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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. 

Current Job Opportunities

Full-time or part-time facilitator job opportunity at our Weymouth HQ as a member of our team.

The Gloucester hub is looking for a new CEO / lead facilitator

Facilitator Training

Our training is free of charge as our charitable aim is to spread the benefit of our work as widely as possible.  We also support those who have the skills and potential to open and run their own centre. There are often opportunities for trained facilitators to get paid work at our centre or one of our supported hubs.

Those interested in training to deliver our programmes, please register your interest by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Before offering you our training, we will need to assess your horsemanship. We want to see a 5 minute video of you with a horse on a loose rope (or if you want to show off, at liberty) performing the following tasks:

1. Walk, trot, weave, halt and backup in harmony shoulder to shoulder 

2. Put one hoof on a specific spot (beermat, sport dot etc) which is 3-4 metres away without moving your feet.

3. Move the horse sideways away from you without any physical contact.

The best way to submit this is to upload it to Youtube or vimeo and email us the link. <Coming soon> is a sample video showing the three tasks at a good level.

Depending on your horsemanship skills and background we will suggest one of three options:
  • Work on your horsemanship and come back soon
  • Join our intensive horsemanship support, in person and web-based
  • Dive straight into our 3 day Theory Training, followed by shadowing our facilitators in participant sessions (subject to assessments at all stages)

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

We offer a 2 hour training in our specialism - reading non-verbal clues to emotions and having practical strategies to help yourself or others to shift to a more functional state. This is available to the public as well as professionals in mental health, education or social care. It is a fun, interactive workshop – you will learn lots about yourself, your family and friends, and how to maintain harmony at home and at work!

Book a place on one of our upcoming courses (in person or zoom) 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.

Professional taster sessions

For professionals in mental health, education or social care. A tour of our site, a hands on horse session (for those in the group who wish to) and information of when and how to refer.

Book a place at Eventbrite. FOC

  • 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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