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Equine Facilitated Practitioner Training

May 6 @ 10:30 am - May 10 @ 4:30 pm


Equine Facilitated Practitioner Training

May 6th @ 10:30 am – May 10th @ 4:30 pm




Equine Facilitated Practitioner Training.  At Horse Haven Uk we offer an accredited, in depth, 5 day practical equine facilitated practitioner training.

The practical training is followed by ongoing support and mentoring.

Most of our work is outdoors but we do have a cosy wood burner in our workshop for those moments when we need to warm up and have a hot cuppa.

Due to the practical nature of our equine facilitated practitioner training previous students have left with the confidence to use the skills learned and have gone on to develop very successful businesses.

Suzannah created the course, as a result of seeing many positive outcomes with clients from EFL sessions and group self-development days.

The diploma is accredited by the Institute of Animal Care Education.

The training is also approved and accredited with CPD (Continuing Professional Development). It carries 35 hours CPD.

We are endorsed by ACCPH (Accredited Counselors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists) and your diploma will entitle you to membership of their organisation.

The HHUK diploma will also enable you to obtain the necessary insurance as an EFL Practitioner at a discounted price. Details are given on successful completion of training.



5 Days Training in Somerset, near Glastonbury


The equine facilitated practitioner training involves classroom work. We will discuss requirements for setting up your business.The selection, training and care of the therapy horses  is a very important part of the training. 
We also look at effective ways to market your business.
You will learn to set up a variety of courses for specific needs to ensure you are confident to create the right environment for your future clients. Thus, enabling them get the greatest benefits from their experience with the horses. 
The practical hands on experience with our therapy horses will, by the end of the week give you confidence in your abilities.
Assessments are ongoing throughout the training. Day 5 is your final assessment when you will work with case  studies which we provide.
Case studies are volunteers who come along to experience the benefits of Equine Facilitated Learning. They will then give you valuable feedback on your final assessment.
If successful in the assessments you will receive a diploma from Horse Haven Uk and 35 hours CPD.
The Horse Haven UK diploma will enable you to get insurance for your future business at a reduced rate.


On receipt of your equine facilitated practitioner diploma you are invited to join Horse Haven Uk EFL Practitioner Group. This is a private facebook group for Equine Facilitated  Practitioners to share ideas and offer support to each other.
We are a happy, friendly group and aim to offer friendship, help and support to one another.  
Support and mentoring is available on an ongoing basis  from the Horse Haven Uk team.
Should any student not meet the final requirements they will be offered an opportunity to come back for 1 or 2 days to work on the areas that didn’t quite meet the standard of assessment.
A list of local accommodation is available to anyone wishing to attend.


Your tutor is Suzannah Leighton. Horse Handlers and support team are David Taylor and Mareile Bowditch and of course, not forgetting the amazing therapy horses.


















Suzannah is a qualified Hypnotherapist and Lead Trainer at Haven Hypnotherapy Academy. She is a Certified Kinetic Shift Practitioner and Master Practitioner of NLP (neuro linguistic programming). Suzannah has over 20 years experience as a therapist and has also trained in equine facilitated therapy.

David comes from a military background and has experience working with PTSD. He is an excellent horseman and will teach you the necessary skills required for horse handling in an EFL session.  David is a riding and carriage driving instructor and is a qualified veterinary assistant.
Mareile is a counselor, hypnotherapist and experienced horse handler.
All team members are qualified EFL Facilitators and experienced horse handlers. Throughout the week we are here to support and encourage you.
Please don’t hesitate to address any problems you might have with members of the team. Our  roles are to help you and ensure you have a positive experience.
Ongoing support is available for anyone that has successfully completed the course. You will have access to Suzannah by email and telephone.  We are always available to help with any enquiries, issues that may arise for you and advice you may need.
Groups are kept small so everyone gets individual support during the 5 days.

The cost of the 5 day training is £1,350.00 and a non-refundable deposit of £350 is required on booking.  The balance is due 4 weeks before commencement of the course. On successful completion of the diploma and due to  the practical elements of the training we are sure you will be confident and competent in your ability to use the skills learned to help others. 

