Society of Equine Behaviour Consultants
Accredited Equine Behaviour Course
- Key elements of horse behaviour
- The practical application of this knowledge to managing and training horses
- Safety and welfare issues
- Solving equine behaviour problems
- The required professional practice for Registered Equine Behaviour Consultants.
This is one of those courses which has the ability to change your life; and the lives of the horses around you. Each module is like a jigsaw puzzle which creates a full picture for each topic. Add each module together and what you have at the end is a truly insightful picture…. knowledge, wisdom, empathy and a totally new way of being with your horse. Felicity is definitely a teacher ‘who can’. She has made the course unique and challenges your ethics and beliefs in such a way that is refreshing and empowering. Felicity is a constant source of advice, support and encouragement! Then you go home and put theory into practice….the rewards are massive because you get true and honest feedback from the most important participant. Your horse(s)! So sign up today….you won’t regret it!
This course has opened my eyes and make me notice the little things and signs your horse gives you and other horses around you to make the overall experience when dealing with horses an enjoyable one, and I will use everything I have learned in future work with horses to make it more pleasant for both myself and horses.
This course has taught me so much about how horses interact with each other and why, including with ourselves. They try so hard to communicate with us but on many occasions we don't understand. I feel I am now in a better position to listen when they are trying to tell us they are in pain or a nervous. Understanding these signs and knowing how to deal with them is the key to happy, healthy horses and humans.
Felicity George is one of those rare teachers that make you want to gallop out of the classroom and straight into your horses paddock to put theory into practice. I liken her to Julia Roberts’ character in the film Mona Lisa Smile: someone who wants to make a difference, someone who isn’t afraid to be vulnerable, someone with heart, but most importantly someone who wants to help people be the best that they can be. Now more than ever, I want to use the skills that I have acquired on this equine behaviour course to help horses live a more comfortable and peaceful life. This is a course that every horse owner should enrol on.
I think it's a big eye opener and great insight into the world of your horse and inspires to help create better relationships between horses and humans!
I've been involved in every single aspect of horses for almost 20 years, worked with horses in 3 different counties. English, western, competitive and leisure and I thought I had the understanding I needed to progress my equestrian professional development. Coming on this course I have realised how much I have been missing! Joining those missing dots has helped clarify and resolve training issues, and identify tensions that I hadn't previously seen. Overall it's been invaluable.
In addition to the 'core' modules, which present required information for the completion of portfolio work and sitting the SEBC examination, where time permits on Sunday afternoons new, non-'core' material will also be presented covering topics such as 'bad science' - how to evaluate research and 'scientific' claims; clicker training - pros and cons, is it always 'positive' for the horse?; mental health and well-being in animals; and an examination of how 'modern' riding techniques may impact upon the horse's well-being and behaviour.
This Course is accredited professional training for the Society of Equine Behaviour Consultants (SEBC) Professional Training Certificate examination (PTC), which is required for professional registration with SEBC as an Equine Behaviour Consultant in the UK (see www.societyofequinebehaviourconsultants.co.uk). Ten satisfactory Portfolio pieces are required for entry to the PTC examination and the Course has been structured so that each Module covers a corresponding Portfolio piece. For those who wish to proceed to the professional examination and registration, full guidance is given on completion of the required Portfolio pieces.
The course is taught by Felicity George. In some modules, there will be additional tutors who are experts in other relevant fields including Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapists and SMS Qualified Saddle Fitters.
All Applications are considered on individual merit. Degree level qualifications in an appropriate animal science based subject such as equine studies, agriculture science, veterinary medicine, and other animal sciences such as biology, physiology, genetics or psychology will be an advantage.
Applicants with sufficient professional experience in the horse industry, or horse owners with broad ranging practical experience with horses and relevant professional skills from other disciplines, such as teaching and education, nursing, law, childcare, social work, counselling, police work etc. are also likely to be successful.
Applicants should complete and return the application form to the address on the form. Please fill in each section as fully as possible and add C.V. or extra sheets with further information if necessary. The more information is provided, the more likely an application is to be successful. Two references will be required. Successful applicants will receive further information about the Course and be invited to register to secure their place. Numbers are limited to 12 students per year.
Fees are £195 per Module or £162.50 per month by Direct Debit.
Fees are not refundable but missed Modules which have been paid for may be taken in the following year without further fees.
Full guidance on reaching the required standard in the portfolio work is included in the fees. Also included in the fees are refreshments, telephone and email support throughout the year and access to an extensive library of books and DVDs on equine behaviour and related topics.
Portfolio assessment fees (currently £25 per module) and Exam fees (currently £275) are payable separately to SEBC.
Please do not send fees with your application. Successful applicants will be advised on how to pay when registering.