BHS Stage 1

Maybe you’re new to horse ownership and there’s so much to learn, but don’t know where to start.

Or you’d love to buy your first horse, but worry that you don’t know enough yet. 

Perhaps you lack confidence in your knowledge and want to work with someone you can trust, where you can find support, advice and guidance on best practices for caring for your horse.

You might want to progress through the BHS qualifications, and you’re struggling to find accessible, high quality training to help you prepare and learn everything you need to pass the exam.

It’s so easy to get confused by conflicting advice from yard buddies, product suppliers, and social media, and you worry about every decision and doing the best for your horse; you don’t want to let him/her down!

But I do know that you’re keen to develop a better understanding of how to care for and manage horses.

I can help you. 

My name is Alison Buttery and I’m an experienced, BHS Accredited Professional Senior Coach, and I’ve spent over 10 years as a Senior Lecturer in Equine Science, working with many people to train towards equestrian qualifications, from foundation through to degree levels, alongside British Horse Society exams.

When you join my Stage One Horse Care & Management group coaching programme you will…

  • Know exactly what’s involved in caring for your first horse

  • Feel empowered to make educated decisions about what to feed your horse, and what bedding, rugs, tack and equipment to use and when

  • You’ll feel confident in what checks you should do, to make sure your horse is healthy & happy, and build a better relationship with your horse

  • Be able to assess the condition of your horse’s feet & shoes, so that you can help reduce the risk of problems and lameness

  • Understand how to care properly for both stabled and grass kept horses, while maintaining the highest standards of horse welfare

  • Experience the satisfaction, pride & enjoyment in completing the course, so that you’re excited to progress and learn more

  • Have the confidence to progress through the BHS qualifications if you choose

Yes, you could spend lots of time researching and learning everything you need to know via Google, social media or YouTube, and reading all the books, but when you can access everything you need to know in one place and train with an industry professional, you can have complete confidence that what you are learning is actually right!

So how is this programme different to other online courses? 

  • Access to a trustworthy and knowledgeable trainer – I’m a highly qualified and experienced Stage 4 BHS Accredited Professional Coach, who has spent over 10 years as a Senior Lecturer in Equine Science, teaching up to degree level

  • Step-by-step training to help you develop your knowledge & understanding, so that you are never overfaced

  • Downloadable PDF workbooks, packed with exercises, activities and revision questions to help you consolidate your learning

  • Clear and informative videos to help you learn and develop safe and efficient practical skills in caring for your horse

  • Downloadable PDF hand-outs of each presentation, so you can take notes and refer back to in the future

I’ve worked in the equestrian industry for over 25 years, and I’ve helped hundreds of students through training for their BHS exams. I know that if you follow this programme, join the sessions, get involved and work on developing your depth of knowledge, that you will build your confidence in managing the horses in your care. 

Over the course of 10 weeks, you’ll get to weekly training sessions, where you’ll learn the basics of owning and managing your horse.

Each session will focus the following topics:

  • Week One – Natural and instinctive horse behaviour and handling

  • Week Two – Identification, colours, markings and heights

  • Week Three – Mucking out, bedding and care of the stabled horse

  • Week Four – Types of grooming, equipment, and practical skills
  • Week Five – Care of the grass-kept horse, incl. field checks, poisonous plants and safety
  • Week Six – Rules of feeding & watering horses, types of feed and how to calculate a basic feed ration
  • Week Seven – Parts of the saddle and snaffle bridle, checks for correct fit, tacking up and untacking processes, and how to clean tack effectively, fitting and using brushing boots
  • Week Eight – Types of rugs, their uses and correct fitting
  • Week Nine – Basic structure of the horse’s foot and shoeing / trimming
  • Week Ten – Signs of good and poor health in the horse, routine checks and care, legal responsibilities of the horse owner
  • PLUS Extra bonus training!

The 10 training sessions will be between 1-2 hours in length, and you’ll get a workbook for each module, and get the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. There will also be additional instructional videos, for you to watch in your own time, showing exactly how to carry out the practical activities safely and efficiently.

The course follows the British Horse Society Stage 1 syllabus for Horse Care and Management, and we will cover everything you need to prepare for this exam (if that’s your goal, but it doesn’t have to be!). You can check out the full BHS Stage 1 syllabus HERE.

By completing this course, you will know the basics of caring for and managing horses, so that you can be confident that you are doing everything you can right now, to keep your horse happy and healthy.

