About the course

When it comes to horse health, prevention is better than cure. Horses are not able to tell anyone if they are unwell, they have to rely on you picking up on any signs of illness or injury and reacting accordingly to prevent them from becoming worse.

This BHS Challenge Award in Horse Health aims to give you the knowledge, understanding and confidence to identify and to deal with illnesses and injuries that a horse might present. It will provide you with all the information you need to help keep a horse in good health.

This comprehensive Horse Health course is accredited by the British Horse Society, and you will receive a certificate from them on completion.

Course Content

By studying this course you will learn about the following:

  • Routine Health Checks
  • Routine Health Care and Disease Prevention
  • The First Aid Kit
  • When to Call the Vet
  • Wounds Care
  • How to Identify Lameness
  • Common Health Conditions
  • Bandaging
  • Basic Treatments

Who is this course suitable for?

This award is open to anyone who would like to improve their horse knowledge or skills, from beginner to a more experienced horse owner/rider.

  • Horse Owners.
  • Potential Horse owners.
  • Students thinking of beginning a career in horses.
  • Students who ride on a weekend and would like to know about the care of horses as well as riding
  • Children who are being home educated.
  • Parents of ‘horse loving’ children.

Course Snapshot

What is included in the course?

Bespoke course material written by a BHS Level 4 Senior Coach and Equine Lecturer.

A BHS Challenge Award Horse Health Booklet for additional reading.

A workbook that you complete as you work through the course.

A combination of written content, downloadable leaflets, video lectures and demonstrations, learning activities and quizzes to test your knowledge.

Unlimited dedicated tutor support: online email support to help answer any questions that you may have whilst you are studying the course.

Opportunity to liaise with other students for support.

A Horse Health Record document to fill in and keep to monitor your own horses health.

ALL course costs are included: everything you need to know to pass this course is included in your course material as is the cost of your certification.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome and Introduction
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  Module One - Routine Health Checks
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  Module Two - Routine Health Care and Disease Prevention
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  Module Three - The First Aid Kit
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  Module Four - Wounds
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  Module Five - Basic Treatments and Procedures
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  Module Six - Limb and Hoof Conditions
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  Module Seven - Ailments and Illnesses
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  Module Eight - When to Call the Vet
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  Assessment and Completion of the Course
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Course Tutor: Sarah Tame

This course is written by Sarah Tame, BHSQ Level 4 Senior Coach, MSc Equine Science, NLP Master Practitioner has trained numerous students up to Pony Club A test and BHS Stage 4 level. Sarah has 8 years experience of lecturing at an Equine College where she has acquired valuable skills in writing courses, assessments and in helping students to achieve. Sarah founded Equine Distance Learning in 2010 and her City and Guilds Level 5 Certificate in Further Education also guarantees you will receive high quality teaching material.

Sarah has used her practical experience, her British Horse Society and academic education and research skills to deliver this course in a bitesize and easy to follow format

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now! As soon as you have enrolled you have access to the course and can start straight away. 

What happens after I have enrolled?

You will have immediate access to the course material and can begin to study the course straight away! You will also be sent a BHS Challenge Award workbook to complement the online material.

How does studying via distance learning work?

Once you have enrolled on the course, you can begin steadily working through the modules completing the learning activities as you progress. You work at your own pace fitting in your studies around your personal commitments. You then send your completed workbook to your tutor for marking and feedback.

How is the course examined?

You will not take an exam for this course. You need to complete a BHS Challenge Award workbook as you progress through the course which will then be sent to us for marking.

What happens if I have any questions about the course?

When you enrol on the course we will allocate you a tutor - you can contact your tutor as little or as often as you need to. If you have any questions at any stage we will be here to support you and offer guidance.

Are there any other costs associated with the course?

There are no further costs associated with this course - everything you need to pass the course is included in the fee you pay when you enrol. The cost of this course also includes the BHS Challenge Award workbook that will be posted to you. 

What will I receive on successful completion of the course?

You will receive a Certificate from the British Horse Society. You will also receive your marked workbook that you can keep and refer to for future reference.

Can international students study this course?

YES! All of our courses are designed to be studied anywhere in the world and we have many international students studying with us.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.