MONTY ROBERTS HORSEMANSHIP

Equus West was founded by Padraic Foy who has worked in various sectors of the equine industry including showjumping, showing, racing and breeding. He felt that traditional methods did not always meet the needs of the horse and believed that if people could understand and communicate better with their horses, life would be better not only for the horses but for people too. After discovering Monty Robert' Concepts he realised there was a way to achieve this. Deciding to learn more he travelled initially to the U.K. to study with Kelly Marks, then to the Monty Roberts International Learning Center in California to further his education in this trust based non-violent way of training horses and qualified as a Certified Monty Roberts Instructor in 2015.

FREE ONE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TO EQUUS ONLINE UNIVERSITY FOR ALL STUDENTS OF MONTY ROBERTS COURSES. 

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Join-Up Taster Day

This session gives you the opportunity to become acquainted with the "World Famous Horse Whisperer" Monty Roberts  Join-Up method of communicating with horses through theory and hands-on round pen work. You will learn that it is based on trust and is achieved by communication via body language and an understanding of the psychology of the horse. 
Padraic will give a Join-Up demonstration. After this you will get the chance to experience for yourself a Join-Up and the magic moment of Join-Up.

These sessions are available by prior arrangement for private individuals or small groups and last from 2 to 3 hours. If you would like to book contact us and we will do our best to facilitate you.

Cost: €100 per person or  €160 for 2 people. 

Receive a €50 discount on a Join-up Course and a €100 discount on an Introductory Course if booked on the day.

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HORSEMANSHIP COURSES

Course participants may bring their own horse by prior arrangement.

We can recommend accommodation for you in Westport.

Private One-To-One Tuition

For anyone who can’t make the dates of one of our Modular Monty Roberts Courses or want to spend the day with us and our horses to learn horse psychology, behaviour and training techniques. Just contact Padraic with your requirements.

Horsemanship 101

This 2 day course is ideal for those with little or no experience with horses. You will learn how to approach a horse safely and become comfortable around them as well as learning to groom and tack-up correctly. You will be introduced to the Dually Training Halter and learn how to apply Monty's non-violent concepts on the ground while learning how to lead a horse correctly. Padraic will give a Join-Up demonstration to enable you to understand how important it is to become acquainted with the basics of horsemanship. This is an excellent chance to become more comfortable around horses before signing up for a Join-Up or Introductory Course.
  
Key Learning Points: Non-violent approach to working with a horse, the Language of Equus, building a trust-based partnership, approaching, touching and handling a horse, how horses learn, think and see, Join-Up in the round pen, Grooming a horse, how to fit and use the Dually™ Training Halter, spatial awareness, breathing and intention.

 

May be changed to a 1 day intensive course if numbers are small (maximum of 3 participants).

 

 9am to 5pm approx daily. 

Cost: €280 including a one month 
subscription to Equus Online University to support your continuing education in Monty's Methods.

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Monty Roberts Introductory Course Of Horsemanship

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 Horsemanship 101 Course (see above).

The Introductory Course is designed to provide you with a well-rounded knowledge in general horsemanship in the basics of horse 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 Training Halter work, long lining, herding exercises and loading.

These two weeks consist of hands-on experience as well as theories in horse psychology. Following this you will return home to complete several months of distance learning modules and field study (submitted via video for Padraic to critique). It is during the field study period that you learn about horse performance, breeding, feeding and nutrition through a distance-learning program. Then you will return for practical and written exams, at the successful completion of which you will graduate from the Introductory Program.


Graduates of the Introductory Course are offered the opportunity to continue their education by completing the Advanced Course at Flag Is Up Farm in California and, upon personal selection by Monty, the Instructors’ Internship. Only Certified Instructors are able to teach, demonstrate and advertise their services for monetary gain.

This course is run over 2 weeks (ie. Monday to Friday). 

May be changed to a 1 week very intensive for small groups (maximum of 3 participants).


  9am to 5pm approx daily.

Cost: €1500 including the 500+ page manual, video critique and a one month subscription to Equus Online University to support your continuing education in Monty's Methods.

Modular Option

The Introductory Course is also offered in a modular format, with each short course counting towards completion of the training program. These can be completed at your own pace, in order to fit in with your work/lifestyle requirements and can if needed, be arranged privately.

Modules include:
Join-Up
Long-Lining
Ground Manners
Horse Psychology

Join-Up

This 4 day course is your chance to come and learn Monty's world famous Join-Up technique. It will provide you with the foundation of the language called "Equus" through demonstrations and practical round pen sessions. Learn how to establish a trust based partnership with your horse based on choice. How subtle changes in your body language can have dramatic effects on the behaviour/actions of your horse. Begin to "read" your horse so you can spot problems before they escalate. This will help with your confidence whether you are on the ground or in the saddle. You will also learn about the Dually Training Halter and how to establish good rules and boundaries for your horse. This course can be combined with the other modular courses to count towards the Monty Roberts Introductory Certificate of Horsemanship.

Key Learning Points: Non-violent approach to working with the horse, the language of ‘Equus’, building a trust-based partnership, how horses learn, Join-Up and Follow Up, Dually Training Halter work, Round pen work.


May be changed to a 2 day intensive course if numbers are small (maximum of 3 participants).

9am to 5pm approx daily. 


Cost: €560 including a one month subscription to Equus Online University to support your continuing education in Monty's Methods.

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Long-Lining 

This 2 day course will be your introduction into long-lining or double line lunging. Learn why long-lining is better than lunging. How long lining can become a valuable tool in your training sessions. Through practical demonstrations, round pen and classroom sessions you will learn this incredibly useful skill which will help with all your ground training. It helps develop correct and balanced movement of the horse and much more...  This course can be combined with the other modular courses to count towards the Monty Roberts Introductory Certificate of Horsemanship.  

