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It is the responsibility of Independent Horse Boy Practitioners to represent the Horse Boy Methods to the highest degree of accuracy possible.

Star Ratings

Details of the levels within Horse Boy are listed on our Star Rankings page. Click here.

The next few paragraphs have been covered there in detail. They are important enough to us to make sure you read them at least once, so here they are again.

Horse Boy certifies independent people in Horse Boy Method. Individuals and groups of people that fulfill all requirements (evaluation and continuous education) are authorized to advertise themselves Independent (Basic, 1*, 2**, 3***, 4****) Horse Boy Method Practitioners depending on the courses they have participated in and the requirements they have fulfilled in evaluation phase and continuous education phase. This does not mean that a center will only offer Horse Boy Method, but it means that a certain individual or group of individuals a center are authorized to offer Horse Boy Services (according to their level of qualification). These services are intended to be as close as possible to the core values of Horse Boy but each Practitioner will use Horse Boys stages and guidelines to the degree suitable for them. 

Independent Practitioners that are forming a center together are called Independent Horse Boy Tribes.

Each Independent Practitioner will have to comply to this Horse Boy Code of Conduct, must be an active Gold member on NLTS.co, must have completed and passed all exams and required material for each level and must participate in Mandatory Continuous Education (MCE) by joining in at least two teleconference or webinars specified as Horse Boy MCE courses per year. Violation of the Code of Conduct or not completing these other requirements will disqualify the from being listed on NTLS.co and therefore will prevent them from being an active and recognized Independent Horse Boy Practitioner.

Independence of businesses and liabilities

All Practitioners are Independent and solely responsible for their actions. Horse Boy strives to ensure excellent services being delivered by each Practitioner but is not responsible for any Practitioners actions. Complains about Practitioners can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will evaluate if this Practitioner has violated Horse Boy policies and procedures and should be removed from our list of Practitioners, however Horse Boy cannot and will not attempt to recover damages for you and you agree to hold Horse Boy harmless by engaging with Practitioners in any activity.

Individuals not listed on our Independent Practitioner list on the website are not authorized to advertise Horse Boy Services of any kind and should be reported to Horse Boy immediately.

Practitioners are not licensed to teach Horse Boy Method certification courses.

Minors

Practitioners must be 18 years or older. Minors are allowed to participate in Horse Boy Method Method workshop and will receive a certification of participation but will not be able to register as Horse Boy Method Practitioner. Minors are allowed to be Tribe members of Independent Horse Boy Tribes. All minors activities must at all times be supervised by qualified adults certified in Horse Boy Method within the Independent Horse Boy Tribe and these adults must take full responsibility and liability of the minor’s safety and well-being as well as their actions.

Annual Review of All Star Ratings

Star ratings can either move up or down based on participation in new courses and completing other requirements. If you think you have fulfilled all requirements for a higher level, please submit your application to us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What if my rating is not displayed properly on NTLS.co?

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will review if your information and education is all completed and fix the error as soon as possible or inform you about the requirements currently not met.

Continuing Education

Each active Horse Boy Method Practitioner and each member of an Independent Horse Boy Tribe needs to participate in 2 Horse Boy Method/Movement Method Continuous Mandatory Education phone or online seminars annually.

What and where can I advertise?

Only if you are an active Gold Member on HNTLS.co, in good standing with Horse Boy LLC and current on all mandatory continuous education and exams are you legally allowed to promote yourself as an Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner of a certain Star Ranking.

In all materials it must be made clear that you are an INDEPENDENT Practitioner  and that Horse Boy accepts no liability and cannot guarantee quality of your service. You also need to display what Star Ranking as Practitioner you have accomplished.

What Can I say I’m offering?

Practitioners:

Good:

  • If you are a Basic Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner you can say “I am a Basic Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner and I am offering Horse Boy Method Method Sessions*
  • If you are a 2 Star (or higher) Independent Practitioner you can say “I am an x Star Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner and I am offering Horse Boy Method Sessions* and Horse Boy Method Playdates*”
  • If you are a 4 Star (or higher) Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner you can say “I am an x Star Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner and I am offering Horse Boy Method Sessions*, Horse Boy Method Playdates*and Independent Horse Boy Camps”

Bad including but not limited to:

  • I teach classes in Horse Boy Method
  • Smith Stable offers the Horse Boy Method Program
  • We are a Horse Boy Facility
  • I offer Horse Boy Workshops
  • We are offering working student positions for Horse Boy Activities
  • I am training volunteers for Horse Boy Method/Sessions/Camps etc.
Official (Training) Centers:

If you are an Official Horse Boy Center you can say “We are an Official Horse Boy (Training) Center and are offering Horse Boy Session*, Playdates*, Horse Boy Camps* and Horse Boy Workshops* (for training Centers only)”

*Horse Boy Activities definitions

  • Session: One family at a time participating in Horse Boy Activities like environment activities, sensory, back-riding or long lining
  • Playdates: Multiple families at the same time with large and reliable group of volunteers adhering to safety and playdate regulation and rules taught in Horse Boy Method 3.
  • Camps: Multiple families at the same time with large and reliable group of volunteers adhering to safety and playdate regulation and rules taught in Horse Boy Method 3 & 5. Families overnighting together at dedicated location for up to 3 nights.
  • Workshops: teaching participants in aspects of Horse Boy Method

What Needs to be included in my advertisements?

