BHS Training Online over Zoom

These classes are aimed at horse owners and to help those who wish to pursue a career in the Equine Industry. Giving guidance, sample Q&As for those taking the BHS Assessments Stage 2 & 3. Mondays 7.30pm – 9pm

16-Oct  Feeding: Feeding a horse in different levels of work and special cases e.g. young, old, or sick horses. Keeping horses and ponies through the seasons stabled and at grass. How to make up a simple feed chart.

23-Oct Health & Welfare: Recognise when a horse is off colour or is not sound and should not be worked. Treatment of minor wounds and basic nursing. When to call the Vet. Understand the importance of regular worming, the inspection and care of the horses’ teeth and keeping health records.

6-Nov Anatomy: Thorough knowledge of the points of the horse, and the horse’s skeletal frame. The basic outline of the digestive system. The basic structure of the horses’ foot and its function. The position of the main internal organs in the horse.

13-Nov Tack & Rugging Up: Uses and fitting of rugs and blankets. Bandaging for warmth, protection and simple veterinary purposes. Washing & Storage or rugs and blankets. Principles of biting. Daily cleaning and care of all saddlery. Fitting lunging equipment, various types of boots, breastplates and martingales. Inspection of horses for injury from ill fitting saddles, bridles, boots etc.

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BHS Challenge Awards Training and Assessment

Where: Balcultry Stables EC, Swords Co Dublin.

Starts: Wednesday 4th October 2023 7pm -9pm. 2hrs over 4 weeks. (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th October)

Covers: BHS Silver CA The Care Section Caring, Knowing and Handing Horses.

Training Fee: €200 Handouts and reading materials included.

Assessment: (Optional and extra cost) 3 awards and booklets in the Care Section. Saturday 11th November am.

These BHS Silver Awards will grant you direct entry to BHS Stage 2 on completion. There are 8 subjects/topics and are equal topics in the BHS Stage 1 and more. The training will cover the contents of the Bronze and Silver Awards.
Entry Requirements: A good understanding of horses is required; Riding sections you should be competent in trot, canter and jumping. Silver awards are recommended for over 13 years of age. Please read the Challenge Awards Learning Outcome document.

Please fill out the booking form and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

Booking form; Enquiries to Catriona at Balcultry Stables EC text 086 052 8313 or email