If you have participated in Horse Boy Method 4. Read below to find out what you need to do to become a 3*** STAR HORSE BOY METHOD PRACTITIONER.

  • When a Practitioner has completed all requirements for the Independent 3*** Star Horse Boy Method Practitioner he/she can advertise that he/she is offering one-family Horse Boy Sessions and multi-family Horse Boy Playdates. Please see our advertising guidelines for details.
  • Must currently be a 2** Star Independent Horse Boy Practitioner
  • Completed Horse Boy Method 4 - Rule based games and the work at the canter - course live or online. Must participate as RIDER
  • Applicants must have been an Independent 2** Star Practitioner for at least one year prior to applying.

3*** Star Horse Boy Method Practitioner Evaluation Phase

In order to complete your certification you need to go through an Evaluation Phase ($225 for online participants - included for live course participants). When you apply for the Evaluation Phase we will create a DropBox Folder for you. In this folder we will load two Excel sheets for you. One will guide you through the requirements below, the other one is a year end report that we request from each Practitioner. As you go through your Evaluation Phase you simply need to tick off the requirements you have submitted and fill out all checklists in the Excel sheet. Please also upload all videos into your DropBox folder. 

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 3 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.

  • Lunging:
    minimum – 3 phase lunging warm up of well muscled horse: 1. no side reins 3 gaits to let horse play - horse must respect circle; 2. engaged side reins/other training aid showing horse working with engage topline flexed to inside, inside hind crossing, clean transitions up and down; 3: Side reins released horse in stretchy walk and trot clearly reaching long and low. (30 sec each)

  • In hand:
    show jaw flexions, yielding of poll, yielding of quarters, shoulders-in, traver, 3-5 steps of trot in hand with rider at shoulder(30 sec)
    show Valenca 1 and 2a at walk (30 sec)
    show above plus renver & half pass, 10 steps of trot in hand at riders walking pace with rider walking at shoulder (1:30min)
    show above plus Valanca 2b

  • Ridden:
    minimum - 10m of shoulder-in and traver on straight line at a walk. (30sec)
    featured - above plus 10 m of shoulder-in and traver on straight line at trot; 10 m of renver on straight line & half-pass in walk (1:30min)

  • Canter work:
    minimum - 4 canter transitions from collected trot/jog to canter and back to collected trot/jog after 4 strides of canter; 4 canter transitions from collected walk to canter and back to walk after 4 strides of canter; transitions need to be clean and not running. All exercises to be shown two and one handed (3:00min)
    featured - above plus 4 canter transitions from halt to canter back to halt after 4 strides of canter; 3 sets of 4-5 terre a terre steps

  • Rule Based Games at Canter
    minimum - tag at a semi collected canter one handed with Freddy with clear stops and clean transitions from one canter lead to the other through trot or walk. No running transitions. (30 sec)
    featured: above plus two additional rule based games at the canter must display very collected or Terre a Terre canter (1:30min)

  • Trail/Jumping
    minimum - trail ride at canters with few ground poles or small jumps. Trail must also include steep slopes. (1:30min)
    featured - show above 3' jumping course with at least 5 obstacles (1:30 min)