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Use the badge appropriate to your Star Ranking and make sure to specify in any advertisement that you are a Basic/x Star Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner. This allows your families to appreciate the level of service, experience and ongoing commitment to quality and excellence that earning this status has involved.

Titles on all advertising and correspondence should read as: Independent Basic Horse Boy Method Practitioner, Independent 1-Star Horse Boy Method Practitioner, Independent 2-Star Horse Boy Method Practitioner, Independent 3-Star Horse Boy Method Practitioner, Independent 4-Star Horse Boy Method Practitioner, Independent 5-Star Horse Boy Method Practitioner. 

If you are bringing Rupert or any other Horse Boy Staff Member in for an event please use one of the following logos. Do not use these logos unless you are organizing an official Horse Boy event with Rupert or the Horse Boy Team in attendance.

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Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and other Social Media

We strongly encourage you to be an active participant in the social media platforms. Please be professional and make sure that whenever posting anything involving Horse Boy you are within our Code of Conduct which includes a moratorium on defamation of character, slander, libel, and anything else that your mom would not be happy to see or that might embarrass her. When advertising Horse Boy related activities, please make sure you stay within our advertising rules. Finally please desist from entering into social media conflicts. However please do retweet and share any and all official Horse Boy posts, tweets and other social media outreach. Remember humans are 9 times more likely to say something negative than something positive, please try to work hard on breaking that rule for the better!

Articles

All Independent Practitioners are encouraged to write articles, blogs, etc about personal and student stories. Practitioners and Tribes are not authorized to write educational pieces that could be read as them teaching Horse Boy Method. If this article is about Horse Boy Activities (Sessions, playdates,  camps, ect.), please include your star-rating or tribes level as well as the appropriate badge and a link back to www.ntls.co for more details and information about Horse Boy Method. We are happy to review an article for you before you send it out and are also happy to supply you with a few photos to use in your article. Copyright to these photos will remain with Horse Boy.

More FAQ regarding advertisements

Why can’t I say my facility offers Horse Boy Method?
Because trademark rights are very specific and improperly use may damage the rights that Horse Boy has acquired in the Marks, Horse Boy must be careful in how the Marks are used.

Can I train others in the Horse Boy Method once I am trained?
No, only Official Horse Boy Training Centers can offer this training and certification. We have spent years developing this technique and part of our ensuring it is properly and safely taught is to do so ourselves.

Can my stable have a FaceBook page or website announcing our scheduled Horse Boy Method Workshop?
You may say that a workshop is taking place once it is scheduled with Horse Boy. Terms regarding signups are negotiated on a workshop per workshop basis and questions should regarding registration should be send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Can I accept payment from people attending the Workshop at my stable?
No, only Horse Boy may accept reservations for workshops and it will collect all payments, unless otherwise agreed on in writing.

Can I work with autistic children and horses using the information I have learned from my Horse Boy Method Workshop?
Of course, as long as the guidelines above are followed and this Code of Conduct is followed. The Horse Boy Method Workshop is an intro into the methods including but not limited to back-riding. We do NOT suggest that you go home and start back-riding, long-lining or doing sensory work with children. Practice, practice, practice! Seek professional advice from your trainers to deepen your skills as a rider and horseman/woman. Take lessons! Again, after the workshop you are probably NOT ready to ride with a child. Practice until you, your horses and your property are ready for back-riding and your professional trainer says you are ready! HORSE BOY LLC, IT’S MEMBERS, OFFICERS, TRAINERS ETC ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INJURY, DEATH OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY YOU BACKRIDING WITH A CHILD OR PRACTICING ANY OTHER PART OF HORSE BOY METHOD. You are only authorized to advertise your services once you have completed a the evaluation phase for becoming a Practitioner or Mentor.

Liabilities, customer relations and complaints

Liability Agreement/Insurance

Every Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner is required to hold Equine Professional Liability and other appropriate insurance to cover their activities. It is the Practitioners responsibility to provided Horse Boy with a copy of current liability insurance. Failure to hold all necessary insurance will lead to disqualification from the program
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Horse Boy including but not limited to it’s officers, staff, trainers, and directors from any loss, liability, damage or cost you or any participant of you program might incur.
IMPORTANT: You must make sure EVERY participant signs a release form the first time they come for a session, playdate or camp or otherwise attend activities at your facility or the facility you are renting for your services. It is important that you retain these in your permanent files. You are responsible for creating your liability release form – Horse Boy LLC does not have a standard form, due to varying requirements around the world.