Key Learning Points: Non-violent approach to working with a horse, the language of ‘EQUUS’, benefits of long lining with two lines, disadvantages of single line lunging, tacking up and attaching double long lines, working the horse on double long lines, different speeds and directions, different locations, ongoing double long line training.

May be changed to a 1 day intensive course if numbers are small (maximum of 3 participants).

 

 9am to 5pm approx daily. 

Cost: €280 including a one month 
subscription to Equus Online University to support your continuing education in Monty's Methods.

Ground Manners

On this 2 days course you will learn invaluable tools that will have a dramatic impact on your horse's ground manners and make you the effective leader that your horse needs. You will learn how very common owner "bad habits" and "bad timing" lead to many problems seen in horses, which can quickly escalate into much more serious/dangerous behaviour. If you own or have ever worked with a horse that barges/bites/kicks/rears/will not load into a trailer or lorry/is scared or of a nervous disposition, then this course is for you to find out why they behave the way they do.


You will learn about and how to use the Dually Training Halter correctly, and how to establish clear rules and boundaries for your horse. Begin to "read" your horse so you can spot potential issues before they escalate, this will help you gain confidence whether you are on the ground or in the saddle. The more a horse trusts you on the ground, the more trust and respect he will have for you when you are in the saddle. This course can be combined with the other modular courses to count towards the Monty Roberts Introductory Certificate of Horsemanship. 

 

May be changed to a 1 day intensive course if numbers are small (maximum of 3 participants).

 

9am to 5pm approx daily.

Cost: €280 including a one month subscription to Equus Online University to support your continuing education in Monty's Methods.

Horse Psychology

This 2 day course is designed to teach you how horses think and learn. Without knowing the basics of how horses think, respond to stimuli and store memories how are you going to be able to build a successful training session or even a relationship with your horse?. It consists of classroom as well as practical sessions. This course can be combined with the other modular courses to count towards the Monty Roberts Introductory Certificate of Horsemanship.

May be changed to a 1 day intensive course if numbers are small (maximum of 3 participants).

9am to 5pm approx daily.

Cost: €280 including a one month subscription to Equus Online University to support your continuing education in Monty's Methods.

 

HORSE HELP

Padraic aims to provide the best possible start for all horses in his care. He is available to help with the following at Drummindoo Stud or as a call out service to owners premises.


Young horse starting
Ground manners
Long-lining
Trailer loading issues

Clipping issues
Feet and farrier issues
Owner/horse confidence
Behavioral issues such as biting, kicking, bucking, rearing etc.
Standing still and difficult to mount
Spooking and de-synthesising to scary objects
Re-starting the older horse
Overcoming difficult past experiences

Training: €180 per week (in advance).

Call Outs: €60, €40 per hour thereafter. Fuel Charge is 50 cent per mile travelled.

 

HORSEMANSHIP CLINICS

Clinic participants may bring their own horse by prior arrangement.

We can recommend accommodation for you in Westport.

Private One-To-One Tuition

For anyone who can’t make the dates of one of our Horsemanship Clinics or who want to spend the day with us and our horses to learn horse psychology, behaviour and training techniques. Just contact Padraic with your requirements.

Horse Handling and Problem Solving Day.

This one day clinic will help both you and your horse with any handling issues or problems you may have. Discover techniques that you can use with issues such as catching, leading, loading, standing still, spooking, clipping, washing, difficult with the farrier/vet  etc.  Learn the importance of body language, how to control your breathing, helping both you and your horse to ‭relax‬. We will also look at how to be a strong leader, one that your horse wants to follow. You and your horse will take part in certain activities, teaching your horse desensitisation to various stimuli and you will learn the importance of timing and consistency. You will be taught how to effectively use the Dually Training Halter, a training halter invented by Monty Roberts, that works on the basis of pressure and release, making it easy for your horse to do the right thing and harder to do the wrong thing, teaching them intrinsically. This clinic is ideal for anyone with a horse that has issues, or those wanting to help boost their or their horses' confidence.

Padraic can provide suitable, safe horses, if needed, so you don't need to own a horse to help build your confidence.

The clinic is practical based for the most part, however some theory is taught, informing you on horse psychology and the physiology of the horse, allowing you to understand why the horse reacts to certain situations.

Light refreshments provided.

9am to 5pm approx

 

 Cost: €120

 

COURSE AND CLINIC DATES 2020

Please note that course and clinic dates may change. Extra dates can be added subject to demand.

To book your place on a course simply contact us and let us know the course or clinic you would like and your preferred date. Payments can be made via PayPal.

 

Monty Roberts Introductory Course Of Horsemanship :

February 24th to 28th.

Monty Roberts Introductory Course Of Horsemanship Exam :

to be confirmed.

Join-Up : to be confirmed. 

Long-Lining :  to be confirmed.

Horsemanship 101 : to be confirmed.

Horse Psychology : to be confirmed.

Ground Manners : to be confirmed.

Horse Handling and Problem Solving Day. : to be confirmed.

 

LEAD-UP WORKSHOPS

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The purpose of Lead-Up International is to reduce violence in the community by creating peaceful leaders – men and women – utilizing equine-assisted therapy and non-verbal communication. We teach vulnerable youth about the power of non-violence, trust-based relationships and peaceful leadership.

Core objectives include:

  • Improve participants’ emotional regulation

  • Develop peaceful leadership skills in each participant

  • Improve participants’ self-esteem

 

more information at http://www.join-up.org/lead-up/

Padraic is available to work with organisations and individuals to offer Lead-Up workshops in Ireland.

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County Mayo, Ireland.

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E-MAIL: info@drummindoo.com

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