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Accredited Short Courses

We offer two types of accredited short course:

Entry Level Equine Courses

Take the first step towards a career with horses.


Vocational Courses

Accessible courses for learners aged 14 and over.

We have a selection of CPD courses and non-accredited short courses for people who simply want a taster of what we have to offer, or those who would like to develop skills that help them to improve their own wellbeing or interact better with their animals at home. We can cater for learners aged 14 and above with a wide variety of learning styles and needs. Whatever your level of equine knowledge or experience, you can gain a nationally recognised OCN Credit4Learning or ASDAN accredited certificate . ​Whoever you are and whatever you want to do, we have a course for you! 

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Accredited Entry Level Equine Courses

Our distance learning courses are designed so that you can gain an accredited qualification from the comfort of your own home to take the first steps towards your career as an equine assisted professional. You can work your way up through each step, studying when you are available, fitting your learning around a busy life, stopping or pausing when necessary and gaining a qualification at each stage. You will receive a printed course manual and our distance learning trainers will offer help and support virtually throughout. Assessment is done via an online portfolio. Studying from home, you can work your way up to becoming a certified Equine Advocate or Assistant Riding Instructor who can work alongside an equine assisted practitioner or instructor. If you want to progress further to become a professional who can lead rather than assist in sessions, you can add on one or more of our intensive onsite training courses. 

These courses form the foundation of our Therapeutic Riding as well as our Equine Assisted Learning vocational courses. Working through these distance learning units ensures that, by the time you are ready to attend one of our onsite intensive training courses, everyone is on the same page, has the same knowledge and starts on a level playing field. Why not start your journey towards becoming a certified equine professional today?

Introduction to Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies £99


This OCN Credit4Learning LEVEL 1 distance learning course has a 3 credit value and is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about the basic premises of Equine Assisted Services.  It usually takes approximately six weeks to complete but you can work at your own pace and you can study from anywhere. Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand and define Equine Assisted Services.

  • Understand the experiential learning process and explain the experiential learning cycle.

  • Know how Equine Assisted Services can benefit participants.

  • Understand the potential hazards and risks of equine assisted services.

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Equine Advocacy Course £250

This LEVEL 2 distance learning course provides an awareness of the most up-to-date equine welfare and science-based training practices. Once you have completed the coursework portfolio, it qualifies you to work as an equine advocate in Equine Assisted sessions. Learning objectives include:


  • Understand the different models used to involve equines in learning and therapy.

  • Describe the differences between equine assisted learning, equine assisted psychotherapy and hippotherapy.

  • Understand the experiential learning process.

  • Know the ethical and safety considerations involved when working with equines and vulnerable people.

  • Demonstrate awareness of the ethical and safety considerations involved when working with equines and vulnerable people.

  • Develop practical equine handling skills.

  • Demonstrate safe equine handling

  • Be able to perform the role of Assistant at an Equine Assisted Learning session.

  • Describe the role of the Equine Assisted Learning Assistant.

  • Know how to monitor and evaluate learning.

  •  Analyse and evaluate a variety of learning and evaluation tools.

Assistant Therapeutic Riding Instructor Course £250



This LEVEL 2 distance learning course is the first step for those wishing to follow the therapeutic riding training pathway. Once you have completed the coursework, you are qualified to work as an assistant in therapeutic riding settings.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the different models used to involve equines in learning and therapy.

  • Know the ethical and safety considerations involved when working with equines and vulnerable people.

  • Develop practical equine handling skills.

  • Understand the role of the Assistant in a therapeutic riding lesson.

  • Assist with the planning, delivery and evaluation of the three consecutive therapeutic riding lessons, showing how observations and evaluations inform future session plans.

  • Know how to lead and side-walk.

  • Demonstrate the three types of hold and the three leading positions used in leading and side-walking.

  • Know how to monitor and evaluate learning.

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CPD Courses

We have a constantly evolving range of CPD opportunities including webinars and short courses available.

ASDAN Accredited Short Courses


At With Horses, we're committed to making careers with animals and the outdoors accessible for eveyone. ASDAN Short Courses are flexible, portfolio-based programs designed to accredit up to 60 hours of activity and skills development across a range of topics and curriculum areas.

Short Courses are widely used by 13-19 year olds but they can be adapted for anyone and are ideal for young people who are homeschooling or out of education for any reason. They are also fantastic for a variety of learning needs and styles. . Because they are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level. 

We offer the full range of ASDAN Short Courses in both an online and onsite format. The flexibility of ASDAN's Short Courses means they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time period to suit the individual or co-ordinating centre. Challenge descriptions can be interpreted and adapted according to the situation.If you are a parent, teacher or professional who works with young people, we can work with you to create a bespoke learning program that uses any combination of Short Courses. Discounts can be arranged for multiple learners. Please contact us to arrange a consultation.  

Online Demand Courses

The following online ASDAN courses are available on a rolling basis. Each has the option for an additional hands-on learning day at our farm in the Scottish Borders where you can interact with and learn to care for horses, pigs, chickens and ducks. 

Land Based Sector Vocational Taster

Vocational Tasters offer learners a concrete introduction to a range of employment sectors. Ideal for learners following an alternative progression route, these courses help learners to make progress towards their personal learning and career aims. The Land-based Sector Vocational Taster contains modules in: agriculture; animal care; horticulture; environment and land management; health and safety in the land-based sector; careers in the land-based sector.

This course can be completed online through the ASDAN e-portfolio system. Learners log in to complete challenges, record skills development and upload evidence.

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Animal Care Short Course

The Animal Care Short Course can accredit between 10 and 60 hours of learners' activities and involvement in caring for all types of animals. This could range from looking after domestic pets at home, to working with farm animals and wildlife in the community, to finding out about more exotic species at zoos and wildlife centres.

This Short Course can be completed using the student book or is available for learners to complete online through the ASDAN e-portfolio system. Learners log in to complete challenges, record skills development and upload evidence.

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Online Course

Click here to purchase the online animal care or land-based taster courses.

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Online Course Plus Farm Visit

Click here to purchase the online course plus additional onsite educational day.

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