Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship

Module 02: Join-Up: Building A Trust-Based Partnership Through Equus

As a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor, the first in Africa, Simon is part of an elite team that is qualified by Monty Roberts to teach his internationally recognized Horsemanship Courses including the Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship – available both as a full, 10-day course and in modular format.

The Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship is the first step to gaining an in-depth understanding of Monty Roberts’ concepts. The course is suitable for students of any age (16+), and all levels of equine experience (your instructor will pair you with horses and tasks suited to your abilities).

In the new, modular format, the course is broken up into 4 x 3-day parts which can be taken in any order at your convenience*.

In this module you will learn to “see the world as your horse sees it”. Over 3 days you will learn the basics of Equus – the horses’ body communication system, and how it can be used to build an effective, trust-based, non-violent partnership with your horse, through Join-Up®, Monty Roberts’ world-renowned technique.

Through demonstrations, practical sessions, and classroom discussions you will gain insight into the psychology and physiology of the horse, and hands-on experience to improve the relationship with your horse(s) at home.

Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship - Join-Up with a horse
Join-Up with a horse - Monty Roberts Introductory Course
Students desensitizing horse with Dually Halter in Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship, Monty Roberts Courses

Course Outline

Topics include:

  • The Join-Up® process

  • How horses learn

  • And more …

  • How the Dually® Halter can be used to improve the relationship with your horse

  • Equus – the horses’ natural communication system, and how we can use it to build a willing, trusting partnership with our horse

This module can be taken as a stand-alone tool to improve your communication and relationship with your horse, or as a step towards completing the Introductory Course of Horsemanship.

*All 4 modules must be completed at a minimum of 1 each calendar year, over 3 years to qualify for acceptance to take the Introductory Exam.

Following on this course, you will return home to continue practicing what you have learned. By sending us videos you can continue to receive our feedback on your work.  On completion of all four modules, you will receive a full study manual and further guidance on preparing for the written and practical exams, at successful completion of which, you will graduate from the Introductory Course and be eligible to take the Advanced Course (at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center in California).

Included in the cost of the course is a 3-month subscription to Monty Roberts’ Equus Online University to support your continuing education in Monty Roberts’ methods.

Dually halter training - Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship
Desensitizing horse - Monty Roberts courses
Moment of Join-Up with a horse

Take the First Steps to Better Horsemanship

Developing these essential horsemanship skills will help you to maintain clear, concise and consistent daily interactions with your horse, helping you to build a willing partnership based on trust. And in turn, you will have a happier, more well-mannered, more cooperative horse – both on the ground and under-saddle.

Working as a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor you could be:

Please note: The Introductory Course of Horsemanship, including the Monty Roberts’ Join-Up module, does not enable you to teach any Monty Roberts courses or train horses using his name / methods. It is only the first step to achieving status as a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor.

Following on from the Introductory Exams you will be required to complete the 3-week Advanced Course and 2-week Advanced Exams (at Flag Is Up Farms in California). On successful completion of the Advanced Exams, selected students may be invited for the 3-month Instructor’s Internship (at Flag Is Up Farms). Monty Roberts will assess you at the end of your three months, and depending on your progress, you may need to complete further training, or you may be ready to graduate and join the exclusive and limited ranks of Monty Roberts Instructors.

Cost, Dates & Bookings

The Monty Roberts’ Join-Up 3-day Modular Course is from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm, Fri – Sun.

A weekday course can be scheduled at your convenience with a minimum of 4 participants.

Course fees include a Dually halter and set of long lines to take home (first course only). And a 3-month subscription to the Monty Roberts Equus Online University. Plus 6 to 12 months of continued mentorship with distance learning modules and field study (with video feedback).

The course costs R 5,750 (US$ 450) per person.

Space is limited to a maximum of 6 students.