BECOME A BITLESS BRIDLE FITTER & COACH

BECOME A BITLESS BRIDLE FITTER & COACH​

BECOME A BITLESS BRIDLE FITTER & COACH​

What You'll learn....

Learn advanced bitless bridle fitting & coaching to a professional level. Assess a variety of cases and learn from highly experienced and qualified professionals in bridle fit, design technology, anatomy, biomechanics & more!

Everything you ever wanted to learn about bitless bridle fitting and training in one course. 

This advanced course provides over 100 pre-recorded lessons, coursework & live lectures over 12 months accompanied by tailor made practical worksheets, original illustrations, over 50 videos featuring a team of professionals speaking directly to you.  This course can build your confidence in fitting for own horses and/or professionally as a bitless bridle fitter.

Course Content

Term 1: Anatomy

Learn in-depth head anatomy, relative to bridle fit, completed by a live lesson with a qualified Vet Physio Jen Hyland. You’ll receive a 1/2 size 3D skull and create nerves and mould clay muscles for your final exam piece.

Term 2:  The Bridle

You will learn all the basics of the bridle and then build your specialist knowledge into each type of bitless bridle, how they work, and specific information delivered by a series of professional video lessons. This term will be completed with a virtual lecture from Course Leader, Phillippa Christie. Assessment is by online examination.

Term 3: Bridle Assessment

Learn how to assess a horse for bridle fit, considering the whole horse including physical assessment while using the unique Bitless Boutique bridle fit report. You will download and prepare a completed assessment for your end of term exam (digital submission).

Term 4: Bitless Bridle Fit

In this term, you will take your previous skills and knowledge and prepare to fit bridles based on your previous assessments. At the end of this module, you’ll be invited to a live discussion with Phillippa Christie and Jen Hyland to discuss the physical assessment and making choices of bridles.

Term 5: Transitioning to Bitless

Incorporating the biomechanics aspect of ridden assessment of bridle fit and learning how to spot both horse and rider imbalances. We’ll discuss the ridden aids, learning theory and delivering training with R- and R+. This portion is filmed with professional 2* Event rider Niamh O’Carroll and includes a series of recommended exercises you can use in your coaching business both for bitless transitioning and improving lightness and understanding of ground and ridden aids.

Your workshop will include live talk with Q&A from Professional Biomechanics Coach Nicky Mummery. Your exam will be to assess the biomechanics of horse and rider in 2 pieces of prepared ridden footage.

Term 6: Problem Solving & Case Studies

In your final term, you will develop your independent work with guidance to deliver case studies in bridle fit and coaching, which will be assessed by the team.  This portion of the course can be extended as required.

The course is created to be flexible to your studying needs, with recorded workshops and the opportunity to ask questions to tutors in a private group.

Gain access to unlimited digital copies of the latest documentation to provide to your clients such as pre-design consultation forms and fitting guides. You will also receive a handy professional’s pocket fitting guide to take to sessions for quick reference.

36

Modules

Live Online Workshops

144

Lessons

Certified Course

66

Videos

Professional Diploma

36

Modules

66

Videos

144

Lessons

Certified Course

Live Online Workshops

Professional Diploma

Learn at your own pace.

This course covers over 200hrs of learning and lasts for 12 months.

This course is set at Level 5. It enables professionals to develop a broad range of skills, which are vocationally specific and require a general theoretical understanding. Students are enabled to work independently while subject to general direction. 

Skills are assessed within each module and includes a final practical exam includes case studies on bridle fit and coaching.

There are no formal entry requirements to complete this course, however some previous interaction or basic knowledge of horses is recommended.

Please note, you will need access to at least 2 horses to fulfil the practical exam.

Includes graded assessments and coursework by a team of professional instructors.

On successful completion of this course, you will receive an Advanced Diploma in the course subject and Accreditation from Equine Partnership with 1 year membership as a professional fitting partner included in the course fee.

