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Patrons: Martin Clunes and Lord Knight of Weymouth Registered Charity No. 1141654/1170553

TheHorseCourse is a distinct methodology with a well-defined programme and a clear theory of change (see Evidence page). The programme's success relies strongly on the style and quality of the horsemanship and we can only train those with a high level Parelli background to be facilitators. However we run various trainings and open days to share our learning with others, please see below:

Facilitator Training

Those interested in training to deliver this course, please register your interest by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will need to be a Parelli professional or high level Parelli student. The training consists of a 3 day Theory Training followed by Shadowing the practical work. Assessment is rigorous at all stages. Upcoming dates for our 3 day Theory Training are:

  • June 22, 23, 24th 2018
  • January 18, 19, 20th 2019
  • June 28, 29, 30th 2019

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register interest for 3 day theory training. Cost: £750 per person (some scholarships available). Shadowing is by inivitation only post-assessment, and usually FOC.

Deep Dive Days

A Deep Dive Day is for anyone who is interested in learning more about our methodology and practice. We share all our materials, explain how our programmes work and answer any questions you would like to ask. This is NOT a training or a qualification, it is for those interested in discovering more about effective equine-assisted work. 

You may be:

  • a mental health, social work or education professional
  • a horseman of any flavour
  • a Parelli student, not yet ready for our Facilitator training
  • an equine-assisted practitioner under a different methodology, wanting to widen your perspectives

Places can be booked for our 1 day Deep Dive at Eventbrite. Cost: £75 for the day.

Non-verbals Toolbox for professionals

We offer frontline professionals a 2 hour training in our specialism - reading and responding to non-verbal behaviour. A game-changer with difficult, shut down or disengaged clients. We usually finish up with a 30 minute taster session for those who would like to experience our horse-powered work first hand. Cost £25/person

Book a place on one of our upcoming courses at Eventbrite. Cost £25/person or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a group session at your premises, £250/group.

  • It is an intervention for the most difficult to engage

    Russ Trent, Governor, HMP & YOI Portland

  • I hope this work which I understand the PCT Commissioner has been impressed with, is able to continue

    Jeremy Wright, Minister for Prisons

  • TheHorseCourse has succeeded in getting through to some of the most difficult and disruptive Young Offenders...

    Lord Ramsbotham, former Chief Inspector of Her Majesty's Prisons

  • A new option which shows great promise to reduce exclusions and to reduce ongoing mental health issues.

    Kirsty Dring, Wellbeing Team Leader, All Saints School, Weymouth

  • THC has made significant impact - one student learnt she is able to succeed, another has doubled her time in lessons.

    Allan Wood, Headmaster, Compass Learning Centre (Pupil Referral Unit)

  • We are working in partnership with TheHorseCourse on a number of pilots including Rehab Services, Crisis Service and Acute Inpatient settings.

    Sarah Rose, Dorset Mental Health Forum

  • A uniquely powerful course for installing mental and emotional self control...I am excited to be a part of this project.

    Stephanie Gaunt, licensed 3* Parelli Professional Horsemanship Instructor

  • Students have to take control of the situation, be effective... that is huge.

    Tracey Hodder, Specialist Support Worker, Compass Learning Centre

  • We train our people by doing, but when things go wrong we try to fix them by talking. It doesn't make sense.

    Reverend Simon Beveridge, Royal Marines, Poole

  • Preliminary findings from the evaluation research are incredibly positive.

    Professor Rosie Meek, Criminal Psychology, Royal Holloway University

  • Engaging and motivating prisoners is notoriously difficult and yet TheHorseCourse has managed to do just that consistently and effectively.

    Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth (former Minister for Education)

  • I'm amazed by the work of Parelli practitioners such as Harriet Laurie... There is no-one horses cannot touch!

    Linda Parelli, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, USA

  • Seeing these kids getting a horse to do something for them simply by controlling their own moods is incredible.

    Martin Clunes (Actor, Presenter & President of The British Horse Society)

  • THC empowers prisoners as teachers and leaders of horses, rather than trying to further diminish them as pupils.

    Emily Bolton, Trustee, Solicitor, Founded the Innocence Project New Orleans

  • Society would benefit from this sort of intervention earlier, I would like to see it in primary schools.

    K Forrester, Trustee, School Teacher & Head of Year

  • It's great to see an intervention where there is such good evidence of effectiveness.

    Helen Price, Lead Commissioner for Families, Gloucestershire County Council

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