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Horse & Behaviour Instructor – Level 1


As we know, horses are domesticated animals. They are used to living in the vicinity of people and have adapted to the environment we have created for them. That’s pretty special, especially when you start to dig deeper into the world of the wild horse. How do wild horses live? What do they need and how do they communicate with others? By learning about this, it’s easier to prevent or resolve any behavioural challenges.


The language of the horse is at the heart of these lessons, both in theory and practice. The practical lessons start with the basics of liberty work, groundwork, double long lines, obstacle training and trailer loading. We also start to tackle behavioural challenges. For this level, you do not need any specific knowledge or your own horse, anyone with an interest in horses and their behaviour is very welcome.


The first level of the course consists of eight teaching days, in two courses. The first block is 4 days, the second block 5 days including one day of exams. The lessons take place at various locations, so you can experience as many different horses as possible.

You will learn

  1. The language of the horse. What is he telling you and how can you understand each other well?
  2. Training the horse. This is at the core of our entire programme. You will learn groundwork techniques, working on the long lines and obstacle training, as well as communication at liberty and trailer loading.
  3. A healthy horse. Learn more about different equine illnesses and conditions in the online section of this course.
  4. Nutrition & digestion. Together with a nutritional expert we learn about the digestive system to ensure your horse has a nutritious diet and a strong, healthy core.
  5. Young horses. Nothing makes our hearts sing more than a happy foal playing in the pasture. We explore reproduction, birth, imprinting, and training of foals and young horses. What are the do’s and don’ts?
  6. Exterior. What makes a horse a good jumper, or a good dressage horse? This is explored in our Exterior module.
  7. Challenging behaviour. When you have mastered the training techniques, we start addressing challenging behaviour in various horses.


After completing this level, you will be able to:

  • Tune in to the nonverbal communication of horses
  • Understand natural behaviour and how to use this in horse training
  • Work with horses at liberty or on a line
  • Master the skills of working with double long lines, obstacle training and trailer loading
  • Start addressing the challenges in a horse’s behaviour
  • Recognise the most common equine conditions and treatments
  • Feed a healthy horse and know the most important nutrients in their diet
  • Understand how foals are born and what to look out for when you start imprinting?


We also devote time to the most important aspect in horse training; your own development. In addition to inspiring days at class locations, we help broaden your knowledge through assignments and home study using our easy to use online learning platform.


Level 1 can be completed without obligation to the other levels and you do not need your own horse.


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Our benefits

✓ Only NOC*NSF and KNHS recognized training on horse behaviour!
✓ Years of specialist experience
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