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Risk Awareness for Equestrians

Developed by the BHS with equestrian professionals. It outlines the roles and responsibilities towards health and safety, duty of care and risk management by promoting good practice within the industry.

  • Last reviewed: 15th May 2024
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We take the health and safety of coaches, horses, riders, and all involved with horses seriously. When carrying out duties as an equestrian coach, you have a duty of care to safeguard the health and safety of your clients, the horses and anyone else that may be involved.

You will think about risk, and the health of safety of all you work with as soon as you step onto a yard, whether that’s thinking about the weather conditions, the facilities available to you or the behaviour of the horse(s) you are working with. Being risk aware shouldn’t be seen as a limiting factor when planning or carrying out activities, but as making sure that everyone involved can enjoy the activity in a fun, safe environment.

This course has been specifically developed by equestrian professionals for equestrian coaches. It outlines the roles and responsibilities towards health and safety, duty of care and risk management by promoting good practice within the industry. The course will prepare you for building useful risk assessments and logging other important information. If there’s an incident while coaching, this information could help you if an insurance claim is made against you.

Delivered by expert coaches, this online course will be interactive, promoting discussion and bringing relatable real-world scenarios to life. Whether you are experienced, or just starting out in your coaching

You will be able to:

  • Recognise how health and safety impacts your coaching
  • Identify your responsibility for safe coaching
  • Develop your awareness of risk management
  • Build useful risk assessments (specific, generic and dynamic)
  • Manage accidents and follow-up actions
  • Identify your GDPR and biosecurity responsibilities

How is the course delivered?

This is a three hour course. Delivered online ‘live’ by a presenter. It is interactive with opportunities to contribute to discussion. It is delivered by Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Book your course

All bookings close five days before the course date. Please ensure you book well in advance of the date to avoid disappointment.

Booking links

27th June 10am-1pm

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15th July 6pm-9pm

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16th August 10am-1pm

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25th September 10am-1pm

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28th October 6pm-9pm

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21st November 10am-1pm

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9th December 10am-1pm

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This course is free of charge for BHS Accredited Professional Coaches*, Accredited Professional Centre Coaches and proprietors of BHS Approved Centres. Please contact us with your preferred date and APC number and we will book your free place. 

*those that take out the full Accredited Professional Coach package.

Any other delegate - £39.99

Who is the course for?

  • Any coach that works in equine
  • Freelance coaches
  • Coaches within riding schools
  • Trainee coaches
  • Volunteer coaches

CPD points

This course is allocated three CPD point for BHS Accredited Professionals.

This course is also endorsed for CPD for BD coaches.