Intuitive Horse Facilitator Training


Intuitive Horse Facilitator Training 


Please see details and testimonials below.


The I.H. Concept:  This is a process by which individuals work with horses to assist them in their personal development through experiential learning whilst being in direct relationship with a horse. This can be done through 1-1 sessions, working with the herd, retreats and workshops. There is a particular emphasis on learning how to quieten the mind and 'be' in a present moment state as well as working with emotional awareness.


Having a herd of 15 horses who live out all year round in as natural an environment as possible allows I.H. to be able to offer a variety of ways to access learning from the horses. Our work is always facilitated with high integrity for the horse and their welfare and this is taught in the I.H.F. training to participants.



Aim of I.H.F. Training:  The course will train people in an understanding and skills required of the I.H. technique to facilitate a 1-1 session with 1 client and 1 horse and setting up their own practice.


The Training: An 18 month Intuitive Horse Facilitator (I.H.F.) training course- with an option to progress to an advanced Intuitive Horse qualification in a second phase of training.


The main areas the I.H.F. Training focuses on:

Understanding the Horse's perspective 

Understanding the Human's perspective

Understanding the role of being a facilitator

Relationship between Horse and Client

Relationship between Horse, Facilitator and Client


The course is divided up into three five day training blocks as well as completing assignments and case studies in-between modules. Individual coaching via phone/skype takes place between modules with the principal. Participants take a written and practical assessment at the end of the training.


What participants will achieve at the end of their training:

Upon successful completion of the training participants will be awarded a certificate of competency and will be able to use the following letters after their name to show this- I.H.F. (Intuitive Horse Facilitator ). They will be able to become a fully insured I.H. facilitator to facilitate 1-1 sessions with insurance company Balens (

Participants who keep their training up to date will be listed on the I.H. website as fully insured I.H. Facilitators.



CPD (continued professional development) is an annual requirement to maintain qualification and will consist of a minimum of 1 days training at I.H. 


Further training to progress to an advanced level focuses on working with groups with one horse or more and working in a herd of horses. Participants must have a minimum of 6 months practice as a qualified facilitator before enrolling.


Requirements: In order to qualify for the I.H.F. training participants will need:


  • To attend a minimum of one three day retreat and a minimum of three individual sessions at Intuitive Horse.
  • Some Personal Development - submitted as part of application. This will be discussed at time of 1-1 interview.
  • The participant must be competent around horses in their handling skills and will be asked to demonstrate this successfully during their interview. This can be done via video/skype. (we can help train people in this area if necessary)
  • Could be beneficial if participant has experience in complimentary therapies or therapy or coaching- but this is not a pre-requisite.
  • Participant must have their own horses or regular access to horses they have their own personal relationship with to complete case studies throughout training and continue working with afterwards.
  • Participant will need to have a first aiders certificate by module 2.


Who trains the participants:

Emma Ross-Owner and founder of Intuitive Horse has been working with people and horses in this way for over 7 years and has over 30 years experience with horses. 

Emma works in facilitating training days for corporate clients, running 3 day personal development retreats and workshops and works with people in a 1-1 capacity in areas such as personal development, anxiety, depression, stress, anorexia, special needs, adolescents, looked after children, people with fears of horses, people wanting to further their connection with horses, therapists and other professionals.

Emma will be bringing in guest speakers at certain points during the course to educate participants in their specialised fields.

An external examiner chairs the exam board at the end.



Training dates for course- 2018/2019


May 23rd-27th 2018

September 12th-16th 2018

March 27th-31st 2019

July 20th-21st 2019


Please contact us if you are interested to attend our 2020 training.




Cost: £4,000- Different payment options available


For further information and an application form please get in touch at 07825 036 301


Testimonials from our participants


" Doing the training has been an amazing experience! Emma is caring, supportive, insightful, incredibly knowledgeable and above all passionate about what she does - everything a great teacher should be! I’ve had so many “lightbulb” moments of insight throughout the training. I feel this work allows us to work with horses and our clients in a very authentic, and heartfelt way! It's only once you've taken a step back that you recognise how much you have grown and developed over the course of the training. I can't recommend the facilitator training highly enough! "

Laurene Fontan Business Owner


“I was drawn towards the Intuitive Horse Facilitator training course because I had read wonderful things about the work over the past couple of years and felt it could be a way of potentially enriching and expanding my practice as a self employed counsellor.  I found it to be an incredible experience on many levels and learned much about myself from the horses’ honest reflections and responses to me.  The training is excellent and sat very well with my person-centred background and there is no doubt that it has helped deepen all my client work.”

Yvonne W Counsellor


“The depth of connection that I have found with the horses for myself and others, through the path this IHF course has taken me on has been extraordinary.  I am more at peace with myself than ever and find the opportunity to share this route to personal development more fulfilling than I could have imagined - Emma has a gift like no other and is so generous in the sharing of it.”

