Herd 2 Human
- Curriculum for Certification of Instructors
Willowbend Farm, Inc., owned by Jeff and Darlene Patterson,
is the home of Herd 2 Human, an equine program designed to help individuals
learn better communication and relationship skills through interspecies
communication and interaction with the horse.
Herd to human teaches self-value and self- discovery that will assist individuals
in overcoming PTSD, broken relationships, and other life challenges.
Our mission is to train Herd 2 Human instructors to
duplicate and teach the program. The process of becoming a Herd 2 Human instructor
begins with a passion to connect energetically and physically with horses and
work with humans experiencing emotional challenges. Certification as a Herd 2 Human Instructor
will demonstrate accomplishment of the following objectives:
or refine skills of self-discovery, meditation, intuitive consciousness,
(deductive observation of horse and human interaction) as well as intuitive
writing. If not already teaching these
practices, the Herd 2 Human instructor will learn how to guide others in these
Herd 2 Human philosophies and methods of interspecies communication with
proficiency and the ability to teach others.
to recognize the interaction between horse and human and how it affects both.
how to organize and facilitate individual and/or group sessions.
5. Learn an
overall view of horse husbandry (general care … health, nutrition, and basic
6. Learn an
overall view of appropriate barn/facility management (safety, liabilities, and
general responsibilities of the instructor).
what the Herd 2 Human instructor’s role is when working with mental health
professionals in EAP and PTSD therapy.
how to build and promote a Herd 2 Human practice.
Admission into the Herd 2 Human Instructor school requires:
Prior experience in handling and caring for
Each student attend either a 3-day intensive or
a 6-week Herd 2 Human workshop as part of their application for instructor
training to assure the student will be personally comfortable that they are
physically and emotionally capable of handling horses and attaining success.
Each student to complete the Herd 2 Human
instructor enrollment application.
Have adequate transportation to attend training.
a genuine desire to work with horses assisting humans in need.
Hours and Tuition
hours of initial training in the classroom and barn at Willowbend Farm
hours of additional training (trainee teaching their own class) in an approved
equine venue(s), supervised by a Herd 2 Human master instructor.
hours follow up at Willowbend Farm for final review of evaluations and
$12,000 upon acceptance and registration.
● Attend and participate as a student in either a
H2H 6-week (one class per week) or 3-day intensive program taught by a master
Sixty (60) hrs.
instructortraining at Willowbend
Farm to include (but not limited to):
Philosophies and methodologies of H2H.
Program, horse, staff, and barn management
(including determining the appropriateness of teaching facilities and horses
An end of the week (or 60 hrs.) written exam
with a passing grade of at least 70%.
An end of the week (or 60 hrs.), hands-on
horsemanship exam, with a passing grade of at least 70%.
Within one (1) year
following the first 60 hrs. of classroom and barn instruction at Willowbend
Farm, student instructors will attain an additional 18 hrs. of training at
their own venue with approval and supervision of a master instructor as follows:
Teach the complete program following the H2H
student workbook to
least one (1) individual student
either in a 3-day intensive program or a 6-week program.
least one (1) group of four to six
students a 6-week program once per week for a minimum of 2 hours per week.
least one (1) group of four to six students a 3-day intensive
At least half of your students must be
individuals who are not well known to you.
(Suggestion: Obtain referrals from people you know.)
must be done at an H2H-appropriate and approved facility with appropriate
Appropriately document/record the process of organizing
and teaching students. Choose your
method of supervised documentation in a way that will not interfere with the
relationship building process.
Group sessions must be done with the assistance
of another horse professional with preference given to H2H instructors,
instructor trainees, or qualified students who have been through the program.
Instructors may work alone (one-on-one) with
copies of all student evaluations for review by a master instructor.
a minimum of a 500-word essay describing how H2H has changed you, your
perspectives, and fulfilled the H2H objectives.
A master instructor will audit instructor
trainee’s work over the course of a 3-day intensive program with four to six
students. The 3-day intensive program may be populated in part by students from
the instructor training groups. Instructors may co-instruct as they did during
training for the purpose of the final skill evaluation provided that they
demonstrate instructor skills needed for certification.
Each instructor trainee will share their process
and experiences with the master instructor and participating fellow instructor
will be determined by the combined test results, evaluations of the instructor
trainee’s students, and by the final auditing master instructor.
successful completion of the above curriculum, instructor trainees will be certified to conduct their own
practice, teaching the H2H program to students within the scope of the H2H
Student Workbook and other H2H instructional material.
Instructor Certification does not qualify
instructors to teach other instructors.
Farm, Inc. grades students based on their skills in the following areas:
meditation, intuitive consciousness (deductive observation of horse/human
interaction), and how well they guide others in these practices.
with other humans, their students, and horses.
3. Herd 2
Human philosophies and methods of interspecies communication and their ability
to teach others.
of horse behavior and the effects of human interaction.
of overall horse husbandry (general care … health, nutrition, and basic
barn/facility management skills.
of the basic building and promotion of a Herd 2 Human practice.
to organize and facilitate individual and/or group sessions.
of what the Herd 2 Human instructor’s role is when working with mental health
professionals in EAP.
and attendance to the course.
Evaluations of the student’s proficiency will be a
combination of written examinations, oral and written evaluations from the
participants the student worked with during the course, as well as from the master
instructor and assistant Herd 2 Human instructors.
Continuing courses may be available to students who have
not fully met H2H requirements by the end of the course in one or more of the
required objectives and/or evaluations to complete graduation and
with the mission and instructor student objectives of the Herd 2 Human program
taught at Willowbend Farm, Inc., it is required that all students conduct
themselves accordingly. The school will not tolerate excessive foul or abusive
language, use of drugs, alcohol, personal habits or other practices that are obviously
offensive to others or inconsistent with the overall practices and philosophies
of Herd 2 Human. Regular and unnecessary interruptions during class and
instruction may result in the student being asked to leave and possibly
expelled from the course. Excessive,
untimely, or inappropriate photography may result in the loss of that privilege
and considered a violation of the Standards of Conduct. Acceptable use of cell phones and cameras
will be discussed in the first class.