Five Day Foundation – with Kelly Marks

Course dates Spaces available Location Accommodation Price
March 18th – 22nd 2019 Sold Out Hartsop Farm Witney £575
April 8th – 12th 2019 Buy Now Hartsop Farm Witney £575
June 17th – 21st 2019 Buy Now Hartsop Farm Witney £575

Courses can be booked via the Intelligent Horsemanship ShopPlease call the office on 01488 71300 if you have any difficulty making an online course booking. We can take your booking and payment over the phone. Please have your card handy as payment will be taken at the time of booking. We accept Credit Cards and Switch/Maestro.

Please complete your Course Application form! – download the course application form here!

Join IH now (if not already a member) so you can start practising with online footage and be super ready before the course!

These world exclusive five day foundation courses are fully endorsed by Monty Roberts and run by the only qualified teacher and holder of his ‘Advanced Professional Certificate’, former European Champion lady rider, Kelly Marks.

During these five days you will gain practical experience in: Join-Up™, Follow Up™,  Long reining, and  Halter work. You may like to take a riding assessment (optional) and you will enjoy lecture/demonstrations in:- Preparing your horse for the farrier, Loading, and Saddle Fitting

Each person will have the opportunity to go into the round pen a minimum of five times to practice ‘Join Up™’ with a young horse under supervision. You are welcome to bring your own horse if arranged in advance with Ian Vandenberghe (Tel: 01993 868914).

Each student completing the course will be issued with a certificate stating completion which may be used against future certification of the Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship. On completion of the Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship you are then qualified to go to Flag Is Up Farms, California to further your education and take the Monty Roberts Advanced Certificate.  From here you may wish to become a Monty Roberts Instructor or to become an Intelligent Horsemanship Recommended Trainer. Non “hands-on” students are most welcome at the cost of £15 per day for IH members and £30 per day for non members.

Hartsop Farm has a covered arena so students can get the most out of their course no matter what the weather brings!

Each student has the opportunity to do 3 Join Up™ without tack, 2 ‘full’ Join-Up™ with tack and long lining in the pen, 1 individual training halter session, 1 individual long lining session, 1 replay of video session, as much additional human to human body language as they choose.  There may be opportunities to watch Ian Vandenberghe work with young and remedial horses after classes have finished.

On Wednesday or Thursday, instead of a ‘Join-Up™ with tack session’, you can have an additional long lining session, or JUST LET US KNOW what you feel would be most useful to you and we will do our best to accommodate. One of your Join-Up™ sessions will be videoed and replayed with a tutor for you to assess together.
Kelly teaches on Mondays and Fridays, there will be some small changes to the order of lectures. Do ring the office on 01488 71300 if you have any questions

If student’s wish to refresh their skills we are offering £100.00 discount on the cost of a Five Day Foundation or Perfect Manners Course if you have attended either course previously.

General Five Day Course Schedule

Kelly Marks teaches personally on Mondays and Fridays. Each student will have at least one Join-Up™ lesson with Kelly.
Please note that the course content may be subject to change but if you are coming as a one day spectator for a particular subject, you can ring the office for further details on 01488 71300 (up to 1 pm).

Monday – Introductions. Morning Lecture – Principles of Join-Up™ Body language practised ‘human to human’. Afternoon Lecture – How the skills of Join-Up™ improve your general horsemanship. First student Join-Up™ (without tack). Afternoon Lecture – Putting on saddle and long lines with Kelly.

Tuesday – Morning lecture – Introduction to Long Lining, Practical long lining 2 miles on roads and tracks. Lunchtime video. Afternoon. Student Join Up™ (some with tack) and long lining. Lecture – First principles of halter training.

Wednesday – Morning lecture. Intelligent Riding Lecture. Lunchtime video. Afternoon Join Up™ and halter training also opportunities for students to have riding assessment in place of a Join Up™ with tack. Lecture – Training and handling your horse for the farrier . Shopping orders taken (optional!)

Thursday – Morning lecture. Saddle Fitting Lecture. Students given Concepts. Day continues with Join-Up™, individual lessons with training halters and some riding assessments as requested. Lunchtime video.

Friday – Morning Lecture: Kelly on loading including dealing with difficult or unschooled horses. Presentation of concepts by students. Lunchtime video. Afternoon Join-Up™. Certificate presentations.

Feedback from a student who brought their own horse:

Just a note to say thank you so much to you and your team for a fantastic week. Murphy and I have gained so much from it. It exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I went there looking to improve my ‘bond’ with Murph and came home with the answer to so many unanswered questions that remained from my years working with horses.

I had always felt with conventional training that it was so prescriptive… ‘This is the way to do it ‘with an unwritten subscript which read ‘ and if your horse doesn’t respond like this then you are clearly incompetent!!’

What a refreshing change. I felt comfortable from the start with everyone, trainers and fellow participants alike being open and friendly. There was a supportive and sharing atmosphere where I felt happy to try my best, knowing any observations were supportive and positive, not judgmental, and felt my horsemanship grow as a result. The quality of the training was outstanding, (coming from a teacher!) and I have come home inspired to continue my education with IH as a result. It was interesting to see Equine touch at work and what a treat seeing Monty in action with Pumpkin as well. It was inspiring to see him work. We certainly had our money’s worth! ~Sarah & Murphy