Horse Bit Fit Academy 

Bit/Bridle Fitting 

Intro and Consultant courses

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

LANTRA, and HBFA Certification


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 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 Associate Member listing in EAPER.
The HBFA 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 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. 
LANTRA ACCREDITATION - £345..... Combined with the above Certificates £375
LANTRA ACCREDITATION - £545 ..... Combined with the above £575
TOTAL FEES FOR INTRO AND ADVANCED, and qualification to be a Consultant :
If you're based in Scotland you may get funding for our Courses from LANTRA Scotland. Apply to them direct:
Deposits £50, non returnable, can be paid to secure your place on the month of your choice in UK. Overseas full payment is required. Both 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, and £50 deposit (non returnable). 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 3/4 questions 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 HBFA Knowledge, that is used in 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. NB: It is possible to do the Courses on a Mobile Phone, but it is advised probably easier on something you can read from easily, and do Word Docs or similar.
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 on Consultation Struture available. 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 APRIL 2023, for Course starting 28th APRIL 2023. There are student waiting lists for every month from JANUARY 2023 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 MARCH 2023, for Course starting 18th MARCH 2023.

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 . 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.