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 

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 this 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 attend an interview for a place on this course. 

Working as a behaviourist requires not only the knowledge and skills covered in the EBA Applied Behaviour Course, but a good breadth and depth of experience working with horses. 

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 fill in an application form and may then be invited to attend an interview.

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.  

Delivery 

This training will be delivered in a bespoke manner, adapting to best suit the student’s needs and situation.

Modules may be delivered to small groups, or 1-1 and some material may be delivered remotely where this is effective.  

Pricing 

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. 

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.  

Modules

All modules will be 12 hours unless otherwise stated.

Module 1 : Working with Clients

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.  

Module 2 : The Process of Treating a Behaviour Problem

 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. 

Module 3 : Professional Practice and Working with other Equine Professionals

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.  

Attending Client Visits

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).   

Join as a Supporter

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

Student Membership

For anyone currently training with the EBA.