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    02-11-2012, 04:34 AM
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Yearling
BHS Exams

Hi all

Just wondering how many people on here have any BHS qualifications, or are training for them right now.

I would like to have all four stages, but I need to save up over 800 What's your thoughts on them?
     
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    02-11-2012, 04:40 AM
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I don't have them, but my trainer does. I am English but living in America, my trainer is in the same situation.
If you want to teach in the UK, it's the only way to do it - and while 800 (no pound sign on my US keyboard) is a lot of money initially, it is a lot less than going to college for other careers.

As I said I am in the US now, and I sought out an instructor with those qualifications, as I know I can trust them.
     
    02-11-2012, 05:08 AM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
I don't have them, but my trainer does. I am English but living in America, my trainer is in the same situation.
If you want to teach in the UK, it's the only way to do it - and while 800 (no pound sign on my US keyboard) is a lot of money initially, it is a lot less than going to college for other careers.

As I said I am in the US now, and I sought out an instructor with those qualifications, as I know I can trust them.
The money is the only thing worrying me, but I am definitely going to go for it I've found a competition yard to do my training. I finish college in May so I hope to start some time after then.
     
    02-11-2012, 05:09 AM
  #4
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What else is worrying you? If you don't tell us (and you don't have to) then we can't help.
     
    02-11-2012, 05:17 AM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
What else is worrying you? If you don't tell us (and you don't have to) then we can't help.
Well money is the main thing, I'm unemployed, full time at college and I live with my grandmother. I have no money so I will have to save everything up for my exams. I will be working 6 days a week for 9 hours of training towards my exams.

There is a 3 day option for 3-6 hours training too.

I know the exams are worth while, and I really want to do it. Horses are my passion.
     
    02-11-2012, 05:26 AM
  #6
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Well there is no reason why you have to do this next week, just wait until you have the money. It's an investment like any career would be.

Best of luck to you.
     
    02-11-2012, 05:45 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
Well there is no reason why you have to do this next week, just wait until you have the money. It's an investment like any career would be.

Best of luck to you.
So you think it's definitely worth the investment?
     
    02-11-2012, 06:46 AM
  #8
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In the UK and Ireland its darn near a must have. Not in racing yards, but any other yard - I know several lessons yards where you can't even work as a groom without BHS qualifications. I say go for it, you investing in you future. Its alot of money upfront, but you'll get it all back over time with lessons you teach.
     
    02-11-2012, 07:26 AM
  #9
Yearling
I'm going to controversial and probably get flamed.

Being a Yank expat in Britain, I read over the BHS requirements at one point, since I used to teach riding in the US and have considered doing it here, and perhaps, due to my outsider status (and from the West as well, which has a totally different horse ethos), have a more sceptical view of it than most Brits, who all seem very positive about the meaning of this qualification. There is a lot of useful information, helpful and necessary for those in the horse business, but acquiring this piece of paper not only entails a rather significant financial investment, but also your willingness to memorise a lot of completely arcane stuff and jump through a lot of hoops.

It just seems to be a part of this obsession with wanting to regulate everything, but I'm not convinced that the horse industry in Britain is a vast improvement over the horse industry in the US, where there is no such "quality control." Just like in the US, I've encountered huge variation with how barns are run, how people handle and ride their horses (the good, the bad, and the ugly), regardless of whether or not the individuals have a BHS qualification. I haven't taken a single lesson since I moved here, in part due to finances but also, I haven't seen one trainer I'd want to take lessons with, who really achieves and understands lightness and doesn't pull the horse into a frame with the inside rein (aside from videos of Carl Hester on YooToob). Not one. I'm sure they are out there, somewhere in the wilds of Britain, but I haven't come across any. If this is that hard to come by, what are people learning during the BHS training? Plus, my own background means that I approach training horses from a completely different angle.

That said, it still is a helpful hoop to jump through if you want to pursue an equine related career in this country. Being a cynical, opinionated, and from Colorado, I suppose I simply don't afford it the "holy" status that seems to be associated with it, as I've come across as many clueless people with BHS qualifications as without.
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    02-11-2012, 07:44 AM
  #10
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Arrow The BHS

Being of an older generation when the BHS ruled the roost on practically everything horsey, I remember when the only qualification was given by the BHS. Undoubtedly the BHS is a teeny weeny bit fuddy duddy but it is not going to go away and maybe Martin Clunes will liven the organisation up. In Britain rules and regulations are increasing, not decreasing, and qualifications are all the rage.

The insurance companies help to promote the need for staff to be qualified by stating that the yard must be staffed by qualified handlers - and who really can argue with that attitude.

If you want a career in horses, then do it. All I would be concerned about is that you study in a competent BHS registered organisation where the teaching is good and relevant to the course. Make sure before you sign up that where you plan to study has what you are looking for.
There are educational grants out there, see if you can find one for yourself.

There is an excellent University in Gloucester and another in Usk and I daresay there is one or two over in SE England.

But at the end of the day, only one creature teaches you about how to handle and use horses - that's a horse. So make sure you have access to one at all times.

Be lucky.
     

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