Project Description

Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship

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). However, as it is a 2-week, intensive course, for those with little or no horse knowledge, we recommend prior participation in a Horsemanship 101 Clinic (or taking the course modular format).

Through demonstrations, practical sessions, and classroom discussions you will be provided with a well-rounded knowledge in the basics of horse care, performance, breeding, feeding and nutrition, with a strong emphasis on horse psychology. As the foundation of Monty Roberts’ work and a prerequisite for the Advanced Course, you will learn the method of Join-Up® as it relates to various environments. You will have the opportunity to build your skills in Dually® halter work, long-lining, herding exercises, horse desensitization and trailer loading.

This course can be taken as a stand-alone tool to improve your communication and relationship with your horse, or as a step towards becoming a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor.

Topics include:

  • 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

  • Balance lines and driving a horse with your body

  • Fitting a bridle on a difficult horse

  • Fly spraying a sensitive horse

  • Washing your horse – the stress-free way

  • The full Join-Up® process

  • How horses learn

  • Preparing your horse for the first saddle and reins

  • Tacking up for effective long lining

  • The benefits and practical uses of long lining

  • Transitioning from the Dually® Halter to a bridle

  • Training your horse from the ground

  • Desensitizing your horse to a variety of objects

  • Protecting your horse – wraps, boots etc.

  • Stress-free trailer loading

  • The Intro Exams – what to expect and how to prepare

  • And more …

Following this 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. It is also during this period that you study theory on horse performance, breeding, feeding and nutrition. When we determine that you are ready, you will return for practical and written exams, at the successful completion of which you will graduate from the Introductory Course.

*This course is now available in modular format of 4 x 3-day modules.






Contact us for an offline booking or further information.

Booking a Course

Once you have placed the order for your space in the upcoming course, our Monty Roberts Certified Instructors will contact you to confirm receiving the order and also answer any questions you may have regarding participation. We will also provide additional enrollment paperwork which will need to be filled out and submitted prior to attending.  

While accommodations are not provided onsite, we do have connections with many local area hotels in Solvang, and Buellton.  Please review our Transportation and Accommodation worksheet found here.

Monty Roberts Online University

Included in the course is a three-month subscription to Monty Roberts’ Online University. This online learning tool will support your continuing education in Monty’s methods. If you are currently an Online University member, we will extend your subscription at the end of the course.