Jo Upton Executive Director- experienced in coaching and leading teams



“This course is not for the casual student; but for those brave enough to commit to IH it is a life changing process that takes you on a journey of self exploration within a safe and loving environment. 

I now have a closer bond than ever with my horses and it wasn’t because of them changing to accommodate me, it was me that changed in my understanding of them and myself. 

Thank you Emma and herd.” 

“Those who understand others are intelligent, but those who understand themselves, are enlightened” 

Lao Tzu

Gwen Ellis-Parri Yoga teacher & Complementary Therapist  


“It started as a Christmas gift for the woman who has everything- three days at an Intuitive Horse retreat. From the moment that I stepped into the Intuitive Horse world, my life has transformed immeasurably and for the better, starting with the decision to enrol on the facilitator training course. In practical terms this has resulted in my own 'Escape to the Country' journey with the recent purchase of a small farmhouse with two paddocks, and the eagerly anticipated re-homing of three rescue horses to form our herd. There have been other, less obvious but equally important shifts: the soothing of a previously anxious, restless mind and a deepened awareness of the richness, depth and stillness alive in each moment. This course has provided a solid framework in which to explore my own internal process, all the while supported by Emma, my peers and a most intuitive herd. It offers up a range of professional possibilities that are, not only attuned to the natural world but, in my experience, highly effective. As I approach my 60th year on planet earth, I look forward to a wonderfully bright and insightful future indeed. And the facilitator course has made all the difference.”

Shivaun Woolfson Counsellor & Family Constellations Facilitator


"I only properly got into horse owning 6 years ago, before that I was a keen but only occasional riding school rider, not having my own horse or having much knowledge about them either. 6 years on I’ve qualified as a facilitator of Intuitive Horse and have small herd of 3 horses. As I look back over the course I am only now fully realising just how much Emma’s training is way beyond what it seems to be on the surface (which is already incredible). Over the years spent with Emma on her retreats and then on the I.H. facilitator course I have learned to read horses and understand their language. Emma has taught me a pure and respectful way of being around these beautiful creatures and helped me to understand their core nature and their ways of communicating. Once you can read a horse, everything changes in how you relate to them. I used to look to ‘natural training methods’ for guidance when I first set out as a horse owner, but now I don’t see them as natural at all. Learning to read the subtlest of signals a horse gives as communication has allowed me to understand them at a profound level and also to find my own way to communicate with them, without the need for methods or training aids. I have learned a different way to be around horses and to allow them to be themselves around me. I can’t recommend this course enough, whether you become a facilitator or not it is a training that will truly enrich your life."

Midi Fairgrieve Counsellor & Founder of Detox International


“ I went on the Intuitive Horse Facilitator training as a horse trainer & teacher wishing to expand on my knowledge and skills. What I got from the course was so much more profound and the experience not only enhanced my understanding of horses, but it allowed for me to understand more about myself.

 Having the opportunity to be guided by Emma and her herd to deepen my knowledge of how horses help people, felt very privileged and it's inspired me to not only review the way that I teach and train, it also allowed me to be far more aware of my own processes and impact that I feed into a horse/human dynamic. I am of the belief that as teachers/trainers, we must try and fully understand how we impact on others and learn to be open to accepting that different people learn in different ways. This course helped me with this. For example, as a trainer/teacher, we are often given an agenda from an owner about what it is they wish to achieve with their horse. It is important to have a goal but it was easy for me to be pulled off track into trying to achieve their goal and not fully listen to the horse-which ultimately leads to the goal with a more fulfilled understanding & deeper relationship.

The IHF course was done at a pace that felt both spacious and safe. The time allowed to add anecdotal examples and input our own experiences, really consolidated the learning for me. The group size of four people was perfect for me and over the three modules, I felt like we formed a unique tribe of people-all who I really saw for who they are and who saw some of me for who I am. This in itself is a powerful experience and Emma facilitates the experience amazingly by allowing and not judging.

Tuning not only to our minds but into the body to understand how we are feeling can provide us with vital information. The IHF course helped me to learn more about how our bodies respond to certain situations and how to then work with it. The horses at Intuitive horse helped me to access my visceral experiences, as they are such great teachers of how to 'be' in the moment and 'be' in your body as that is where horses operate from. 

I cannot thank Emma, Cam, Gypsy, Skye & the wonderful herd enough for setting up the IHF training course and giving me this opportunity to expand. I have no doubt that my horse clients, and ultimately their horses will benefit from the fact that I have taken part on this course, which has helped me understand horse/human dynamics on a deeper level. 

The course taught me to slow down and listen. Then trust. Then the answers do come. This applies to both my horse training & teaching and to myself!”

Catherine Bray Horse trainer and teacher