During summer 2010, I had the pleasure of traveling to California to complete a 3 month internship at the Monty Roberts International Learning Centre. This was the final part of my 3 year training to become a Certified Monty Roberts Instructor, which gives me the license to teach Monty's world famous Join-Up method. I went with my good friend, Kata Pataky, who is now a Certified Instructor in Hungary. The farm itself is stunning. There is a real sense of order there which makes for a very peaceful atmosphere.
One of the best bits about being at the farm was the fact that they help train rescue horses for free, that would otherwise be sitting bored in pens. This really helps increase their chances of finding a good home. Here is a picture of me helping a horse to get used to plastic bags on a stick. This will help to prepare her for her first rider. I haven't got a rope attached to her - she seems pretty comfortable with the process!