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Genuine Horse Development Course

Genuine Horse Development Course
Genuine Horse Development Course 2021

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE BEST COACHING AND ADVANCE YOU AND YOUR HORSE'S EDUCATION

What is the Genuine Horse Development Course?

The GHDC is a 6-module programme focussing on the six key elements of training:

  • Basic Horsemanship Skills 
  • Ground Work
  • In Hand Skills
  • Lunging
  • Riding
  • Liberty


The course includes:

  • Six theory modules and demo sessions over a two day period (weekdays or weekends) that you can either attend in person here at Student of the Horse HQ or from the comfort of your laptop (via Zoom). 
  • Each Module equates to approximately two hours of one to one coaching in the arena, which can now take place either following a theory module and demo session, or at a mutually convenient Training Day later in the month. It will also now be possible to attend your training days in a one on one capacity or in a small group where you’re able to observe each other’s work. Alternatively if you’d rather not travel at all you can film your own work and schedule a feedback session via Zoom for each Module.
  • Your horses board, or access to school horses, allowing you to experience exercises ahead of you and/or your own horses age and stage.
  • Additional one-to-one private coaching at a discounted hourly rate, either in person or via Zoom.
  • The opportunity to observe Arran’s ‘Foal to Professor’ journey with multiple horses and stallions of different ages, either in person or via the private Facebook Group.
  • Access to our upcoming Coaching Video Library, which will include recordings of each and every Module of the GHDC (should you be unable to attend either live or via Zoom), as well as additional content, including ‘how to’ guides. It will also include access to all recorded footage from the GHDC 2020 Modules.
  • Regular opportunities to holiday with your horse at Student of the Horse HQ in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.
  • An online folder containing detailed notes and diagrams of the six training components.
  • Access to optional testing and assessment days to track your ongoing progress as well as unlimited email support.
  • The cumulative benefit of joining a well-established course now entering its sixth year, which will give you confidence and experience in the following training components:


Module 1: The Art of Basic Horsemanship Skills


Mastering your Basic Horsemanship Skills will give you the foundations on which your horses academic education can be built. Heightening your awareness and developing a sense of effortless effort, way beyond what you ever thought possible.


Module 2: The Art of Groundwork

By taking the time to study and Master Groundwork according to the Great Masters, you will Achieve Balance, Symmetry and Confidence. 



Module 3: The Art of In Hand work

This course enables you to develop a complete understanding of the Academic Framework of the aids before starting Lunging or Ridden work.

In-Hand work will strengthen your Combined Body Awareness and give you and your horse a more Complete Understanding of each other’s strengths and limitations.



Module 4: The Art of Lunging

This course provides you with the skills to assess and develop all three gaits, improves Rhythm, Balance, Tempo and Relaxation.

Lunging without knowledge can be very detrimental to your horse’s mind and body, but The Art of Lunging can transform your horse’s way of going immeasurably.



Module 5: The Art of Riding

By Mastering the previous modules your horse will be Calm, Relaxed with the Knowledge of how to Rebalance Himself and adjust his Point Of Mass. 

It is because of your great preparation in the previous 4 modules that whether it’s a First Ride or your one hundredth ride you will both move away from the mounting block in complete Balance, Confidence and Togetherness.



Module 6: The Art of Liberty

As in life, a complete understanding brings more Freedom.

In this course, you will truly reap the rewards of taking the time to progress your Combined Body Awareness.

We will enable you to experience complete Freedom, in shared understanding between you and your horse. A Truly Life Changing Experience.



Participant Feedback

"From the moment I arrived at student of the horse I knew that something magic was going to happen. We have achieved things that I never thought I would be able to do, for example riding bareback and liberty work! 

If you are really passionate about the true wellbeing of your horse and want to gain a full understanding of how to build and deepen this relationship and achieved things you never dreamed of I would encourage you to start your journey now..." 

Petra O' Hara 


"For anyone wishing to improve their horse’s posture, gait, straightness and core in a fun and illuminating way this is exactly the programme you need. Whether you have worked or been with horses for many years or only days this programme offers insight into the different ways you can work with and communicate with your horse from the ground, ridden and at liberty in a non-judgmental and totally supportive and friendly environment" 

Joanne Thomas (ODP) (MA, BSc (Hons), HEA Fellow, SEDA) 




2021 Dates

While the six month format of the GHDC will not change, in 2021 you now have the option to pick from a selection of weekend or weekday dates to better suit your availability. You also have the option of attending the theory and demonstration either in person (with your horse or a teaching horse) or via Zoom. If you do choose to join via Zoom you will then be able to schedule a training day in order to receive your allotted arena time, either with your horse or with one of our teaching horses. Alternatively if you’d rather not travel at all you can film your own work and schedule feedback session via Zoom for the two hours training time allotted per Module. 

Please specify whether you would prefer a weekend or a weekday course using the comments box below, though there is of course the option to attend either depending on what is convenient for you. 



Pay Monthly:

£191.00 per month for 11 months (for returning delegates)

£199.00 per month for 11 months (for new delegates)

If you are planning to attend the course with another family member we are now pleased to offer you both a combined rate of £291 per month for 11 months.

In order to maintain the intimate and dedicated nature of the Genuine Horse Development Course we only have limited spaces left for 2021. If your application does not get accepted this time you may still get accepted at a later date. 


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