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If you have been a Practitioner for an extended period of time and would like to become a Trainer offering our Certification courses to parents, teachers or therapists, read below for requirements and details of our Train the Trainer program. 

We frequently get asked what it takes to become a Horse Boy Trainer so here are our guidelines on becoming a Horse Boy Method 1,2 and 3 Trainer. We know it sounds demanding, but what it basically is asking for is a really solid background as horseman and rider. Remember if you become a Horse Boy Method Trainer you will be teaching other people how to keep other peoples’ kids safe up there. If you are full time working on Horse Boy related activities and are a very experienced rider it will probably take you a year couple of years to get these requirements fulfilled. If you have questions or would like to become an trainer please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Must have completed these courses:

  • Horse Boy Method (HBM) 1, 2 , 3 & each Evaluation Phase
  • Movement Method  (MM) 1, 2 & each Evaluation Phase
  • Stress Free Dressage (SFD)
  • Completed Train the Trainer Program (all other courses must have been completed previously)

General pre-requisites:

  • Complete a background check and Horse Boy Application
  • Active Independent Practioner for at least 2 years.
  • Organize HBM1 workshop for HB staff at Practitioners center
  • Gold Member and in good standing with Horse Boy
  • Assisted HB staff in at least 5 HBM1 workshops
  • At least 15 years active riding experience. Must have a background in teaching riding lessons. Discipline doesn’t matter but the lessons must be at walk trot and canter mounted. Please provide at least 5 references with details of your students and what they have been working on as riders. Please also submit at least 5 references of horses you have trained for other people and what these horses have learned in the time they were with you.

Homework/Course work to provide

  • Kids logs, Horse logs, small animal logs, volunteer logs – to be provided by Horse Boy and to be submitted to Horse Boy quarterly
  • Monthly photos and videos blog of activities on Horse Boy World Blog
  • Testimonials from at least 10 families that you have worked with for at least one 12 week set of sessions.
  • Quarterly activity document. Format to be provided by Horse Boy

Horses

  • Quality of horses to be assessed by Horse Boy at first workshop at your place which will be run by HB staff
  • Approved horses only approved for certain activities and only to be used in those activities within the workshop
  • Quarterly Video updates on each horse

Instructor qualification requirements

  • Qualification: show all ridden exercises of HBM 1 plus countdowns, plus collected canter on their horses, teach 10 people HBM 1 exercises plus count downs and canter transition
  • Horsemanship evaluation:
    • Produce HB horses to our specs and prove it
    • Show 4 horses that can do sensory work
    • 5 basic tricks reliably
    • Count downs
    • Canter transition (halt/canter)
    • On the bit
    • No barging, no biting, no kicking i.e. proven ground manners, no bucking
    • Proven bomproved: tarpaulin: walk on, thrown at on head, loud noises, flag,bicycles, balloons, toy swords, wheel chairs
    • Long line quietly at collected trot
    • Long line trail ride
    • Quite trail ride without other horse present
    • Quiet when playing mounted games
    • Quite if trail ride and other horses leave
    • Quiet in arena if other horses come/go
    • Quiet in field if other horses are near by or are taken away
    • Must lunge quietly in side reins or Vienna in rhythm while build the topline
    • Must except to be ridden with dressage stick. Must be desensitized to dressage and lunge stick
    • Must be able to be ridden with Freddy or a child one handed
    • Must be able to give safe, quiet trail ride at walk and trot to beginning rider
    • Must be safe at collected canter on trail
    • Stand still when mount dismount
    • Tie up quietly and safely
    • Neck reins and can be ridden one handed
    • Good top line
    • Basic in hand work (yield jaw, pole, quarters, shoulder in traver at walk and trot)
    • Ridden walk, trot, canter, and all laterals at walk and trot (i.e. leg yield, shoulder in, traver, renver, shoulder out, half pass)
    • Sound
      • If soundness issues a game plan for maintenance that HB approves and they prove that they stick to.
      • No back issues
    • Equipment
      • Must go in bridle with bit
      • Must be comfortable lunging in side reins or Vienna
      • Must be comfortable being ridden with German Martingale/Market Harborough
      • Must be able to wear large western saddle

Apprenticeship: The Train The Trainer Program

  • @New Trails 7- 10 days on the ground
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the horse training system and teach staff/clients under HB staff supervision
    • Assessment of horses and creation of training schedule for horses.
    • Host a fake training for our staff
    • Participate at a HB camp in TX or at other approved location. 
  • @home: 2 weeks on the ground
    • At very end of requirements
    • Final ok/tweak, final evaluation of horses
    • A small workshop organized and run by you
    • Organize a HB camp while HB staff is with you

