Guided Learning Hours: 30
Total Qualification Time: 60 hours

Credit Value: 6

Level: 3


The unit 'Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning' is one of the six mandatory units in the New Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning qualification. The unit is accredited by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator for England and Northern Ireland and is part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Aim of the unit
The unit has been designed to provide an in-depth, specialist unit for those working within the equine assisted learning sector. This sector is different from other forms of equestrian activity and this unit covers aspects of horse health and welfare, horse psychology and behaviour as well as handling horses at liberty and on a halter and lead rope.

Who can enrol?
The unit is suitable for people who are working or intending to work as facilitators, teachers, trainers or coaches in the specialised field of equine assisted learning, equine facilitated therapy and horse-based education.

Developed by EAQ® in partnership with OCN London, this unit is based on the highly successful EAQ Horse Awareness Certificate and EAQ Horse Handling Certificate. It is the first national qualification to focus on the specific needs of the horses working in the equine assisted learning / horse-based education sector and provides the knowledge and practical skills required by facilitators who are working with horses and people in education, training and therapeutic settings.


Who can enrol?

Anyone can enrol for this unit but you must be over 19 years of age with appropriate levels of horsemanship, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills to enrol on the full Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning.

This qualification is suitable for individuals who:

  • are currently teaching or training in any equine assisted learning environment and wish to have their experience and skills formally recognised in the form of a qualification
  • are not currently teaching but want to work as facilitators, coaches, teachers or trainers with horses and people
  • have achieved a qualification in equine assisted learning which is not recognised as a national qualification by Ofqual 
  • have taken part in short courses or introductions to horse-based education and training
  • are currently working as horse professionals and who wish to achieve a recognised qualification.

Your role may be referred to as: equine facilitated; equine assisted; horse-led; horse-based coach, trainer, teacher, facilitator, therapist or psychotherapist. Whatever it is called, if you work with horses and people, then this qualification is relevant for you!

EAQ is a specialist in equine assisted learning and horse-led education so the focus for this course will be suitable for equine assisted learning facilitators, natural horsemanship trainers and others who work with horses and people in a range of settings.


Entry Requirements

There is no age limit for this unit, but you must be aged 19 or over to register for the full level 4 qualification and will need to undertake an initial assessment of your skills in Horsemanship, English, Mathematics and information technology


What does the unit cover?

The unit Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning covers areas of horse welfare, behaviour and psychology including:

  • observing horses
  • legislation
  • health and safety
  • herd-based approaches to horse-keeping
  • how horses learn
  • working with horses which are loose in a paddock, arena or round pen (at liberty)
  • working with a horse on a halter and lead rope.
How will the unit be delivered?
You will attend training days which provide the underpinning knowledge for the unit and provides  an opportunity to practice your skills. This is followed by online activities and individual mentoring to provide you with the support and guidance you need to complete the unit. You will have an assessor who will assess your skills against the criteria.


How will I be assessed?

You will be observed and assessed during the course and will put together a portfolio of evidence showing how you have met the assessment criteria. Your evidence will include video of you working with horses.


Progression route

You may choose to register for the other units in the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning.