Horse Boy Method Certification Process

Become a Practitioner in a Nutshell

If you are new here, this section will guide you through how to become a Certified Horse Boy Method Practitioner, as well as through our Code of Conduct, Advertising Guidelines and more.

If you have been a Practitioner for a while and are interested in becoming a Trainer (i.e. being able to host Certification Workshops), scroll to the bottom of the page and check out our requirements for becoming a Trainer.

The following pages will explain to you in great detail what you will need to do to get certified as Horse Boy Method Practitioner.

Please remember we are asking for all those things because we need to know about the work you do with children before we can put our stamp of approval on your program and let you use the New Trails Learning Systems Brand.

These requirements are in place to protect the families and ensure excellent service.

But DON’T WORRY. It’s all easy.

What we need you to do:

The basic steps are for all levels the same.

  1. You are 18 years or older
  2. Background check passed
  3. Be an active Gold Member on (unless you are part of a Tribe. If you are part of a Tribe the main Practitioner or Mentor will have to have Gold Membership, every other member of the Tribe Silver Membership)
  4. Once you are a Gold Member on our website and you have started an Evaluation for HBM1 you will start showing up in our Practitioner Directory The day you start the Evaluation Course, is when  you Apprenticeship clock starts ticking. You have 1 year from the start to finish your Evaluation Course. If you do not finish the course within one year we reserve the right to remove you from the Practitioner Directory.
  5. To continue being listed as a Practitioner you need to keep your Gold Membership active, be in good standing with Horse Boy, and adhere to Horse Boy’s Code of Conduct.
  6. You also must follow Horse Boy Advertising Guidelines (see tab below).

Read on to find out what case studies and videos are required for each level of Certification. 

Basic Horse Boy Method Practitioner

If you have participated in Horse Boy Method 1. Read below to find out what you need to do to become a BASIC HORSE BOY METHOD PRACTITIONER

  • When a Practitioner has completed all requirements for the Independent Basic Horse Boy Method Practitioner he/she can advertise that he/she is offering one-family Horse Boy Sessions. Please see our advertising guidelines below for details. 
  • Horse Boy Method 1 completed as RIDER (Live or Online). Non-Riders DO NOT qualify to become Independent Practitioners
    • Since we are working with mostly hyperactive children fitness is important to keep the children out of danger. Therefore riders 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.
  • Started and within one year completed HBM1 Evaluation Course

IMPORTANT: To complete all requirements for becoming an Independent Basic Horse Boy Method Practitioners participants will also have to register for our Practitioner Evaluation (cost: $500).

Basic Horse Boy Method Practitioner Evaluation Phase

Once you have registered for the HBM1 Evaluation Course you will need to submit the following items. (This list subject to change).

Here is an overview of what we will be requesting from you:

Videos to be submitted:

We will evaluate you on your environment and how you have implemented Horse Boy Method within your environment. Don’t worry about if your horse is sparkly or a bit dusty. Happy pasture ponies are difficult to keep clean, it goes without saying of course that we won’t be able to accept videos however of horses that are emaciated, starved or are lame. Of course there are days where our ponies are off. However we cannot accept videos of a horse that is clearly lame or in pain. Please check our code of conduct for horse care requirements. All videos will only be evaluated if they are within 10 seconds of the requested time and proper equipment and safety gear is used.

The minimum is what you have to supply to qualify to be listed on our website. If you submit all videos with “featured” requirements we will feature your listing through our website.

  • Environment:
    minimum – show you have a safe environment (30 sec)
    featured – show a transformed New Trails like environment with swings, bunnies, goats, climbing frame, goats and academical games (1:30min)
  • Sensory
    minimum – show 1 sensory horse with volunteer doing sensory work then (after HB clearance) submit 1 video with a child on that sensory horse (1:30min each)
    featured- 3 good sensory horses first with volunteer then after HB clearance 2 with children, 1 with parent (each video 1:30min)
  • Back-Riding 
    minimum – walk & trot ride in arena with Freddy and interaction with Freddy after HB clearance same with a child. Show you are using the required equipment i.e. western saddle, no English saddle, no bareback pad, no tree less, a regular bridle – no bidless, no halter etc. Proper shoes and helmets for all riders. (each video 30 sec)
    featured- terr a terre on trail with two horses with well pronounced top lines with Freddy the Teddy while interacting with Freddy(1:30min each)
  • Rule Based Games, and Academics
    minimum – playing tag at walk and trot in arena with required equipment (30 sec). Re-stage the math and fractions example of the workshop at walk and trot with Freddy while interacting with Freddy (30 sec)
    featured- tag with canter with Freddy (1:30min); jousting & swords in arena (make sure your horse is bombproof before attempting this!!!) (1:30min); recreate Movement Method games for kids in arena or woods (1:30min)
  • Long lining
    minimum – walk and collected trot with volunteer in arena, reenacting self-advocacy by talking about subject volunteer is interested in (30 sec)
    featured- jousting at walk and trot with volunteer interacting with topic of choice (1:30min)

Written evaluation:

please submit all of the following 

  • list of all the equipment you are using
  • list of all the horses and small animals you are using
  • 1 case study of a child that you have been working with for an extended period of time together with a reference from that family
  • 1 case study of at least 1 educational game you have created for a child (not the same child as above) and a reference from that family
  • 1 case study of you applying at least 2 Horse Boy Method Ethics with a child.
  • submit your insurance policy

1* Star Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner

3*** Star Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner

Certified Practitioner Badges, Star Ranking & Advertisement Guidelines

Horse Boy Code of Conduct

HBM 1, 2, and 3 Trainer Requirements