BDS LEVEL 3 Driving and Working with Harness Horses
This includes OPTIONAL Units for the BDS Level 3 Road Safety Certificate for Driving Singles or Pairs of Horse on the Public Highway, see Group 3.
You are strongly recommended to train with BDS-approved Training Providers. If you have any queries, please send us an Education Enquiry Form.
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 Mandatory and one Optional Groups:
Group 1 Horse Care and Stable Management Units
6 mandatory Units relating to routine horse care and stable management. Total Credit Value : 17
Group 2 Harness Horse Specific Units
6 mandatory Units relating to preparing horses, horse drawn agricultural implements, vehicles and harness for driving; harnessing up, hitching-in, working and driving the horse; making effective use of Harness Horse Grooms and any other assistants. Total Credit Value: 45
Group 3 - Optional Units
You do not have to take these Units in order to achieve the Qualification, but are strongly advised to do so, as they provide you with valuable additional skills, and the Road Driving Safety Units provide you with an additional Qualification. See Group 3 specifications, below, for details
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.
BDS LEVEL 3 Diploma in Driving and Working with Harness
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. You must be able to braid a horse in a traditional manner for public exhibition.
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 HORSES IN AGRICULTURAL AND LAND-BASED ACTIVITIES
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 routine work and high-standard public exhibition use; clean harness to appropriate standard; instruct and supervise others cleaning harness. You should prepare harness for exhibiting with a dray or other traditional show vehicle as well as for a ploughing match, exhibition, demonstration, etc.
UNIT J/601/7945 – Credit Value: 3
Be responsible for cleaning and preparing a horse drawn implements and vehicle for use
Select suitable implement or vehicle for intended use and for horse; prepare implement or vehicle for routine work and also to a good standard for public exhibition; understand how to prepare traditional and modern implements and vehicles for showing and exhibition; understand standards required. NB: you should prepare a dray or other traditional style working horse vehicle for exhibition plus an agricultural implement
UNIT Y/601/7948 – Credit Value: 10
Contribute to cultivating land using horses and horse drawn equipment
Identify intended work, assess the land, select appropriate horses, harness and implements; estimate the amount of time needed to carry out work; asses working capacity of horses and plan work-programme; carry out work; monitor horses well-being during work; evaluate effectiveness of work programme, review and revise as necessary. Understand the working capacity of horses; recognise and deal with signs of stress in working horses; understand stresses of work on implements and how to recognise and carry out routine maintenance. Make appropriate use of assistants. Understand how to minimise risks
UNIT D/601/7949 – Credit Value: 10
Contribute to harvesting crops using horses and horse drawn equipment
Assess the crop for suitability for harvesting; select horses, harness and implements; assess working capacity of horses; harvest crop; monitor horses well-being during work; evaluate effectiveness of harvesting methods. Understand how to use horses, equipment and working methods correctly and safely; use assistants correctly; minimise risks.
UNIT R/601/7950 – Credit Value: 8
Prepare and use experienced working horses to transport agricultural loads
Select appropriate vehicle, horses and harness for intended load; routine safety checks of horses, harness and vehicle before use; load vehicle, hitch in horses and transport load. Use assistants effectively. Understand how to load vehicle correctly and safely; understand and minimise risks;
GROUP 3 – OPTIONAL UNITS
The following Optional Units are not necessary for achieving this Qualification, but you are strongly recommended to consider taking them in order to provide yourself with transferable skills, and an additional Qualification.
The following two Units must be taken together in order to achieve the BDS Level 3 Road Driving Safety Certificate for Singles
Unit K/601/7338 Credit Value: 4
and identify all parts of a set of traditional Single Harness
UNIT J/601/7864 – Credit Value: 18
Harness up, out-to and drive Single horses on the public
Successful Candidates will be awarded the BDS Level 3 Road Driving Safety Certificate for driving Single horses on the public highway
The following two Units must be taken together in order to achieve the BDS Level 3 Road Driving Safety Certificate for Pairs
UNIT D/601/7952 Credit Value: 4
and identify all parts of a set of traditional Pair horse Harness
UNIT L/601/8854 – Credit Value: 18
Harness up, out-to and drive Pairs of horses on the public highway
Select, assemble and identify a set of traditional pair horse harness; harness up, put-to and drive Pairs of horses on the public highway; drive safely, correctly, with consideration for other road users, and the welfare of the horse. Make effective use of Harness Horse Groom(s); understand risks and emergency procedures; correct use of harness, vehicle and equipment when driving
CANDIDATES WHO ACHIEVE UNITS D/601/7952 AND L/601/8854 WILL BE AWARDED THE BDS LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE FOR DRIVING PAIRS OF HORSES ON THE PUBLIC HIGHWAY
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