Horse Bit Fit Academy 

Bit/Bridle Fitting 

Intro and Consultant courses


Horse Bit Fit Academy Intro and Advanced Bit/Bridle Fitting Knowledge Courses

LANTRA, UKRS, and CPD accreditation available, alongside HBFA Certification

ALL THE COURSES ARE ONLINE, AND SELF LEARN.

Who is the course for?

HBF Intro Bit/Bridle Fitting Knowledge is for Riders, Owners, Grooms, and anyone involved within the Equine industry, wanting to expand, and update their knowledge of Bridle, and Bit Fitting, to improve welfare of the horse, horse's way of going, biomechanics, performance, also communication between horse and rider. It doesn't matter if you just hack once a week, compete at a high level, or work in an equestrian environment,  you will get so much from this course.
HBF Advanced LANTRA Accredited/HBFA Certified Consultant Course, is a follow on from our Intro Course. Enhancing your Bit and Bridle fitting knowledge to a standard, and recognised Accreditation required, to run your own business as a Consultant on Bit and Bridle Fitting. 

Accreditations available, and who they are aimed at, and fees.

The HBFA Certificate, available from February 1st 2022 is for those students that don't require, or need LANTRA, but want the same standard of training, especially overseas. Achieving Distinction with this Certificate in the Intro Course will open up enrolment on the Advanced Consultant Course. An HBFA Certificate can be Achieved on the Advanced again with Distinction, to certify the student can Consult. This Certificate will also enable either Basic or Associate Member listing in EAPER.
The CPD Accredited Intro Course, can be used for CPD equivalent to 20 hours/points. This is suited to anyone requiring CPD hours/points with their employment, or for their own personal development. 
The UKRS Accredited Intro Course, is aimed at Grooms, employees in large, and small equestrian yards, or anyone needing a Rural Skill qualification to advance their career in the industry. 
The LANTRA Accredited Intro Course, can be used to enhance an established existing Business in the UK. It is not a stand alone Bit/Bridle Fitting qualification to Consult on Bit/Bridle Fitting. However the Accreditation does enable the student to follow up with the Advanced LANTRA Bit and Bridle Fitting Consultant Course. Accreditation also enables Associate Membership of EAPER.
HBFA Certificate in the Intro will not open up enrolment for LANTRA Accreditation on the Consultant Course, LANTRA must be acquired, but an HBFA Certificate will open up enrolment for HBFA Certificate in Advanced Consultant Course. 
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FEES FROM 1ST FEBRUARY 2022
INTRO COURSE FEES:
CPD - UKRS - HBFA CERTIFICATE - One or combination of these Certificates £295
LANTRA ACCREDITATION - £345 ..... Combined with one of the above Certificates £375
ADVANCED COURSE FEES:
CPD - HBFA CERTIFICATES - One or both Certificates £495
LANTRA ACCREDITATION - £545 ..... Combined with one of the above £575
TOTAL FEES FOR INTRO AND ADVANCED, and qualification to be a Consultant :
HBFA CERTIFICATE £790
LANTRA ACCREDITATION £890
LANTRA AND HBFA £950
If you're based in Scotland you may get funding for our Courses from LANTRA Scotland. Apply to them direct: 
https://www.scotland.lantra.co.uk/women-agriculture-practical-training-fund
Deposits £50, non returnable, can be paid to secure your place on the month of your choice. These are transferable to another month. Full payment must be made before Course can be logged on to.
Fees must be paid before taking the Course. Once you have logged on there is no refund. Should you change your mind before logging in the first time, within 14 days cooling off period. Refund would be available minus £50 admin charge. The Course must be completed within time limit specified, 2 months from Course start date. 

Are qualifications needed to take the course?

No qualifications are needed, to take the Intro, and very little knowledge of Bits and Bridle Fitting. Mainly a passion to understand how they can affect a horse, if not the right choice for the horse, and not fitted correctly. The less "old school" knowledge you have is probably better, as this course will question most of what you've learned before.
Intro Bit/Bridle Fitting Course must be taken, and Distinction acquired before taking Advanced Bit and Bridle Fitting Consultant Course 

What does it cover?

All the Courses are written by Carol Cobbett herself, Founder of Horse Bit Fit, with the back up of research, and science, which is now coming to the forefront of a horse's ridden welfare. It will take you from a Basic History of Bits, through several Brands, different Designs of both Bits and Bridles. Types of Nosebands and Bits. How they should be fitted correctly. How a horse maybe affected if they are not fitted correctly. Why horse's react in certain ways to badly fitted Bits, and Bridles. How pressure points from Bits and Bridles affect horses. Anatomy, and conformation of a horse's head, and mouth. It will dispel many Bit and Bridle Fitting Myths. In fact everything that is needed to correctly fit Bit and Bridle to a horse to improve it's welfare in ridden work, behaviour, and way of going. It is not based on equations, maths, percentages to baffle you, but excellent on hand knowledge, collected, learnt, and used on thousands of horses over many many years of Consultations, achieving amazing results.

How long will it take?

The Intro Course is solely online, self learn, it is available via Google Classroom App also. Consists of 21 sections, with 3/4questions in each. A section will take from an hour to maybe 2 hours to complete. Notes and research will need to be read to source the answers, explaining, and teaching the HBF Knowledge, that is used in our Consultations. It would need to be completed in approx 8 weeks, depending on any other commitments you may have. There is a resit facility available, should this be necessary at subsidised fee of £125.
The Advanced Course is solely online, it is available via Google Classroom App also. Consists of 10 discussion, essay questions, and a submitted case study. 20 - 40 hours work over 2 months. PDF will be available with all the notes, research, this can be kept for reference. A Q&A Session via Zoom. Advice on how to set up a Consultancy also provided. Access to a horse is required.

What can I hope to achieve taking it?

By the end of the courses you should understand how to make the right choices of Bits and Bridles. How to fit them correctly for optimum comfort, welfare in ridden work, and performance of the horse. It will help you understand when problems are encountered in ridden work, how these can relate to Bits and Bridles, and what adjustments can be made to solve issues, and prevent others occurring. 

The Intro can lead up to taking Advanced LANTRA Consultant Course, and then Consulting, should you wish.

When will it be available, and how do I book? 

Next Intro Course Enrolment 20th AUGUST 2022, for Course starting 28th AUGUST 2022. There are student waiting lists for every month from JANUARY 2022 onwards, and deposits are being taken to secure a place on the month required to start. Course places are limited. 

Next Advanced Course Enrolment 10th SEPTEMBER 2022, for Course starting 18th SEPTEMBER 2022.

Both Courses are available to enrol monthly, and every month except December. So if you miss a start date, or can't fit it in at certain time of the year, there will be others chances regularly. To receive updates please subscribe to HBF emails, or register your interest to book, enrol on horsebitfitacademy@gmail.com . Really easy to enrol, and join Course, and complete within the timescale. Payment is by Bank Transfer, or Debit/Credit Card link if overseas. Login details, and code to use for signing in to Google Classroom Course, and also HBF Knowledge notes, links, research, and a Welcome Page on this website are given out Course start date.