Do you want to work alongside horses to help people improve their lives, achieve personal goals, make professional progress or experience well-being? Do you have a background as a riding instructor, teacher, coach or human services professional?  Our training will enable you to learn new skills so that you can have a sustainable and profitable career doing what you love.

With Horses certification prepares practitioners to work as professionals in the field of Equine Assisted Learning, Therapeutic Horsemanship or Therapeutic Riding. This training has been structured in line with the most recent developments in the ever- evolving field of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies across the UK and the world. The terminology, definitions, standards and guidelines we use are set by PATH International.

Our expertise is derived from real projects that have been created, piloted, implemented, evaluated and marketed by With Horses over the past seven years and then published as curricula. These curricula which are available to all our trained practitioners, give you pre-planned, tried and tested sessions that lend credibility and sustainability to your practice.

People from all walks of life who have an interest in or affinity with horses can become practitioners who teach horsemanship and horse care skills to those wishing to relax in the outdoors, develop motor or memory skills or to have a deeper connection with horses. You can build upon and get credit for your past experience, including lived experience, and your existing qualifications.

The program involves both practical and distance learning. It is competency based and assessed. Passing the course requires participants to meet the highest of standards.  Our mission is to promote best practices and produce not just competent but world-class practitioners. 

We offer a range of fully accredited training courses and workshops. Whatever your level of equine knowledge or experience, you can gain a nationally recognised OCNCredit4Learning accredited qualification. ​Our accredited courses include:

 

Introduction to Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

 

This LEVEL 1 distance learning short course has a 3 credit value. It is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about the basic premises of Equine Assisted Learning.  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 what Equine Assisted Learning is.

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

  • Know how Equine Assisted Learning can benefit participants.

  •  Be able to participate in an equine assisted learning session.

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

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 Equine Advocate

This LEVEL 2 intensive residential course with accompanying distance learning prep course and portfolio qualifies you to assist in Equine Assisted sessions. This course is the first step for anyone who is interested in becoming an EAAT practitioner in a horse-focused role. By the end of it, successful candidates will be able to assist an equine assisted practitioner in their practice.  It can be taken by anyone who wants to find out about the growth opportunities and therapeutic potential that horses share. 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.

  

                 

                                             

                           

11 Jul 2022, 09:00 BST
Scottish Borders

Therapeutic Horsemanship Coach

 

This LEVEL 3 course qualifies you to be able to lead sessions that use basic horsemanship skills and present moment exercises to help people who want to gain sensory input, relaxation, enhanced cognitive skills or improved mobility. It takes approximately six months to complete and includes a blend of self-paced distance learning as well as the opportunity for hands-on practice during a 5 day residential intensive.Learning outcomes include:

  •  Understand the different models of equine assisted learning, equine assisted psychotherapy and hippotherapy.

  • Describe the theory of experiential learning.

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

  • Demonstrate safe equine handling.

  • Plan, deliver and evaluate ground based therapeutic horsemanship sessions, showing how observations and evaluations inform future session plans.

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

20 Jun 2022, 08:00
Scottish Borders

Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner

 

Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for eductional, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. PATH Intl. provides standards of professionalism and safety for people workin in the EAAT field and guidelines for those providing EAL. This Level 4 course is designed for people who already have equine experience as well as a background in human services in the areas of coaching, instruction, teaching, caring, advocacy or management. It introduces and explores an approach to EAAT that will be specific to each candidate while being consistent with our philosophies regarding safety, ethics and the role of the horse as sentient being. Each candidate will choose from one of three specialisms:

  • equine-assisted learning in education,

  • corporate equine-assisted learning

  • equine-assisted learning in personal development

Prior to taking part in the onsite course, all candidates complete a distance learning prep course to learn all the new techniques and terminology they will need. Topics covered include:

  • History of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

  • Definitions and Scope of Work

  • The three specialty areas

  • The Experiential Learning model

  • The Empowerment Dynamic

  • Client populations, assessments, contraindications

  • Learning and communication styles

  • Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning

  • Working with Individuals and Groups

  • Managing and understanding human behaviour 

  • Equine ethology

  • Ethical horsemanship

  • Facilitation skills and practice

  • Safety and ethics

  • Activity design and planning

  • Business development, sustainability and marketing

 

During a 5 day intensive residential, they then complete a minimum of 10 practice hours of leading EAL sessions under the support and guidance of a mentor. Your mentor will be a practising With Horses Certified Practitioner and will be matched with you according to the specialisation you choose. Alongside the Practice Hours, they complete a portfolio detailing your hours and personal progress as a practitioner.  If you live too far away to attend an onsite course but have access to horses, you can complete your practice hours via the distance method under the supervision of one of our trained mentors. We currently have mentors in the UK, Germany and Sweden.

 

Therapeutic Riding Instructor

15 Aug 2022, 09:00
Scottish Borders

Therapeutic Riding Instructor

LEVEL: 4

CREDIT VALUE:6​

Learning outcomes:

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

  • Describe the differences between adaptive riding, therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.

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

  • Detail how to select an appropriate horse for a range of different participants.

  • Demonstrate a variety of emotional regulation techniques.

  • Use and select tack and adaptive equipment appropriately.

  • Critically evaluate teaching strategies and techniques.

  • Know the various mounting and dismounting procedures.

  • Know how to assess and screen participants.

  • Plan, deliver and evaluate therapeutic riding lessons.

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

  • Demonstrate person centred practice and equine advocacy.

Do you dream of becoming a therapeutic riding instructor who can help people to improve not just their physical health but their mental health too? Are you finding it almost impossible to access this kind of training in the UK? Are you looking for an accredited, nationally recognised course? Well, look no further!

Lindsey Crosbie has 20 years' of experience as a riding instructor, working with both able-bodied and disabled clients of all ages and abilities in the UK and abroad. She is a Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International certified therapeutic riding instructor and the only instructor in Europe to hold Hooves for the Heart certification that enables her to use horse riding as a means of addressing trauma. 

Through an intensive 7-day residential course you can learn to become a riding instructor or assistant instructor specialising in either:

  1. Disability 

  2. Mental Health Issues

  3.  Children with Challenging Behaviour 

 

You will work with trained therapeutic riding horses to learn coaching, facilitation and behaviour modification techniques. You will get hands on practice in all areas of therapeutic riding including safe mounting and dismounting procedures. adaptive tack, task analysis, contraindications and safety precautions as well as a theoretical grounding in the science of why therapeutic riding is such a successful intervention for a range of client demographics. 

Assistant Therapeutic Riding Instructor

LEVEL: 2

CREDIT VALUE: 2

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.

  • Develop an awareness of person centred practice and equine advocacy.

 

Level 4

Advanced Practitioner

22 Aug 2022, 08:40
Scottish Borders