Duration: 2 day (aprox. 6h per day)
- $1500 for Riders and Handlers (costs for workshops may vary; price includes Evaluation Phase for participants that decide to become Horse Boy Method Practitioners)
- $495 for non-riders ($250 day 1 and $250 day 2 — does not qualify to become a Practitioner)
Qualification for: 1* Star Horse Boy Method Practitioner
- Therapeutic riding instructors
- Riders with an interest in Autism
- Equine professionals
- Completed Horse Boy Method 1 as Rider
- Age 16 and older; neuro-typical only (for young adults on the spectrum check with your trainer regarding participation)
- Must be able to comfortably ride at walk, trot, and canter.
- Must be able to go on fast trail ride at walk and trot over steep banks and slopes
What will be covered in Horse Boy Method 2?
In this 2 day workshop we cover our proven system of preparing a safe, sound and fit back-riding horse that you can rely on when working with children with autism. It is important that you follow a system of lunging, in hand and ridden work to ensure safety of everybody involved. This course goes step by step into how to make your horse a back-riding horse. This system works for any type of horse and you will see us working here with backyard cowponies, Warmbloods, Iberians and crosses in between.
- Theory and basic rules of collection according to the Old Masters: We use the La Gueriniere, Oliviera, and Steinbrecht approaches
- How to muscle the horse’s back through lunging
- How to show the horse how to carry himself and how to show the rider classical contact through introduction to shoulders in and travers
- How to eliminate the three points of resistance on the horse (jaw, poll, and quarters) without force
- How to make the horse easy off the hand and leg through count down exercises at walk and trot
- How to achieve the smooth canter transition and the smooth transition from canter to walk
- How to backride over natural country without losing the horse’s balance
- How to answer any questions the horse might ask while backriding
- How to teach the horse neck-reining for easy one handed riding
- How to negotiate steep banks and slopes at the trot one handed using the seat to balance the horse
What to bring
- If you ride, please bring proper riding attire (boots, jeans or other riding pants, helmet, gloves etc)
- Please bring plenty of water to drink and something to snack on.
- Notebook and pen