Intelligent Horsemanship Diploma

in conjunction with The Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship

What is The IH Diploma?

Courses provide expert tuition in the art of ‘horse whispering’ and equine behaviour – It will change the way you view not only your relationship with horses, but also the people around you and even the relationship you have with yourself.

The Intelligent Horsemanship Diploma has 2 stages which are detailed below. Students who pass the IH Diploma will also attain the the Monty Roberts Introductory Course of Horsemanship at the same time.

Stage 1 –

5 Day Foundation Course – An intensive 5 day practical course covering Join Up™, leading principles and equine behaviour and so much more.

Horse Psychology – An online zoom course (1 hour per week over eight weeks) – students will question how horses think, see and feel and come away thinking in a whole new light. Definitely gets you thinking!

Stud Practice and Foal Handling – A 2 day practical and classroom based course learning from a true expert in the field of Horse breeding and youngstock. This course covers 2 modules, each module can be taken a one day course. Both modules must be completed in order to progress towards the IH Diploma.

Feeding and Nutrition/Horse as an Athlete – A 2 day classroom based course teaching students beyond practical expertise to the horses digestive systems and the effects of different feeds and the horse as an athlete. This course covers 2 modules, each module can be taken as a one day course. Both modules must be completed in order to progress towards the IH Diploma.

Stage 2 –

Once you have completed the above you can work towards Stage 2 and it is recommended you undertake 2 further courses which are Leading & Loading the Less Easy Horse, and Handling the Untouched Horse

Stage 2 also entails:

  • Practical Experience and Video Evidence
  • Horse Psychology Project
  • Homework
  • Stage 2 Exam Week

For full details on Stage 2 please download the guidance notes which are downloadable below, with associated forms you will require for this section.

Stage 2 Guidance Notes and Join Up™ Form

Stage 2 Exam Week Application Form is available on request from

IH Diploma Overview Guide

The Stage 2 Exam Week (5 Days) is not available to be taken until all other modules are completed and approved.

The Application Form to apply to attend the IH Diploma Course (Stage 2) is available on request from and will only be provided to you once you have attended all courses and completed both the Horse Psychology Project and Practical and Video Evidence.

Whats Next?

Becoming a Recommended Trainer – Stage 3

Complete the following elements

Click here to see the IH Diploma Overview Guide


To become an IH Recommended Trainer the total cost can be accesses via the IH Diploma Overview Guide. You will need to attend all courses detailed within the overview and you will be well supported by several people as you make your journey.  Our main aim is to produce super competent people who can improve the lives of horses and their owners – however be aware we are looking for high standards and dedication.

As Intelligent Horsemanship is constantly evolving, we recommend you keep up to date by attending the 5 Day Course as a helper and/or helping out at a Monty Roberts/Kelly Marks demo.

Monty Roberts Advanced Course

Upon 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 Course.

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