Professional Equine Behaviourist Training

Each student accepted for this training will be individually mentored and assisted in developing the knowledge, practical skills and confidence required to go out and practice as a behaviourist.


Professional Equine Behaviourist Training

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Our Courses

Our Equine Behaviour Courses aim to equip students with the knowledge & skills to manage, handle & train horses, keeping both their mental and physical welfare in mind.

Our courses are for anyone who wants to learn more about equine behaviour. Whether you are a horse owner or a professional in the equine industry; for anyone who spends time with horses, our courses are essential!!

We also offer ‘Beyond Behaviourism’ webinars every 3 months, free to supporting members for the first year.

About The Course

The professional equine behaviourist training offered by EBA is a mixture of classroom work and practical ‘on the job’ training.

Each student accepted for this training will be individually mentored and assisted in developing the knowledge, practical skills and confidence required to go out and practice as a behaviourist.

Students on this course will already have learned most of the theory required to help horses with behaviour problems.

To practice as a behaviourist, considerable additional skills in working with clients and other equine professionals are required; these will be covered firstly in the classroom. Following this, students will attend visits to clients with an EBA accredited behaviourist.

In the first instance, the student will just observe the process.

Then the student will progressively take over parts of the process, as judged to be appropriate by the behaviourist they are working with, until they feel confident and competent to work alone, and are assessed by EBA assessors as such.

Who is the Training For?

Anyone who wishes to practice as an equine behaviourist, and has already passed the foundation course or can demonstrate equivalent knowledge and practical skills.

Application Process

Students who have already passed the EBA Applied Behaviour Course can submit an application for a place on this course.

Working as a behaviourist requires more than the knowledge and skills covered in the EBA Applied Behaviour Course, and the application process ensures that the applicant has both a good breadth and depth of experience working with horses and the potential to develop the skills needed to work with clients and other equine professionals.

If the applicant’s skills or experience are not considered to be sufficient at this stage, guidance on how to reach the level required will be given, and support provided where possible.

Applicants who have not completed our Applied Behaviour Course should contact us for information on the application process in this case.

Where applications are unsuccessful, advice on further training or experience to meet the required standard will be given.

There will be a strictly limited number of places every year, to ensure that students get the support and time they need from EBA.


The full course costs £1,500.

This includes the three modules, up to 12 visits to clients, and assessment of coursework and final examination.

If additional client visits are required, these will be charged at £45 per visit.

Assessment and Qualification

Each module will have coursework attached, which will be assessed by EBA assessors. Each piece of coursework should take roughly 20 hours to complete.

An additional project will be required, for example showing full retraining of a fear issue with a familiar horse, and some training that is new to the horse.

3 of the cases the student attends with a behaviourist should be written up fully, including a case history and client report.

The EBA accredited behaviourist qualification will be awarded to students who successfully complete the coursework, complete the mentoring programme and are further assessed as competent to practice at one client visit attended by an EBA examiner.


All modules will be 12 hours unless otherwise stated


Students will already be practiced in understanding and helping horses to improve both mental well-being and behaviour.

This module looks at how we expand this to help other people to do the same.

We’ll look at effective approaches towards helping clients to help their horses; changing attitudes, developing skills and empathy, and adding to their knowledge of equine behaviour.


This module will look at the whole process of addressing a behaviour problem. From the first contact a client makes, to taking a case history, practical assessment, helping with retraining and other changes, and further support.

Examples of cases will be discussed and worked through, to prepare the student for their first client visits.


A behaviourist will often need to refer client’s horses to other professionals; vets, saddle fitters, farriers, riding instructors, physiotherapists, nutritionists to name a few.

This module discusses best practice in this area. Issues such as what qualifications to look for, when to refer, how to communicate effectively with both the client and other professionals involved will be covered.

Other aspects of professional practice, such as insurance and health and safety requirements will also be covered in this module.


As mentioned above, the student will progress from attending visits with an EBA accredited behaviourist to working with clients with support from an EBA accredited behaviourist

1. Attendance at a minimum of 3 cases (these can be ‘training’ cases rather than new clients. These sessions will be observation only. Once both student and mentor are comfortable that the process is understood and the student is ready to start practising, we move on to stage

2. Involvement with a minimum of 5 cases. Again these can be ‘training’ cases. The student progressively does more of the work under supervision.

The last 3 cases should be run by the student without the attending behaviourist needing to intervene. The final case will also be attended by an EBA examiner. 3 of the cases handled by the student should be fully written up (recording information gathered, diagnosis, treatment plan, client report and reflections on the case). or their first client visits.


Join EBA

EBA is committed to supporting members through professional accreditation, education and opportunities for development.

We have 3 levels of Membership:

  • Supporter
  • EBA Student
  • Professional

Visit our Membership Page for details on what each level offers and how to join.

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Join as a Supporter

For any individuals who are interested in equine behaviour but who are not practising as an EBA Accredited Equine Behaviourist.

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For anyone currently training with the EBA. You can join EBA as a student by registering and being accepted for any of our courses.