsupervised to complete tasks. 

As our qualifications are vocational there’s an element of time management with all tasks asked of you on the day. You‘ll need to demonstrate that you can work through a series of tasks from a briefing given by an assessor. Gaining a qualification, particularly a timed practical assessment where you’re observed by an assessor, will demonstrate your ability to work under pressure. 

Communication skills

There’s so much more to this than simply your ability to communicate. You also need to prove how well you listen to others, put your ideas across, build a rapport and negotiate with people. Even if you choose to work primarily with animals, you must be able to communicate with other people and work well in a team. 

Our BHS assessments are discussion based and will prove your ability to listen, question and discuss your answers with an assessor. BHS coaching qualifications that are Stage 2 or above will also demonstrate your ability to communicate with a group of people, and be able to adapt your communication style depending on the age, learning styles and ability of different riders.


This will demonstrate your ability to recover from setbacks. An employer will want to hire someone who can bounce back and can be flexible in their approach. Being able to take on board feedback and your attitude to improve is important to employers. 

As you know, horses are unpredictable animals, so you’ll have many examples of when things didn’t quite go to plan during your training or assessment. An employer won’t necessarily be interested in what exactly went wrong but they will want to know how you dealt with it; your attitude, what you learnt from the event and how you improved for next time.