While tracking wild mustangs in Nevada as a boy, Monty Roberts observed a nonverbal communication between the horses, a silent language he would later call “Equus.” Monty incorporates “Equus” into his nonviolent training approach called Join-Up®.
Join-Up® occurs when the animal willingly chooses to be with the human, accepting leadership and protection. This process of communication through behavior and body language is creating a trust based relationship.
The result is a willing partnership in which the horse’s performance can flourish to its full potential. Either as a working horse or a high level competition performer.
The principles found in Join-Up® offer valuable tools for all other work. Riders, trainers, veterinarians, farriers, barn managers – virtually anyone handling horses – can use these methods to increase their effectiveness and safety .