Horse Boy Method 2: Preparing & Creating the Back-Riding Horse

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

Designed for:

  • 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

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