About us

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"There is no such thing as teaching only learning"
(Monty Roberts)
Our course curriculum focuses primarily on equine psychology and behavior rather than riding skills. You will develop a solid understanding of what motivates and influences equine behavior in order to increase their effectiveness in the application of your choice.

We offer courses for different levels of horsemanship. You find detailed descriptions on the courses page.
The Horsemanship 101 course is for the beginner level of general horsemanship. It covers the very basics of Monty Roberts' methods, but mostly focuses on teaching basic skills when handling horses from the ground such as catching and leading the horse, grooming, tacking, etc. It does not include learning or doing Join-Up.
This is a fantastic 1-day course for people who haven't spend any or little time around horses, but also for riders who do not have much experience on handling horses from the ground.

The Join-Up course offers an inside into Monty's methods and gives you the opportunity to practice Join-Up, Follow-Up, double long lining, dually halter work, herding and other exercises. It comprises both theory and hands-on lectures and exercises.
This 5-day course is suitable for everybody interested in learning Join-Up. Students come from various backgrounds in their equine experience. You should be able to handle a horse from the ground. People with no or little horse experience are advised to participate in the Horsemanship 101 course prior to attending this course.

The Monty Roberts Introductory course provided a deeper inside into Monty's methods as well as knowledge of general horsemanship.

Furthermore, we offer a variety of shorter classes with focus on certain aspects of Monty's methods, e.g. long-lining with the double lunge.

We offer you three different options on how to attend our courses and classes:

Courses

We created a variety of different courses and set up dates for each one of them. The price for these courses include accommodation, and in some cases breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. Your learning venue is our beautiful horse farm "Vale do Cavalos" close Odemira, in the southwest of Portugal.

The horses are mainly purebred Lusitanos or Lusitano crosses – Portugal's striking horses! None of them are "trained school horses" because Join-Up is all about communication in order to convince the horse to want to be with you; not about a horse to train to come to you. For this reason, we do not use the same horses for every course, but instead make sure that you get a pure learning experience based on real communication with fresh horses. You will work with various horses of different gender, age and character, to create a variety of different learning situations. These horses are excellent teachers for the human students.

Exclusive classes

This is an option for groups who would like to attend a course together or for somebody who wishes to have individual instruction.
Please see the exclusive classes site for more information.

Host a course

You can organize a Monty Roberts course at your own facility and invite Anna Kerckhoff de Sacchi to teach there.


"There is no such thing as teaching only learning"
(Monty Roberts)

Our horse course curriculum focuses primarily on equine psychology and behavior rather than riding skills. You will develop a solid understanding of what motivates and influences equine behavior in order to increase their effectiveness in the application of your choice.

Our course curriculum is based on the technique by Monty Roberts.

We also offer coaching and workships with horses utilizing the method "The Work of Byron Katie"
Host a course

You can organize a course at your own facility and invite Anna Kerckhoff de Sacchi to teach there.
Please contact us for this option.

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Monty Roberts Introductory course (certificate)

October 30 - November 10th, 2017.
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