What is the Horse Owners Certificate? (HOC)
It is a series of theory and practical lectures.
The BHS have designed a syllabus, covered in levels 1-4.
Only Registered Instructors are allowed to take these courses.
Each instructor has to make up the notes and content of the course
Level 1 covers tack, feeding, first aid, grooming, what to look for when buying a horse etc.
The levels progress covering topics such as veterinary ailments, shoeing, grassland care, vices, clipping, transporting horses, rugs, fitness and general knowledge.
Level 4 gets onto more in depth theory such as the skeletal system , the muscular system , as well as discussing gadgets and remedial shoeing, vitamins and minerals, teeth and ageing.