The Monty Roberts International Learning Center also offers the certification courses below. The curriculum offers students predictable, discernible, and effective tools to communicate with horses using their own natural language, forming a partnership based on trust and communication rather than dominance. Included in your sign up is a subscription to ‘Monty’s Equus Online University.’ This on-line learning tool will give you a great start prior to the course and a greater idea of what you will be learning and doing in the round pen during your course. And the ongoing education that you will have with the Uni will give you great practice and exercises to continue with at home while working towards your exams.The Introductory and Advanced courses provide a strong foundation in Monty’s methods. They are valuable in their own right, but are also part of the process to become an Instructor. The Introductory course can be completed with any of our Certified Instructors worldwide. Some teach it in different formats, but the content and qualification are the same. For some students, the Introductory course provides all of the skill they need to be successful with their horses. For those who want to further their skills, or become professionals in the industry, the next step is the Advanced course, which can only be completed at Flag Is Up Farms in California. Monty will be present for the Advanced Exams. After successful completion of the exams, students who show potential to become Instructors will be invited to complete an Internship, which is the final stage in becoming an Instructor. The internship consists of a minimum of three months here at Flag Is Up Farms. Accommodation is provided and there are no fees for this stage, but you are responsible for your own living costs. You will work as part of the MRILC team, continue to improve your skills with project horses and learn how to teach the courses. Monty and the resident Instructors will support and assess you throughout your stay, and if they are satisfied with your progress, you will become a Certified Instructor. Instructors are qualified to teach Horsemanship 101, Join-Up and Long-lining clinics, as well as the Introductory course.
INTRODUCTORY CERTIFICATION COURSE NOW IN MODULES
We are excited to announce: our Introductory Course of Horsemanship is now available in modular format! The 12-day course is available in four 3-day sessions which can be taken in any order at your convenience*
FIRST STEPS TO MONTY’S METHODS: MODULE 01
This module introduces you to Equus – the horses’ natural communication system, and how using Equus can build a willing, non-violent partnership with your horse. It also focuses on effective use of the Dually® Halter – how timing and consistency are key to improving your ground and ridden work.
JOIN-UP – BUILDING A TRUST-BASED PARTNERSHIP THROUGH EQUUS: MODULE 02
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.
LONG LINING – THE BENEFITS, FORM AND FUN: MODULE 03
Effective long-lining (double line lungeing or longeing) has numerous benefits for training and conditioning horses. In this module you will learn the benefits and advantages of long-lining over single-line lunging, and the skills required to long line effectively.
PREPARATION FOR THE INTRODUCTORY EXAMS: MODULE 04
This module is the final prerequisite for acceptance to take the Introductory Exams and cannot be taken as a stand-alone module, or before completion of the other 3 modules.