Talk to US!

Practitioners and Tribes are expected to communicate with Horse Boy. Let us know what you are up to, what you concerns are and where we can help. If you don’t tell us that you have a concern or are stuck somewhere, we can’t help. We try our best to help you out where possible.

Complaints/Accidents/Investigations

It is critical that the Horse Boy knows of complaints or accidents involving the Practitioner. Please report complaints or accidents with a written report via e-mail as soon as possible for insurance and legal documentation.
We understand that accidents are going to happen, but we do need to keep track of them. That’s why it’s important that all incidents have a full report so that the real reason for the accident can be established.

If complaints from families/clients come to our attention your listing on our website and with that your status as Independent Practitioner or Tribe will be immediately revoked until you have in writing or by email resolved the matter. With that you will have to remove any online or written advertisements of you as a certified Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner or Tribe as well as cease to offer Horse Boy Sessions or Playdates.

A high level of horsemanship is essential to all Horse Boy programs. If it comes to our attention that you are being investigated or prosecuted for Animal Cruelty or neglect related charges your listing on our website and with that your status as Independent Practitioner or Tribe will be immediately revoked until you have in writing or by email resolved the matter. With that you will have to remove any online or written advertisements of you as a certified Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner or Tribe as well as cease to offer Horse Boy Activities (Sessions, Playdates, Camps, etc.).

If it comes to our attention that you are being investigated or prosecuted for any crime including but not limited to DWI, child related charges, animal related charges, assault and battery your listing on our website and with that your status as Independent Practitioner or Tribe will be immediately revoked until you have in writing or by email resolved the matter. With that you will have to remove any online or written advertisements of you as a certified Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner, or Tribe as well as cease to offer Horse Boy Activities.

Your Programs Fees

You are an Independent Practitioner or Tribe. You are responsible for setting your prices and charging families. If you have charged a family and do not refund their money to them according to your cancellation terms and it comes to our attention your listing on our website and with that your status as Independent Practitioner or Tribe will be immediately revoked until you have in writing or by email resolved the matter. Horse Boy is not liable or responsible for refunds to families you serve. You agree to hold Horse Boy harmless and agree to dissolve these matter professionally and promtly as they occur. If any such matter arise please inform us by email about them.

Be nice to each other!

Remember our purpose is to help families that are having a tough time. The last thing they need is to have to work their way through backbiting and gossip within Horse Boy Method Practitioners. So be nice and supportive with each other. And remember we serve these families best if we serve a few families really well rather than large amounts of kids coming through our program and there is sure no shortage of autism families and kids that need your help. So support each other and refer people to each other. You are not only a Tribe within your barn you are also a part of the general Horse Boy Tribe and let’s try to be as functional of a Tribe as we can be.

Non-Horse Boy Practitioners advertising Horse Boy sessions

We want to help as many families out there as we can. As a result all our Methods are freely available on the Internet. We are very happy if somebody goes onto our website reads about it or buys our training DVD and starts applying some of the learned concepts. However unless a person is a certified Practitioner or Tribe following the above outlined standards and requirements, they don’t have permission to advertise themselves as offering Horse Boy Method (camp, sessions etc). If you come across somebody, please report them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Horse Boy’s rankings and levels are here to give families an idea of the service they are receiving. The Horse Boy Mark means nothing regarding the level of service if not everybody that advertises themselves as a Practitioner actually went through the required workshops and training. So it’s in the best interest of the families we serve to keep a watchful eye on that. Also don’t forget Horse Boy is a trademark and can therefore not be used by anybody other than those authorized by Horse Boy.

If in Doubt About Anything

ASK! We are here for you, and to help you have a successful business! Any questions or suggestions are welcome. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at any time. YOU are responsible for making sure that there is a 2-way communication happening!

Commitment to Continuous Education

By calling yourself an Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner or Tribe you commit to following our instructions on continuous education to make sure that your standard of service remains at its optimum.
Also if Horse Boy asks you to follow certain horse training guide lines seek out specific instruction follow our horse and rider fitness guidelines or any other Horse Boy request. You acknowledge that these requests come from the desire to help you offer the best service you can and that ignoring of or refusal to follow these guidelines will therefore risk forfeiting your good standing with Horse Boy and could result in your Level or Star Rating being revoked.
Please do as we ask.
A few tips on how to make sure your relationship with us, other Horse Boy Method Practitioners and the families you serve are as good as they can be:

  • Be positive
  • Try to find a creative, kind and constructive solution as quickly as possible
  • Don’t take shit personally
  • Don’t take shit too seriously
  • Do as you promised
  • Remember it’s families first, everything else second
  • Continuously improve your horseman skills, inter personal skills and personal development
  • Have fun with what you do!