COURSES: INTRODUCTORY COURSE: 10 DAYS

Join-Up International


“Thank you for everything that you teach. During this time you really made me see a completely new vision about horses! It was intense, but it was worth it 100%! It really was a wonderful experience that I would love to repeat.”
- Lucia D. of Chile

The Introductory Course is the first step to gain an in-depth understanding of Monty’s concepts. Students from various equine backgrounds are welcome to take part, as there are no prerequisites. To those of you with little or no horse knowledge, we recommend prior participation in the H101 Clinic.

The Introductory Course is designed to provide you 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’s 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 and loading.

Initially you will spend two weeks at the MRILC.

Classroom discussion will focus on:

  • Horse Evolution
  • Behavior
  • Sensory Systems
  • Language
  • Learning Theory
  • and Monty's Methods

Through demonstrations and practical sessions you will learn about:

  • Join-Up
  • Dually Halter Work
  • Long-Lining
  • Trailer Loading

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.

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.


Included in the course is a subscription to Monty's Equus Online University. This online learning tool will support your continuing education in Monty's methods.  If you are currently an Equus Online University member, we will extend your subscription at the end of the course.  Please note, courses are not eligible for the Equus Online University Discount.

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Join-Up International
Post Office Box 246
Solvang, CA 93464
Phone: 805-688-3483
Fax: 805-688-9709
Email: admin@join-up.org 

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