The investment cost of this course is €1200. The fee includes an assessment pack including 1/2 size 3D printed skull, access to online materials, live lectures, assessment grading and printed certificates.

EARLY BIRD OFFER

Investment fee reduced to €800 (save 30%) until July 1st, when you pay in full.

PAYMENT PLANS

Secure your place with non-refundable deposit (normal price only) and spread the cost over 3 payments. Additional payment options available on an individual basis at the discretion of the Course Provider.

OPTIONAL FIT KIT

A fit kit is available (optional purchase) at the price of €500, normally €1,000 (save 50%!). Ideal for students wishing to pursue a professional fitting service.

Professional Benefits

This course offers educational information & tools at a professional level in bitless bridle fitting, that you may also register with several bitless bridle brands as an approved fitter including Biggs, Orbitless and more.

Additionally, the course includes a 12-month membership to Bitless Boutique as an accredited bridle fitter and preferred training partner to Equine Parnership. You will receive the option (no additional cost) of a profile featured on the Bitless Boutique website where you can receive virtual and in-person consultation referrals.

A Professional Bitless Bridle Fit Kit

(Optional purchase, recommended to anyone who wishes to fit professionally or get the full benefit of the master fit kit lessons)

Fit Kit Includes the following in sizes pony, cob, full & x-full:

Headpiece Set (4)
Browband Set (2)
Noseband Set (3)
Shank Collection (5 Pairs)
Curb Strap Set Incl. Bosal (4)
Crossunder Set (1)
Reins (1)
Rein Clips (1 Pair)
Bridle Storage Bags (4)

Special Offer €500
Normally €1,000+ (RRP)

Your Professional Instructors

Phillippa Christie

Bitless specialist & bridle fitter

Phillippa has extensive knowledge of both theory and practical application in bitless bridle fitting & training. Previously she has studied equine anatomy, biomechanics & behaviour.

Jen Hyland

Vetenary Physiotherapist

Jen is a qualified vet physio teaching at the farriery school in Ireland. In addition, she is a former GP dressage rider & professional eventing coach with Horse Sport Ireland. Jen also rides her own horse bitless.

Nicky Mummery

Biomechanics Coach

Nicky is a certified biomechanics coach. Her expertise is rider biomechanics supports our coaching element to ensure students develop a keen eye for correct posture. Nicky is starting her horses bitless.

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FAQ

Yes, this course is designed for horse owners and students who wish to take the step towards learning bitless bridle fitting at a professional level. 

Yes, you can take the classes in your own time as they are a mix of written and pre-recorded lessons.

Every 2 months we offer a live lecture which is also recorded. This is helpful for students who learn through discussion and interaction. You can speak directly with your instructors with extra presentations to help you with the materials.

Register for the course today and we will send out your starter pack with assessment materials. You will be manually enrolled once you receive your invitation to the induction.

This course is accredited through the Bitless Boutique & Equine Partnership – the leading expert in bitless bridle research, design & fit.

The course structure follows (EQF) European Qualification Framework Level 5 standards.

The course is open for two intakes per year: September & February.

We offer an extension of 6 months to submit coursework to receive your grade.

Yes, we only ask for a deposit up front, there are two additional payments due within 60 and 90 days respective of registration.

Yes, students of this course can order the fit kit at any time and take advantage of the 50% discount, however due to these being made to order we recommend reserving when enrolling to ensure that yours is received in time for the master fitting classes.

Approach to Learning

At the Equine Academy, we have a different approach to learning, because we understand that everyone learns differently.  We wanted to create a space for teaching, development and community.

Developed by a team of award winning web developers with a passion for equestrianism. Our platform is mobile friendly so you can learn on the go, community orientated to give you opportunities to network with your peers & professionals and our unique rewards-based system that makes learning both fun and motivational.

We involve the best and the brightest inspirational professionals to bring you their courses created from years of experience, academic learning & self development. When you enroll in a course on the Equine Academy, you are investing in yourself and your relationship with horses.

Start your journey today and enjoy learning for a better tomorrow.

 

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