Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate

The Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate (EHKC) qualification is specifically aimed at the first-time horse owner or carer, parents of horse owners or if your child has a keen interest in horses, potential horse owners or anyone else interested in the care and welfare of horses.

The course is suitable for learners of all ages and abilities. However, we recommend a minimum age of 12 years. We are running a Level 1 course. This is a theory based course with a short written exam at the end to gain your Certificate.

The course will run over 6 weeks. The 6 week timescale does not include the examination but should include a short revision or question and answer session.


Week 1  11/12/18 – 6.30-8pm

Week2 18/12/18 – 6.30-8pm

Then have 25th December and 1st January off for Christmas

Week 3 08/01/19 – 6.30-8pm

Week 4 15/01/19 – 6.30-8pm

Week 5 22/01/19 – 6.30-8pm

Week 6 29/01/18 – 6.30-8pm

The Level 1 course covers following:

Points of the horse – knowing your fetlock from your forelock!

Signs of good & poor health – recognise when your horse is off colour or fighting fit!

Horse behaviour – why is a leaf scarier than a tractor?

Feeding & watering – providing a healthy, natural diet wherever possible (no cake! That’s just for you!)

Caring for a horse at grass – yes, they can survive outdoor 24/7!!

Routine health care requirements – pedicures and horse spa treatments!

Rules & requirements for riding horses on the public highway and open country – Be seen! Ride safe!

Buying horses and the costs involved with keeping horses – your purse/wallet will always be empty!!

Reporting equine related accidents and incidents – BHS gather information and use it to lobby parliament to make life safer for horses & their riders in our busy world.

 Payment Details:

The cost of the course if £60 for the full course. Payments can be made online via our online shop, which you can visit via our website or by cash or card prior to the course. There will be a special discounted price available on our online shop.

To book on the course just give us a call on 01427 890802.