BHS Stage 1 Preparation Course

BHS Stage 1 Preparation Course in South Africa


This course will prepare you thoroughly for your BHS Stage 1 Horse Knowledge and care exam, the first in the British Horse Society's professional exam series. If you are thinking of starting a career with horses whether it is as a groom, or instructor; freelance, part time or full time, you will need to take this exam.


Course Content
This course is designed to help candidates to prepare for the British Horse Society Stage 1 certificate. To clarify, this course does not give you the qualification, but prepares you for it. On completion of the course, Equine Distance Learning will help and support you to find a date and exam centre at which to take the exam.

Why take your BHS Stage 1?

If you would like a more professional qualification

Students who wish to begin a career working with horses.

If you want to start on the first rung on the ladder towards becoming an

If you would like to become a groom.

The BHS is a renowned world wide organisation and with their qualifications you can get a job anywhere in the world with horses. The course is divided into three units, which can be studied as a whole, or individually.

Unit One: Practical

Safe Handling of Horses and stable management

Grooming - both stabled and field-kept horses

The Foot and Shoeing

Rugs and Rugging

Saddlery application, fitting and the care of saddlery

Unit Two: Practical Oral

Handling horses for treatment and inspection

Mucking out, skipping out and maintaining a muck heap

Bedding, Hay and haynets

Horse Identification

Unit Three: Theory

Health and Safety, accident procedures, riding safely on the road

Horse Health, when to call the vet

Horse Behaviour - the horses lifestyle and instincts in the wild

Grassland Management

Feeding and Watering - types of feed, feed rations for a horse in light work.


The course consists of learning material, learning activities and assessments which will gauge whether you are up to the required industry standard, and whether you are ready to take the Stage 1 exam. Some of the assessments are written, some oral, and some involve taking videos of yourself carrying out certain tasks, or getting a BHS registered instructor to sign off that you can carry out certain practical tasks. Work experience is advisable to practice and re-enforce your knowledge and skills alongside studying for this course.

Course Snapshot

Equine Distance Learning Certification

15 modules

Numerous learning activities

Practical and theoretical assessments

Exam tips and advice

What is included?

Bespoke course material written by industry experts

Unlimited tutorial support

Full support and advice on entering and taking your exam

Exam technique and advice

FREE career advice

Who is this course for?

Students wanting a change in career to work with horses

Students wanting to become an instructor

Students wanting to become a groom; freelance or otherwise.

Students wanting a professional qualification that will be recognised worldwide

Students wanting a BHS Qualification


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