Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship

The Introductory Course of Horsemanship is the first step to gaining an in-depth understanding of Monty Roberts’ concepts. The modular format 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*.

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

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.

Simon Marrier d'Unienville - Horses 4 Hope - Monty Roberts Instructor Training Bursary Program
Simon Marrier d'Unienville - Horses 4 Hope - Monty Roberts Instructor Training Bursary Program
Simon Marrier d'Unienville - Horses 4 Hope - Monty Roberts Instructor Training Bursary Program

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.

Monty Roberts Introductory Course - Johannesburg, South Africa
Monty Roberts Introductory Course - Johannesburg, South Africa
Simon Marrier d'Unienville - Horses 4 Hope - Monty Roberts Instructor Training Bursary Program

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 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

This 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.

Lunch, drinks and snacks are provided daily.

Course fees include a 3-month subscription to the Monty Roberts Equus Online University.

Plus several months of distance learning modules and field study (with video feedback).

The course costs USD 495 (R 5,680) per person.

50% deposit is required to book your space with the balance due a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the course start date. Space is limited to max. 6 students.

Payment can be made online via PayPal or credit card by following one of the links below. If you would prefer to pay via EFT or find out more info about a course or current specials / promotions – please email events[at]

Book for Module 01: 21 to 23 June 2019
Book for Module 02: 23 to 25 Aug 2019
Book for Module 03: 18 to 20 Oct 2019
Book for Module 04: 6 to 8 Dec 2019

Support A Cause

All proceeds from our courses are used to fund our non-profit programs like our Lead-Up youth workshops and Equ-Us recovery program. And by taking a course with us you can help to make a difference in the lives of those in need.