Equitots Lanarkshire CIC became a British Horse Society (BHS) Approved Centre in November 2018.
This means we have been assessed by the British Horse Society to ensure you are receiving the highest standards of excellence.
BHS Approved means that we are regularly inspected to ensure we meet high standards of safety, horse welfare and tuition. Please take a look at the BHS Approved Centres page to see how we scored, we achieved Highly Commended for Horse Welfare which we are extremely proud about. We use three levels of grading: Approved (A), Commended (C) and Highly Commended (HC).
In addition, for your added peace of mind, it also means that our centre has been assessed to ensure we are insured for public liability and that we comply with the latest health and safety legislation.
We are also able to deliver BHS Challenge Awards. All that is needed for you to participate is enthusiasm and a love for horses! If you're looking for a strong bond with a healthy, happy horse, the Challenge Awards are perfect for you.
BHS have developed a range of awards that provide you with the opportunity to develop your understanding of horse care and rider skills. Enhance your knowledge at your own pace and advance on what's important to you.
You can take part in the Challenge Awards at our BHS Approved Centre where you will receive expert guidance and support.
The awards help you to learn how to care for horses, develop hands-on, practical skills and get stuck in with the day-to-day tasks. You can even improve your riding skills too.
This award programme welcomes you to an equestrian community which will encourage and motivate you to achieve your personal goals.
We will soon be in a position to also deliver BHS Changing Lives through Horses programme which has the potential to reach young people at a critical point in their lives.
Changing Lives through Horses aims to improve the lives of disengaged young people, regardless of their background, and give them the opportunity to develop skills that enable them to return to education and/or employment. The aim is to celebrate the powerful impact that horses can have on our society and the unique development of life skills which can help young people for the rest of their lives.
Using horses as the inspiration for change, the programme provides an alternative learning environment to mainstream education. The skills developed through the programme meet the requirements of ongoing education and training, employers and participants.
The programme works to develop six key life skills through equestrian activity:
- Personal Achievement.
The framework of activity developed by BHS is called the BHS Achieve Awards and includes 10 stable management awards and six riding awards. There are also a range of BHS Achieve Skills. The BHS Achieve Skills are activities that can be carried out in the wider equestrian environment, such as wildlife awareness, photography or fix it awards.
As well as the BHS activities we offer primary age children the opportunity to engage in Youth Scotland Hi5 Awards. The Hi5 Award is an exciting new award for young people age 5+ that records and recognises wider achievement. The Hi5 Award has been credit rated and levelled by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). Children who participate in 10 hours of horse care and riding through our Ride with Confidence one to one lessons or through our school programmes are eligible for this award.
In order to deliver these activities we have a very focused set of objectives:
- Using ponies, movement and natural environment contribute to improving sensory skills and developing self-advocacy
- Using the power of relationship with ponies and kinetic movement support learning and improved health and wellbeing
- Provide a safe place where children and young people can grow in confidence, learn, improve their health and wellbeing and develop life skills whilst being outdoors using the natural environment