UK National Register - HEIR

Our Plans for a UK National Register

       The UK HETI Human Equine Interaction Register aims to bring together all people involved in the field of human equine interactions to ensure high quality service provision and create a greater awareness of their work

The National Register will act as a helpful resource for service users to make informed choices, service commissioners, funders, practitioners and anyone wishing to find out more about equine assisted or facilitated programmes in the UK.

The Register will provide the names and contact details of individuals and organisations who provide equine assisted or facilitated therapies including psychotherapy; education; learning; coaching and activities to demonstrate that they operate to high quality, safe, ethical practice standards.

Those on the Register will have demonstrated that they have both human and equine welfare at the heart of what they do.

Individual practitioners and organisations will be asked to submit specified documents to confirm that they have certain standards in place, for example evidence of insurance cover, qualifications, policies and training, which will be verified before applicants are included on the Register.

It is proposed that the standards are developed on a progressive scale to allow basic level entry to fully externally accredited and governed services. We will be seeking views from the sector about how this could work as part of the engagement process.

The UK HETI National Register will be a voluntary register and a fee structure will be applied for the administrative costs involved with reviewing and verifying documentation, database maintenance, website development and marketing.

The costs will be structured according to the size of each organisation and will be discussed as part of the planned engagement about the proposals.


We are very grateful to the people who took the time to respond to the consultation about the proposals to create a voluntary register for human equine interaction in the UK.

 The results can be found here: HEIR Overview & Feedback, which demonstrate that whilst there is a great deal of support for the register, we still have to work out some of the finer details around the minimum standards required to protect both the humans and equines involved in order that it is meaningful for everyone and will instil greater confidence in this important field of work.

The feedback will be used to inform the development of the Register and website which will be taking place over the coming weeks.

We have no way of knowing how many practitioners there are in the UK, which is one of the reasons that a Register is needed and we are aware that an opportunity to get involved may not have reached everyone, but it’s not too late to send comments or questions to whilst the Register is being developed.

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Introduction to the UK HETI National Register for practitioners working in the field of human-equine interactions and interventions


In late 2019 Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) commissioned a small group
of committed professionals from the field of equine assisted/facilitated interactions to
investigate the possibility of setting up a Pilot project for a voluntary National Register of
practitioners in the UK.

Who is the register for?

The UK HETI National Register, which has been given the title of the Human-Equine Interaction
Register (HEIR) will be a voluntary register for individuals and organisations providing equine
assisted or facilitated: therapies including psychotherapy; education; learning; coaching and

Who will manage the register?

The voluntary register will be managed by the HEIR in partnership with the HETI office, and
overseen by the HETI Executive Director/Secretary.

What is the purpose of the register?

The National Register aims to act as a helpful resource for service users, service commissioners,
funders, practitioners, and anyone wishing to find out more about equine assisted or facilitated
programmes in the UK.

The Register will provide interested parties with information about programmes, including
details of current insurance cover, safe operating procedures, relevant experience, and

What are the longer term aims of the register?

The HETI National Register ultimately aims to provide an effective means of mutual support,
with an emphasis on positive collaborations, developing national networks, providing low cost
accessible CPD, and low cost insurance cover.
The HETI Steering Group for this pilot project have also been discussing an accreditation
process where members who joined the voluntary register would be able to access an
accredited section of the register, if and when they chose to.

The overall intention is to help develop standards for practitioners who use equine assisted
or facilitated therapies, education, learning, coaching or activities, through the creation of a
central register and hub which promotes effective, high quality, safe, ethical practice and
which is easily accessible to all those who work in this field.