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Horse care courses, stable management lessons and equestrian workshops

There is more to horses than just riding and, for those who want to learn more, our knowledgeable and enthusiastic team of instructors will be delighted to teach you.   Perhaps you are considering horse ownership or you just want to know a bit more about what is involved in the care of horses?  You may just want to learn the basics, such as putting on a bridle, or maybe you want to take your British Horse Society exams? In either case, we offer something to suit you.

Wimbledon Village Stables is a fully-accredited British Horse Society Approved Training Centre so you can be guaranteed that you will be offered the best possible training in all aspects of horse care and our experienced and friendly team will ensure that it is an interesting and enjoyable experience.

We offer one-hour workshops on key topics and we also have evening courses which are held during term-times, full details of which are outlined below.  All our courses are available to Members and non-members.  The sessions are relaxed and non-pressured and the groups are small and everyone is made to feel welcome.  Please bring something on which to make notes and, for practical sessions, wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

If you require more personalised or intensive instruction, or if you just prefer to learn on a one-to-one basis, we can offer Private Horse Care and Stable Management Lessons from Tuesday through to Sunday (including evenings). These are £30 an hour for Members (£40 for Non-members).

Workshops: All you need to know about…

Throughout the year we hold Horse Care Workshops which are of particular interest to recreational riders as they cover topics which every horse rider needs to know – such as grooming, tacking up etc. They are designed to help participants become more confident and knowledgeable around horses and caring for horses.  You do not need to have any previous experience and they are suitable for all levels of interest and aspiration.

Each of the workshops are repeated several times during the year and they are so popular that many people do them more than once!  Keep an eye on the What’s On page to see dates and times when they are coming up.

show09-212Getting Your Horse Ready To Ride

This essential session will teach you everything you need to know in order to get your horse ready for the off. From the easiest way to carry tack, to the best way to approach a stabled horse. From how to safely remove rugs, to the correct way to put on both saddle and bridle and, ultimately, lead your horse to the mounting block. We will also show you exactly what to do after riding in order to leave your horse comfortable in the stable. Following practical demonstrations you will have the opportunity to practice techniques individually. Literature summarising techniques and practices will be available to take home and use as reference.

Date & time Duration Price
See What’s On page 1 hour Members: Free
Non-members: £30

Sunday-001Grooming & Basic Health Indicators

Grooming time is the perfect time to take note of a horse’s basic health and how he is feeling, so this session covers everything you need to know in order give your horse a relaxing and invigorating grooming session, and recognise any signs that your horse may not be feeling 100%. Become familiar with the many different brushes and tools available, learn how to pick out feet and wash a tail, and generally discover how to keep your horse looking immaculate. Practical demonstrations will be followed by the opportunity for clients to try everything for themselves. Literature summarising techniques and practices will be available to take home and use as reference.

Date & time Duration Price
See What’s On page 1 hour Members: Free
Non-members: £30

Sunday-136 (1)Feeding & Basic Stable Management

Discover the fundamental principles of feeding; learn the basics of analysing type, weight and energy requirements in order to discover how much and how often to feed both concentrates (hard feed such as mixes and nuts) and fibre (hay, haylage and grass). We will also cover essential stable management such as the type of bedding to choose, how to care for the chosen bed and how to keep the horses’ environment clean and healthy. Literature summarising techniques and practices will be available to take home and use as reference.

Date & time Duration Price
See What’s On page 1 hour Members: Free
Non-members: £30

Horse-care-Dora-1Horse Psychology

Horses do not think like humans and their first basic thought is for their own safety and wellbeing. A horse’s motto is act first and think later. This is how they have survived over the years. In order to understand a little more about what makes horses ‘tick’ we need to look at the history of their relationship with people. Sign up to this very informative course to learn more.  Literature summarising techniques and practices will be available to take home and use as reference.

Date & time Duration Price
See What’s On page 1 hour Members: Free
Non-members: £30

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHorse Ownership

Have you ever thought about buying a horse but would like to know more about what’s involved in horse ownership? This incredibly informative course has been created for all those who have thought about buying a horse but would really like to know more about what’s practically involved before making a decision. This session will, through talks and practical demonstrations, impart all the basics of horse ownership along with the implications and responsibilities of becoming a horse owner. Literature summarising techniques and practices will be available to take home and use as reference.

Date & time Duration Price
See What’s On page 1 hour Members: Free
Non-members: £30
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British Horse Society Horse Knowledge & Care

BHS Stage I and II Horse Knowledge and Care Courses provide a complete and correct grounding in stable management and are a great way of improving your equine skills and knowledge. They are more in-depth than the Horse Owners Levels 1-4 and include more practical sessions. You do not need to be a BHS Member to participate, nor do you need to take an exam at the end.

For further information on the BHS Stages and a full syllabus please refer to the BHS website. Taking the BHS exams enables you to gain recognized qualifications from the UK’s leading body responsible for maintaining standards in equine tuition.

Picking-out-feet Stage I – Horse Knowledge and Care

The Stage 1 Course will aid horse owners in learning all aspects of caring for their own horse.  Working under supervision, you will learn the basic knowledge and practice required to look after a well-mannered horse in the stable and at grass. The Course consists of a lesson one evening a week for ten consecutive weeks (with one week break in the middle).  You do not need to take the exam but if you do you will need to be a Member of the BHS and be at least 14 years old.  The BHS Stage 1 is the first level on the BHS career ladder. See BHS website for further information and for Exam dates and venues. You do not need to be a horse owner to join this course!

Recommended Reading List: BHS Stage 1 Complete Training Manual, BHS Stage 1 Official Workbook Books and DVDs are available to buy from the BHS bookshop.

Start date Day Time Duration Price
14th September 2017 Thursday 7.00 – 8.30pm 10 weeks Members: £250
Non-members: £300

Horse-care-Lunge-lessons-1 (1) Stage II – Horse Knowledge and Care

The Stage 2 Course will provide you with competencies to apply general principles for the management of horses’ health and well being.  You will learn how to care for stabled and grass-kept horses during all seasons of the year.   The Course consists of a lesson one evening a week for ten consecutive weeks (with one week break in the middle).   If you want to take the exam you must be at least 16 years old and have completed BHS Stage 1.  See BHS website for further information and for Exam dates and venues. You do not need to be a horse owner to join this course!

Recommended Reading List: BHS Stage 2 Complete Training Manual, BHS Stage 2 Official Workbook Books and DVDs are available to buy from the BHS bookshop.

Start date Day Time Duration Price
13th September 2017 Wednesday 7.00 – 8.30pm 10 weeks Members: £250
Non-members: £300

how to join the BHS

Join the BHS

The British Horse Society is a charity which provides welfare services to horses and advice for owners. They campaign and lobby for key equestrian issues on behalf of all horses and riders and offer the world’s leading equestrian qualifications and approvals system.

The British Horse Society Welfare Department have numerous leaflets and guides on the welfare and care of horses and ponies.

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“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”
Sir Winston Churchill