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No Horse Experience - No Problem: Non riders can participate in the theory part of the workshop and audit/observe the ridden exercises.

Duration: 2 day (aprox. 6h per day)


  • $495 for Riders and Handlers (costs for workshops may vary with location; price includes Evaluation Phase for praticipants that decide to become Horse Boy Method Practitioners)
  • $225 for non-riders ($150 day 1 and $75 day 2 -- does not qualify to become a Practitioner)

Qualification for: Basic Horse Boy Method Practitioner

Designed for:

  • Therapeutic riding instructors
  • Riders with an interest in Autism
  • Parents, siblings, friends and family of children or adults with Autism/other neuro-psychiatric conditions
  • Teachers
  • Speech, Occupational and other Therapists


  • Age 16 and older; neuro-typical only (for young adults on the spectrum check with your trainer regarding participation)
  • Must  be able to comfortably ride at walk and trot.
  • mount 15.2 hand horse on trail ride without mounting block.
  • mount 15.2 hand horse bareback by being boosted by other participant.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 or lower. Calculate here:
  • Exceptions: If you are an extremely experienced horseman/woman but are not able to perform a requirement listed above due to an injury or other condition contact us. If you can provide proof of your background with horses (e.g. evented at prelim in college or run a riding stable for 10+ years etc.) we might be able to approve you to be certified as Horse Handler. If approved you will receive a certificate as Horse Handler and can still offer Horse Boy Method to your clients.

What will be covered in Horse Boy Method 1?

  • Theory and basic neuro-science: How the autistic brain works, how to switch off the cell danger response, how to provide oxytocin, how to open up the learning receptors in the brain
  • Evolution of Horse Boy Method and how we have been mentored by adult autists such as Dr. Temple Grandin, University studies into Horse Boy, and the specific science of our Methods
  • Environment: How to set up the perfect YES environment to aid communication, how to eliminate bad sensory triggers, how to make sure you have the right human/empathetic environment, how to deal with hazards
  • Sensory work: How to serve clients, how to pick the right horse, how to pick the right environment
  • Backriding: How to select and prepare the horse, how to engage with the child, why backriding works better than leading horses - oxytocin vs. cortisol
  • Rule-based Games and Perspective-Taking: how to work in the saddle with the child to build the brain, how to teach families to take these games home and do them without horses
  • Academics: How to introduce basic literacy, numeracy, and science; how to develop these to the higher grade levels
  • Long-Lining: How to get the oxytocin effect when the person is too big to share the saddle with you or if the child wants to ride with a parent/caregiver who cannot ride; how to prepare the horse for this
  • Self-Advocacy: How to use the long-lining horse to help adolescents and adults begin to teach you rather than the other way around, and how they therefore learn to "find their voice"

What to bring

  • If you ride, please bring proper riding attire (boots, jeans or other riding pants, helmet, gloves etc)
  • Please bring plenty of water to drink and something to snack on.
  • Notebook and pen

Upcoming Horse Boy Method workshops

To find a Trainer near you for this workshop check out our Trainer listings. To find already scheduled workshops around the world visit our calendar

Quickest and easiest way to get started are our online courses. Check the available ATHENA/Horse Boy Method online courses out here. We strongly suggest that you take Movement Method as well as ATHENA/Horse Boy Method to best serve your clients.

Community Activities

rupert shared a photo. 07/15/2019

its not always about horses at a horse boy playdate

its not always about horses at a horse boy playdate
rupert shared 2 photos in the clinton album 07/13/2019

pix for the liskennett rocking horse post below...

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rupert created a new topic ' When is Horse Boy not about horses?' in the forum. 07/13/2019

Sometimes a Horse Boy playdate isnt about riding a live horse...this boy at Liskennett in Ireland was too scared to see the horses, the the amazing Clinton gave him a ride on the rocking horse, which became meet the horses and get comfortable with them...


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nicolette.brata shared 2 photos in the Stream Photos album 07/11/2019

What a fantastic experience, learning with and from Carola #fulfillingdreams

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How about
- deep pressure elements for shoulders and laps (e.g. )
- a wheelbarrow 
- therapy (big bouncy) balls
- alternatives 
- a net swing or hammock 
- a (natural) sensory den/tree house
- fidget toys


Hi Im having difficulty paying via paypal the course i attended at liskennett 9+ 19 th july for the HB1?... cant seem to access the link if anyone... Show more

Bianca Rimbach likes a Guest's comment in MM and HB so desperately needed! 07/04/2019
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