BDS LEVEL 2 HARNESS HORSE GROOM’S DIPLOMA
QUALIFICATION REFERENCE NUMBER : 500/9913/9
Credit value: 62 credits
There are 3 Pathways, please click on each Pathway to see the training course and qualification specifications.
Because many of the Units are common to all three Pathways, you may wish to take more than one Pathway – and thereby achieve more than one Qualification – by adding-on some extra Units. For example, if you have chosen Pathway 2, Agricultural Pathway and find you are involved in mainstream carriage driving activities and some horse training, you may wish to also take Units from Pathway 1 or Pathway 3 to gain acknowledgement of your additional skills .
The Harness Horse Groom (HHG) has wider responsibilities and is more directly involved with driving activities than the conventional riding horse Groom. Horse care and stable management are common to both, but as a HHG you will prepare the harness and vehicle as well as the horse, and accompany the horse drawn turnout when driving out. By the end of your training course, you should be able to use the practical skills, knowledge, initiative and common-sense to provide active and effective assistance to the Driver.
Successful Candidates will be awarded the BDS Level 2 Harness Horse Groom’s Diploma
Modern machinery and the need for mass food-production brought about end of using horses in agriculture, with the result that we are on the brink of loosing many of these heritage skills forever. If we are not to also loose our rare and endangered heavy horse breeds, it is essential that we find new ways to maintain their traditional roles. Training courses provide an introduction to the principals of using horses to manage land, sow, cultivate and harvest crops, as well as hands-on experience of working with horse drawn agricultural equipment. By the end of your training course you should be able to care for the horses, prepare horses, harness and horse drawn implements for work, assist with working the horses, and carry out various tasks yourself.
Successful Candidates will be awarded the BDS Level 2 Working with Horses In Agricultural and Land-Based Activities Diploma.
NB: this is a pre-requisite for the BDS Level 3 Working with Horses in Agriculture Diploma
Most harness horse drivers need to provide some training for their horses; many prefer their horses – especially young or novice horses – to be trained by a professional Harness Horse Trainer. BDS Training courses provide an introduction to the principals of safe, effective and humane harness horse training, plus enabling you to acquire the basic skills to enable you to progress to the BDS Level 3 Assistant Harness Horse Trainer’s Diploma. By the end of your course you should be able to lunge and long-rein and assist an experienced trainer with introducing voice commands, harness, weight pulling and a vehicle to a novice horse. You should be able to understand how a horse training programme is designed, planed, implemented and revised to meet the needs of the individual horse.
Successful Candidates will be awarded the BDS Level 2 Principals of Training Horses to Work in Harness Diploma;
NB: this is designed as a pre-requisite