All training sessions are pre-recorded, following a previous live delivery of the programme. You will benefit from the questions from people who took part in the training, and learn from the guidance given.

If you have any questions during the programme, then you are very welcome to email me and I will be able to support you.

After being apprehensive about taking part in this course I have found it very enjoyable and extremely informative. I had a very basic knowledge before but feel I have learnt so much. Even something like tying a quick release knot! I commend Alison who has explained every part of the course so clearly and long with showing videos and photographs to help better understanding.
Joyce W.,

I joined the course in order to refresh my skills in knowledge in preparation for buying my own horse. I now feel confident that I can provide the care that my horse needs. I also have a valuable resource bank of materials of workbooks and videos I can refer back to at any time. Thank you Alison for delivering an informative and enjoyable course.

Laura S.,

Join this programme today, and you’ll learn the basics of horse care & management, so that you can offer the very best home for your horse, build a great relationship and go out and have lots of fun together!

Your next steps:

Step One – Select your preferred payment method below

Step Two – Enter your info and card details

Step Three – Click on ‘Submit’

Step Four – You’ll see a ‘Thank you’ page to confirm your payment, You will be able to access both the Introduction and first module as soon as you log in.

If you want to fill in the gaps in your knowledge, start working towards your BHS exams, or simply build your confidence as a horse owner, then this programme is just for you!

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BONUS TRAINING – Equine Learning Theory Workshop

With so many different ways to train horses, from traditional methods to Clicker Training, Monty Roberts, TRT, Parelli and a wide range of other techniques, wouldn’t it be great to understand exactly how horses learn?

In this one-off workshop, you’ll learn the principles of equine learning theory, so that you can start to understand not only how your horse learns, but to also improve how you manage and communicate with your horse, and develop a better partnership together.

Stage One Horse Care & Management Programme

An online, self-study programme where you’ll learn the correct principles of horse management, so that you can provide the very best care for your horse, and keep him (or her!) healthy & happy.

  • 10 weeks online training

  • Step-by-step, engaging training sessions

  • Downloadable workbooks for each module

  • Exclusive practical, instructional videos for practical activities

  • Access to a highly qualified and experienced Coach

  • A safe place to ask for support or guidance

BHS Stage One Horse Care & Management

£167Single payment
  • Exclusive BONUS TRAINING – Equine Learning Theory Workshop
  • Core principles of basic horse care & management covered
  • 10 modules to cover the BHS Stage One syllabus
  • Downloadable, printable workbooks
  • Practical videos showing key techniqiues

So for less than £17 per training session, you can learn the principles of horse care and management from the comfort of your own home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to own a horse to take part in this programme?

No! This programme is open to everyone, whether you ride regularly at a riding school, help with a friend’s horse, whether you’re a student at college, returning to horse ownership after a break, or thinking about buying your first horse.

I’m not very good with technology, and I’m worried that I won’t know how to access the course!

The whole programme is available on the website, and you’ll be sent step-by-step instructions on how to log in and access the resources.

What if I change my mind?

If for any reason you think the programme is not for you, or you change your mind, then I offer a 7-day money-back guarantee from the point of payment.

I don’t live in the UK, will this programme help me?

Yes absolutely! The principles of good horse management and care can (and should!) be applied anywhere, and will time differences might mean that you can’t always access the live sessions, you can certainly use the recordings to boost your learning.

Do I have to be a member of the British Horse Society to do this programme?

No! This training is open to anyone of any age (although it’s probably most appropriate for children aged 12 or above)

Does this programme include the exam?

No, the BHS Stage 1 Horse Care & Management exam/qualification is not part of this programme, but we will cover everything you need to know in order to prepare and train to take the exam.

Do I have to take the BHS Stage 1 Horse Care & Management exam?

No, absolutely not! This programme is to help you get a clear understanding of the basics of caring for and managing horses, and it’s entirely up to you whether you decide to take the exam or not, there’s no pressure at all.

Does this programme also include training towards the ridden sections of the BHS qualifications?

No, there is no riding training included in this programme.

What if I love the programme and want to progress?

I will be offering a Stage Two Horse Care & Management group coaching programme a little later in the year, so that would be a natural progression!

I’m not sure whether this programme is for me right now, what should I do?

Simply email me with your questions or concerns, and I’ll be delighted to help you decide whether it is for you or not. It’s really important to me that the right people join and take part in this programme, so please do get in touch. There won’t be any pressure to join or awkward sales pitch, and you’ll get a feel for whether you’d like to work with me or not.