Profession, vocation and personal development

  • Would you like to steer your love of horses into a professional career?
  • Do you feel called to work with people and/or horses?
  • Are you already working in this field and would like to further your education?

Then our training programme could be just the thing for you!

Horse-assisted coaching has become increasingly popular over the last two decades. And rightly so, because it can lead to very profound and sustainable success - provided it is applied competently and responsibly.
The job title "coach" is not protected. There are no legally prescribed requirements for the competence of a coach. Anyone who feels called to do so can call themselves a coach. The use of horses is also not clearly regulated. However, not everything that is legally permitted is also ethically justifiable.In coaching, as in therapy, we work with the human psyche. But that is exactly what can be easily wounded. A coach should therefore know exactly what he/she is doing. Otherwise, it can lead to serious emotional disturbances and trauma for the client. It requires expertise, empathy and great sensitivity to be able to constructively support the profound processes that arise between the client and the horse. It also requires sound knowledge and experience in order to integrate the horse as a co-coach and partner in a meaningful way without instrumentalising it or misinterpreting its behaviour.

With the appropriate expertise, horse-assisted coaching can achieve a great deal of good and contribute to a significant improvement in the client's quality of life.

What is special about the HALE® education programs

What should a solid training programme in horse-assisted coaching include to ensure that you emerge competent?

At HALE® you will receive solid training and further education in which you will acquire the professional skills and be optimally prepared for working with people and horses.
I have been training coaches in "Horse-assisted liberal coaching" for over 20 years. I consider the following specialist knowledge and acquired skills to be indispensable basic competences for working with people and horses:

  • Knowledge of what coaching is, what its strengths are and also its limitations. Furthermore, a clear distinction from psychotherapy, as coaches do not have a licence to heal.
  • Learning a non-judgemental coaching language, because serious coaching refrains from any judgement, opinion or advice.
  • The ability to support the resulting processes in human-horse encounters in a constructive, truthful and appreciative manner.
  • Learning by doing. Practice, practice, practice. And lots of video analysis. This requires small training groups and individualised training.
  • Knowledge of the horse's nature and behaviour. The ability to use horse language when dealing with horses and to build a partnership that is horse-friendly.
  • Clarification of personal areas of conflict and interference, because a coach who has worked on his own "problem fields" serves others best.
You will find these and other elements in my "Basic Coach" training programme. Specially designed for beginners. Afterwards, you can continue your training to become an "Advanced Coach".