“For centuries, humans have said to horses, ‘You do what I tell you or I’ll hurt you.’ Humans still say that to each other – still threaten, force and intimidate. I’m convinced that my discoveries with horses have value in the workplace, in the educational and penal systems, and in the raising of children. At heart, I’m saying that no one of us was born with the right to say ‘you must’ or I’ll hurt you, to any animal or to another human.”

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"You are so inspirational! I watched you as a kid growing up and grew up with horses but fell out after I lost my beloved Palomino, Love, but more recently again after 9 years of having horses again, I need your help. I feel I have let my horse down on so many levels trying different techniques...he was a rescue but more now than ever before his personality has changed. Our mare Alpha (oh she was amazing just an amazing horse I miss her so much ) had to be put down over 6 months ago and he started to change. I know a lot has to do with me if 98 percent of it…

He is head shy, hates needles, he is hard for vets to handle and has great potential. And he can be a sweet horse. I know he had to have been beaten in the past. I Love him though I don't care about why he is being sour, I just want to know what I can do to help him not be...we recently got another horse for my daughter (we have 3 now) and I don't want to mess him up...I want to make him the best for my daughter and I am dedicated to doing it right. I was abused as a kid so watching every video has inspired me and also reminded me that I can do better...I am not a believer is physical punishment, but I have popped a horse on their shoulder if they went to bite me.

I am seriously in tears right now because everything you say and have said is everything I believe and feel is morally right with God's animals and it is the foundation of my soul... but I need help so I can help my and what do I need to do to help my horses and myself...I pray you respond because I don't know which way to turn. Thank You for your time reading this email.

God bless,
Heather B."

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Horsemanship Radio -

Horsemanship Radio is an online radio show (podcast) dedicated to the exploration of good horsemanship throughout the world. Hosted by Monty’s daughter, Debbie Roberts Loucks, the show includes segments, tips and interviews exploring good horsemanship.

The MR Online University presents this podcast on the Horse Radio Network.

Horsemanship classes at Monty Roberts International Learning Center

Monty Roberts Learning Center

Monty Roberts International Learning Center (MRILC), located at Flag Is Up Farms in the Santa Ynez Valley, California, is dedicated to promoting gentle, more effective alternatives to violence and force through educational courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels of horsemanship.

The MRILC is unique from other training facilities because the primary focus of our training curriculum is on equine psychology and behavior rather than riding skills. Students develop a solid understanding of what motivates and influences equine behavior in order to increase their effectiveness in the application of their choice, virtually any discipline of riding, veterinary assisting, farriery, racehorse training and more.

Online Lessons - Monty Roberts Online University

Monty Roberts Online University

The Monty Roberts Online University has over 550 quick and easy training and instructional videoslesson notes, and supportive learning tools  – and its growing with a new lesson added every week.

Learn at your own pace with Monty Roberts. Choose the areas of horsemanship you are interested in learning or go exploring for new subjects as well. See for yourself why Horse & Hound magazine named Monty one of the Top 50 greatest horsemen of all time. Monty is recognized by our international equestrian community for his gentle and effective horse training. In addition to lessons by Monty, the Online University features lessons by a host of special guests – pioneers and/or experts in their field, and hosts an ‘Ask Monty’ Q&A forum (accessible without a subscription) where Monty posts a weekly Q&A.


Outreach Programs

Monty Roberts’ outreach programs currently include:

Horse Sense & Healing

Horse Sense & Healing program is designed for veterans (and first responders) suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – or as we like to call it, PTSI – post traumatic stress injury.

Through Join-Up® and other equine-assisted activities, the Horse Sense & Healing program teaches participants to learn to regulate their emotions and return to their pre-war behavioral selves.

Since it’s inception in 2010, Horse Sense and Healing has helped over 550 veterans and first responders.


Lead-Up California

Lead-Up® International, launched in 2017, is an original and compelling Leadership Program, developed by a team in Guatemala led by Katie Pokorny, which aims to reach vulnerable youth and create peaceful leaders through workshops with horses.

The Lead-Up program is based around workshops with horses in which participants are introduced to humane ways of handling and interacting with horses, using Monty’s principles. Participants discover non-violence and non-aggression for themselves through interactions with horses and principally through the experience of Join-Up.

Monty Roberts Horse Sense & Healing for veterans and first responders, Flag Is Up Farms, California
Monty Roberts' Lead-Up youth development program - creating peaceful leaders for the future - violence-free

“You wouldn’t see me as committed and joyful now if I thought it was going to end with me. The world is ready to say, ‘no more violence’.”

~ Monty Roberts, 2019



All Monty Roberts Instructors are certified to teach the Monty Roberts horsemanship courses, including the Introductory Course of Horsemanship and its exam. The Advanced Certification Course can only be completed at The Monty Roberts International Learning Center in the Santa Ynez Valley, California. Click the flags below to view our world map and locate an instructor near you.

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