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Stage 1 - Care

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. 

  • Last reviewed: 10th October 2022
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What’s covered in the unit?

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. 

After completing the unit, 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  
  • Be able to carry out routine stable management and horse care tasks including mucking out and grooming 
Entry requirements
What will you be assessed on?

You will be assessed on the following learning outcomes: 

  • Know about the responsibilities of working on the stable yard 
  • Be able to maintain a clean stable 
  • Be able to carry out routine grooming tasks 
  • Be able to describe horses and know about horse behaviour and health 
  • Be able to use rugs appropriately 
  • Be able to tack up and un-tack 
  • Be able to handle a horse 
  • Be able to feed and water a horse

Download the qualification specification to review the learning outcomes in more detail.

How will you be assessed?

Up to two-hours criteria-based assessment 

Skills record

Supporting you at every stage, your Skills Record allows you to record your achievements and progression through your career, with pre-assessment sign off criteria required for career pathways. 

Pre-assessment criteria for this assessment include: 

  • Ready for assessment form completed – recommended  

The above must be completed by a BHS Accredited Professional Coach or Coaches in a BHS Approved Centre. 

  • View the fees for assessments organised by the BHS in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
  • For our international assessments, please contact us.

All applicants are encouraged to undertake practical training at a BHS Approved Centre or with a BHS Accredited Professional Coach to make sure you are ready for your assessment.

Booking your assessment

Find an assessment near you and then contact the Education team to book.

Please remember to book in plenty of time. Bookings will close two weeks before the assessment date.

We will always do our best to accommodate your preference for an assessment. However, the venue and date are not confirmed until payment is taken and you have received your written confirmation.

Re-sitting your assessment

If you have been unsuccessful on your first assessment, we encourage you to call us to book a re-sit.

Of course, we will also answer any questions you may have and provide you with feedback at this stage. You may have been successful against some, but not all of the assessment criteria, in which case we can just assess you on the sections on which you were not so strong.

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