Timeframe

  • 420h of families served (e.g.  OR 10h per week for one year)
  • Provide HB w logs kids/volunteer/horse
  • Detailed session log and video/photo blog of selected children (3 minimum)
  • HB will survey/ask for feedback of parents before and after each 12 sessions
  • Parents in direct contact with HB

Structure of workshops if approved

  • All registrations will always be handled through HB
  • Trainers to receive up to 60% paid through HBLLC (that is if there are two of you – if it’s just one we need to send a second trainer in who will receive part of the 60% commission)
  • Max # of trainees: 5 for first year, 8 for second year.
  • Trainees to fill out feedback form provided by HB
  • Required at least 2 HB approved riding instructors

Continuous education

  • Quarterly report
  • Survey /feedback of all trainees
  • 4 days per year at NT or other approved HB training facility
  • 4 days per year HB approved trainer at Practitioners Location for workshops, improvement of horses/environment etc.

Horse Boy Method 3

Horse Boy Method 3 and Movement Method 3 are the same course. There are two different routes to get to this course. Either you have taken HBM 1 & 2 or Movement Method 1 & 2. We have combined this course because it's contents are relevant and important or both HBM and MM. It deals with running multi-family playdates and creating curriculum and goals for the families you work with.  

Courses to taken:

Emphasis on Horse Boy Method

  • Horse Boy Method (HBM) 1, 2 & 3
  • Movement Method  (MM) 1 & 2
  • Completed Train the Trainer Program (all other courses must have been completed previously - see Apprenticeship section below)

Emphasis on Movement Method

  • Movement Method  (MM) 1, 2 & 3
  • Completed Train the Trainer Program (all other courses must have been completed previously - see Apprenticeship section below)

General pre-requisites:

  • Complete a background check and Horse Boy Application
  • Active Independent Practioner for at least 2 years.
  • Organize MM 1, 2 & 3 workshop for HB staff at Mentor's center OR Organize HBM 1, 2 & 3 workshop for HB staff at Mentor's center
  • Gold Member and in good standing with Horse Boy
  • Assisted HB staff in at least 3 HBM/MM 3 workshops
  • Background any of the following:
    • Bachelor degree in education or psychology
    • Therapy degree
    • Equivalent experience e.g. 5 years in education field (can include homeschooling).

Homework/Course work to provide

  • Show your environment includes play equipment, educational materials, educational games
  • Assessment of your environment: pros and cons; what bad sensory triggers are still in your environment and why have you not remediated them; best thing you implemented that surprised you with its effectiveness
  • Show 3 environments that yoru MM1 & 2 or HBM 1 trainess have implemented
  • Goal creation for families: 3 case studies that show goals and curriculum creation for children of different ages and in different subjects
  • Records of playdate checklists, volunteer and parent packages
  • Description of your volunteer orientation program
  • Kids logs, small animal logs (if applicable), volunteer logs – to be provided by Horse Boy and to be submitted to Horse Boy quarterly
  • Monthly photos and videos blog of activities on Horse Boy World Blog
  • Testimonials from at least 10 families that you have worked with for at least one 12 week set of sessions.
  • Quarterly activity document. Format to be provided by Horse Boy

Apprenticeship: The Train The Trainer Program

  • @New Trails 10 days to 2 weeks on the ground
    • Host a fake training for our staff
    • Orient volunteers at New Trails
    • Goal and curriculum creation for 1 family 
  • @home: 2 weeks on the ground
    • At very end of requirements
    • Final ok/tweak, final evaluation of horses
    • Take HB staff through your volunteer orientation 
    • Take HB staff through 2 new children and the current status of goal and curriculum creation for that child

Timeframe

  • 420h of families served (e.g.  OR 10h per week for one year)
  • Provide HB w logs kids/volunteer
  • Detailed session log and video/photo blog of selected children (3 minimum)
  • HB will survey/ask for feedback of parents before and after each 12 sessions
  • Parents in direct contact with HB

Structure of workshops if approved

  • All registrations will always be handled through HB
  • Trainers to receive up to 60% paid through HBLLC (that is if there are two of you – if it’s just one we need to send a second trainer in who will receive part of the 60% commission)
  • Max # of trainees: 5 for first year, 8 for second year.
  • Trainees to fill out feedback form provided by HB
  • Required at least 2 HB approved riding instructors

Continuous education

  • Quarterly report
  • Survey /feedback of all trainees
  • 4 days per year at NT or other approved HB training facility
  • 4 days per year HB approved trainer at Practitioners Location for workshops, improvement of horses/environment etc.