BE SURE TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE and join our Happy Team. 

Ring Suzannah today on 07545 139009

For more information please email suzannah@horsehavenuk.com.  I will then send you an overview of the week and methods of payment.




emma allen

Over the years I have attended many courses and training events. I have never left any others feeling so empowered to use the information given.

Sally Morris

I can honestly say this was one of the best and most enjoyable weeks of my life! The team at HorseHaven U.K. are welcoming, professional and perceptive.
I’d been looking for a course to combine my psychology background and love of horses and had tried taster days elsewhere. None had met my expectations until I came here.
I left the course with a fuller understanding of its principles, confident and keen to start with my partner. Knowing that support is ongoing beyond the course is another positive.
A huge bonus was the incredible group of women I worked with and laughed with who were also on the course.
The only negative was leaving… But thankfully there are lots of other courses to tempt me back!
If you are thinking of doing EFL training – do it here and don’t hesitate!

Lisa Broome

Did the EFL Diploma with Suzannah at Horse Haven UK and it was everything she says it will be…and more! It was honestly transformational. The learning is done in an organic way, surrounded by support and encouragement. This makes it hugely powerful and I came away energised on an emotional level as well as raring and ready to go with my own equine facilitated learning business.

Carole Guy

I was welcomed immediately (along with Foxy the dog) – the course & tutors were extremely good, very knowledgable & patient…. The content was full & explicit taken step by step ….
The trainers encouraged us from day one to work as a team & the team became close, supporting each other when necessary. Enjoyed the week & happy to have the qualification – so glad to have met everyone ….. if your thinking about going on any of the courses … don’t think about it – DO IT !!

Kirsty Edwards

I had a fab week of forward thinking self-exploration with Suzannah and David and the herd. I met some amazing and inspiring people and most of all, was able to bring my previous horse knowledge together into something that excites me for the future. Would definitely recommend.

Marcel Batalla Olivé

Amazed by this training course (Equine Facilitated Learning) we’ve just passed. Very professional and well conducted to make each student skilled and capable to help people by counting on the horses help. Indeed! there is a huge difference when you can learn from someone very knowledgeable. What it is not mentioned is the huge amount of lives this course is going to help thanks to the skills that the students acquire

Ellen Meeson

Whether you are looking for a different approach to the world of horses or some help making sense of it, Suzannah and her team are brilliant, and very supportive. Thoroughly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about EFL.

Sandra Robinson

I had been looking for a year to find a non commercial, no nonsense EFL course which was also affordable and this course was recommended from people who work in the EFL field. The team at Horse Haven were very supportive and were determined to make it work for everyone. I also enjoyed some one to one coaching time with David and Suzannah and could not have felt in safer hands. The horses were lovely to work with and the team have the well being of the horses as a priority. As a total bonus the home made lunches were just lovely. Give them a call. Don’t hesitate.

rachel hartopp

Had the most fantastic time this week completing the EFL Diploma. Highly recommended.


Thank you to Suzannah, my professional confidence was on the floor and your patience and professionalism helped me to get back to where I wanted to be. Massively recommend horse haven uk to anyone wanting time, space and support to grow and development. Thank you x

Sorel T

Well! What can I say about this place? I went on an EFL course taking all of my baggage with me, trust me I have a lot!! I was greeted with so much love and support from both human and equine that I came away a very different person indeed.  Cannot praise them enough and cannot recommend them highly enough either! The horses are amazingly happy and relaxed, always ready to help the needy and sometimes when the needy don’t even know they are needy!! I am not a people person but I would happily spend the rest of my life in the company of the Horsehaven crew because there is absolutely no judgement or pressure, when I was ready, they were waiting with kindness and love. I will be going back!!

Lisa Deacon

Beautifully trained horses and professional tutors.
Lots of individual attention and plenty of practical assessments. Treated to a scrummy lunch everyday. I have taken many skills away with me and can now have the confidence to apply them. Well recommended


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25 Ashcott Road, Meare
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