Equestrian First Aid

It is very important that everyone involved with horses knows how to administer First Aid. This includes riders, instructors, competitors, volunteers, fence judges and grooms. Every professional must have a recognised First Aid qualification to enable inclusion on the register of instructors. Ideal for groups, the British Horse Society (BHS), requires you to complete a First Aid at Work (FAW) 3 day course, which focuses on injuries sustained whilst handling and riding horses.


This course comprises 18 hours of practical teaching in a classroom environment, spread over three days. If you currently own a FAW  which is due to expire, you will need to complete a FAW two-day requalification with us.. This comprises 12 hours of practical teaching in a classroom environment, spread over two days. These courses meet HSE criteria and guidelines, and are accepted by the BHS.
What will you learn?

Once you have completed the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of the First Aider, including the importance of preventing cross infection, the need for recording incidents and action, and utilising available equipment.
  • Assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency.
  • Recognition & management of illness in the workplace.
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious.
  • Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). (Adult, Child and Baby)
  • Secondary survey.
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking.
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding.
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock.
  • Provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries, recognise major illness, and administer first aid to a casualty with:
    • Heart attack
    • Angina
    • Stroke
    • Seizures
    • Asthma
    • Diabetes
  • Administer first aid to a casualty with:
    • anaphylactic shock
    • Falls from Horse
    • Injuries to bones(fractures), muscles and joints(sprains/strains), including suspected spinal injuries and pelvic injuries
    • Eye injuries
    • Burns and scalds
    • Chest injuries
    • head injury
    • Sudden poisoning
    • AED Placement and Awareness
    • Haemostatic Dressings and Tourniquets. This is only taught if your business has it listed as a specific requirement. Due to the increase in training equipment the standard price will increase by £15.00 PP + VAT.

Course Duration

18 Hours. The course can be taken over three or more days, but must be completed within ten weeks of the course start date.


Upon completion of the course we will issue you with a certificate from Paramedical.

The certificate is valid for 3 years and can be renewed 12 weeks prior to the renewal date, or alternatively 4 weeks after. The original certification date will be retained if renewed during this period. If your certificate has expired by more than 4 weeks please contact us.

Attendees will also be issued with a second certificate from Paramedical First Aid training for Horse Specific Injuries.

Refresher training

HSE strongly recommends that first-aiders undertake annual half day refresher training during any three-year certification period. Although not mandatory, this will help qualified first-aiders maintain their basic skills, and keep up to date with any changes to first-aid procedures.