BDS LEVEL 3 Driving and Working with Harness Horses
This includes the BDS Level 3 Road Safety Certificate for Driving Single Horses on the Public Highway.
In order to achieve this Qualification you must achieve a minimum of 62 Credits from the Units which make up the qualification. The Qualification is divided into two main Groups
Group 1 Horse Care and Stable Management Units
7 mandatory Units relating to routine horse care and stable management. Total Credit Value : 24
Group 2 Harness Horse Specific Units
6 mandatory Units relating to preparing horses, vehicles and harness for driving, harnessing up, putting-to, driving the horse and making effective use of Harness Horse Grooms and any other assistants. Total Credit Value: 38
You will need to complete a Portfolio, which includes a Diary of your activities in driving and working with harness horses over a 6 month period and Evidence Certificates, for which you will need the BDS Level 3 Workbook for the Harness Horse Groom ( available from the BDS Office at £30).
Scroll down the page to see Unit titles and summaries of the requirements for each Unit.
GROUP 1 HORSE CARE &
STABLE MANAGEMENT UNIT SUMMARIES
Unit A/600/3797 - Credit value: 2
Monitor and Maintain Stocks of Feed and Bedding
Check and re-order stocks as necessary; understand stocking levels; receive, check quantify and quality and store stocks correctly; recognise poor quality stocks, deterioration and contamination; managing stock levels according to seasons, weather, availability and cost.
Unit M/600/4896 – Credit Value: 5
Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses
Plan diets for horses according to age, fitness, body weight and work required; special dietary requirements; adapt rations for high, medium and low levels of work and fitness; function of the digestive system; effect of diet on temperament and performance; diets for horses on enforced box rest
Unit T/600/3801 – Credit Value : 8
Promote the health and well-being of horses
Assess health of horses; take and record temperature, pulse and respiration; normal and abnormal signs of horse health; first aid procedures; signs of ill health and injury; emergency action; handling horse for veterinary and farriery inspection and treatment; isolation and bio-security; describe conformation, anatomy, muscular, skeletal, digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems of the horse and relate to health, well-being, and performance. Preventing sickness and injury; planning euthanasia. Understanding risks to self, others and the horse.
Unit M/601/8846 – Credit Value: 3
Be responsible for cleaning, grooming and preparing harness horses for public use
Prepare harness horses to a good standard for public exhibition, and know how to instruct and supervise assistants; understand standards required for various events
Unit F/601/7345 – Credit Value: 3
Care for a harness horse after use
Assess condition of horse after use; remove harness marks, sweat, mud, etc, as appropriate, according to weather/temperature, coat thickness, condition of the horse; ensure horse is made comfortable after use
UNIT J/600/8517 – Credit Value: 3
Manage horses when turned out
Check land, boundaries, gates and shelter; ensure grazing and water supply is adequate and suitable for the horses and length of time they will be turned out; prepare, turn out, catch and bring horses safely, maintaining control at all times; importance of checking horses, quantity and quality of grazing, water supply, and boundaries regularly; potential hazards; introducing new horse to established group; understanding behaviour of turned-out horses.
GROUP 2 – DRIVING AND
WORKING WITH SINGLE HARNESS HORSES. UNIT SUMMARIES.
UNIT A/600/4898 – Credit Value: 4
Contribute to the design and implementation of a work programme for horses
Assess physical and temperamental condition of horses before exercise; identify individual exercise needs; plan a work programme to promote and maintain fitness for individual horses; implement, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the work programme for each horse; understand the objectives of the work programme; understand how to revise work programme; instruct and supervise others involved in implementing work programme; understand and minimise risks.
UNIT F/601/7944 – Credit Value: 4
Be responsible for cleaning and preparing harness to a standard suitable for a range of uses
Identify intended use of harness, including exercise and high-standard public exhibition use; clean harness to appropriate standard; instruct and supervise others cleaning harness;
Unit K/601/7338 Credit Value: 4
Assemble and identify all parts of a set of traditional Single Harness
Assemble a set of traditional harness from component parts; name and describe normal function of each item; recognise and understand uses of different trace ends, tugs, bellybands; recognise differences between traditional and modern harness; fit hames to a full collar;
UNIT J/601/7945 – Credit Value: 3
Be responsible for cleaning and preparing a horse drawn vehicle for use
Select suitable vehicle for intended use and for horse; prepare vehicles for routine exercise and to a good standard for public exhibition; understand how to prepare traditional and modern vehicles for showing and exhibition; understand standards required.
Unit J/601/7346 Credit Value 5
Long rein an experienced harness horse in an enclosed area under supervision
NB: you will also be able to lunge horses on a single rein. Prepare horses for long reining; work horse in a circle around you at the walk and trot, achieving transition between paces and achieving and maintaining a halt; long rein from behind; use effective voice aids to horse
UNIT J/601/7864 – Credit Value: 18
Harness up, out-to and drive Single horses on the public highway
Select, assemble and identify a set of traditional single horse harness; harness up, put-to and drive Single horse on the public highway to a 4 wheeled vehicle; drive safely, correctly, with consideration for other road users, and the welfare of the horse. Make effective use of Harness Horse Groom; understand risks and emergency procedures; correct use of harness, vehicle and equipment when driving; balance a 2-wheeled vehicle.
Please note, that if you do
not take this Unit as part of the full BDS Level 3
Qualification, then you must achieve BDS Level 2 Units A/601/9529 – Drive in an
enclosed area and K/601/7338 -Assemble and identify all parts of
a set of traditional Single Harness – as pre-requisites ( you can do all on the
same day); if you take this Unit as part of the full Qualification, K/601/7338
is mandatory, and your Evidence Certificates will confirm that you have previous