Monty Roberts Training and Gentling in California

Monty Roberts and his team of Certified Instructors from the Monty Roberts International Learning Center (MRILC) have spent the past two+ decades changing horse and human lives for the better, teaching his globally acclaimed non-violent methods.

With a range of Monty Roberts Courses suitable for novice to advanced students, graduates of the MRILC programs have increased their effectiveness with both equine and human clients, bringing gentleness and trust to any partnership. Whether students would like to improve the relationship with their horses at home, or go all the way to becoming a Monty Roberts Certified Instructor, Roberts offers courses that help accomplish the goal desired.

By utilizing Monty Roberts’ world-renowned gentle and effective training techniques including Join-Up® and his patented humane gentling facility, Monty and his team at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center (MRILC) are gentling and starting unbacked horses from The Right Horse adoption partners and working through remedial issues with others. All of the horses are desensitized to a variety of objects and stimuli – to make them safe and willing partners for their future owners.

This spring is a busy time for Monty and the MRILC:

May 4 to 6, 2023: Introductory Course Module 2: Join-Up
May 8 to 10, 2023: Introductory Course Module 3: Long Lining
May 11 to 13, 2023: Introductory Course Module 4: Preparation for the Intro Exams
May 19, 2023: Horsemanship 101
May 20, 2023: Mountain Trail Course Play Date
May 26 to 28, 2023: Horse Sense and Healing
June 5 to 9, 2023: Gentling Wild Horses
June 10, 2023: Mountain Trail Course Play Date
June 16 to 18, 2023: The Movement
June 23 to 25, 2023: Horse Sense and Healing

Or if travel is a challenge, a person can book a one-on-one distance coaching session with Monty.

By observing this renowned and gifted horseman, you gain first-hand knowledge during demonstrations, lectures and discussions. This class is for the novice, as well as the advanced student, to observe a master at work practicing his discoveries that have changed the horse world internationally.

The courses and concepts are offered year-round for students of all levels, from novices just starting out or those returning after a prolonged absence, to advanced courses for those wishing to become future certified instructors.

Monty Roberts is in his 34rd year of demonstrating methods of nonviolent training of horses, both in the saddle and from the ground.

For more information concerning eligible adoption horses and eligible interns to participate, please contact

See more at:

Monty’s Calendar or call  +1 805 688 6288

Monty Roberts International Learning Center


The New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts is available for interviews.

 MONTY ROBERTS first gained widespread fame with the release of his New York Times Best Selling book, The Man Who Listens To Horses; a chronicle of his life and development of his non-violent horse training methods called Join-Up®. Monty grew up on a working horse farm as a firsthand witness to traditional, often violent methods of horse training and breaking the spirit with an abusive hand. Rejecting that, he went on to win nine world’s championships in the show ring. Today, Monty’s goal is to share his message that “Violence is never the answer.” Roberts has been encouraged by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the award of the Membership in The Royal Victorian Order, as well as becoming Patron of Join-Up International. Other honors received were the ASPCA “Founders” award and the MSPCA George T. Angell Humanitarian Award and FEI’s Man of the Year. Monty was recently included as Horse and Hound Magazine’s Top 50 Horsemen of All Time. Monty is credited with launching the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site that is the definitive learning tool for violence-free training.

JOIN-UP philosophies can be seen at work with both humans and horses across the world, from farms to major corporations. To learn more about Monty Roberts or the many applications of his Join-Up training methods, visit Horse Sense and Soldiers aired on Discovery Military in 2010 highlighting the therapeutic effect horses and Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® have on PTSD. Soon after Monty and his team developed the Horse Sense & Healing program for veterans and first responders. Lead-Up International was officially launched worldwide at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center in Solvang, California, in February 2017. The purpose of Lead-Up International is to reduce violence in the community by creating peaceful leaders from vulnerable youth utilizing equine-assisted therapy and non-verbal communication, building trust-based relationships.

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