EAQ® Introduction to Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning
Monday 12 June 2017, 10:00 - 16:00
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Shaftesbury, Dorset

Attending an Introduction Day is the first stage in the process for those wishing to train as facilitators in equine assisted learning with EAQ or register for the OCNLR Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning Level 4.


What will be covered during the day?

Attending the day will provide an opportunity for you to:

  • find out about the national qualifications for facilitators and assistants including the structure and fees for the OCNLR Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning Level 4
  • assess your horse awareness and natural horsemanship skills against the criteria for the unit ‘Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning’.
  • take part in some equine assisted learning activities
  • analyse the communication skills used in a video of equine assisted learning
  • find out what is involved in becoming an EAQ Certified Facilitator or running an EAQ Approved Centre.


Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or over to attend the Intro Day and be over 21 to complete the  OCNLR Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning Level 4.


Who can enrol?

The EAQ Introduction Day is relevant for those who are considering the qualifications for facilitators in equine assisted learning including:

  • teachers, teaching assistants and education professionals
  • psychologists
  • therapists and counsellors
  • social workers
  • mental health professionals
  • existing facilitators in equine assisted learning who are trained but do not have a national qualification
  • existing horse professionals
  • natural horsemanship trainers
  • riding instructors.


We will talk with you about your skills and whether we think the training will be appropriate for you. We can help you to map out a relevant training programme to meet your aspirations.


Six Reasons to Attend

Here are six reasons for attending the Introduction Day, given to us by participants on their feedback form.


“I would like to make a career change and wanted to explore options around equine assisted learning.”


“I want to further my knowledge of how horses can empower/teach people such a variety of processes.”


“Curiosity – to see if I’m able/want to combine my love and interest in counselling and horses.”


“To discover more and experience another course provider to see if it’s what I want to do and it is!”


“My employer would like me qualified to ‘sell’ the equine assisted learning as a therapy to our user groups.”


“I need and fervently wished to do something that I love to do for the next stage of my life I felt that this could be it.”



An Inspirational Training Day

The Introduction Day has inspired many people to go on to the facilitator training and then run their own equine assisted learning centre. Here are a few comments from the course evaluations under the heading ‘What have you found most useful about the course?’ 


“Experiencing for myself interacting with horses in this way and feeling what it might be like to be the client/learner rather than just reading about it and watching videos on YouTube.”


“Good grounding about the qualifications. Ideas on how equine assisted learning could be applied and used with my current skills. Ideas on what is required for a centre.”


“I have really enjoyed today, thank you. It has given me plenty to think about with my own personal development and awareness and how I would like to continue professionally.”


“The ability to connect/be open with an animal without speaking.”


“Trisha! The way she has presented and delivered and the lovely horses.“


“Just everything!”



Progression route

Following the Intro Day you may start the course EAQ Horse Awareness: Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning. This is the first of the six mandatory units in the OCNLR Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning Level 4:



Jacquie Mutter, Chief Executive of OCN London said about the OCNLR Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning: “With the launch of this new qualification, those who already work as facilitators or who want to train to become one can now work towards formal recognition of their skills and knowledge in the emerging field of equine assisted learning. The work is highly skilled, involving dealing with people who have a wide range of emotional, physical and mental conditions. The benefits that people with a wide range of needs have experienced through contact with horses are immeasurable. So we are thrilled that this qualification will provide them with the national recognition needed and encourage others to train in this area."


How much will it cost?
The fee for the day is £150.

What about refreshments?
A vegetarian lunch and refreshments are provided. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

How do I book my place?
Please email us to book your place.