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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Join-Up is dedicated to promoting gentle, more effective alternatives to violence and force through educational courses that teach Monty Roberts\' concepts of non-violent, trust-building communication. Horses are used as an example and vehicle for this learning process. It is our intention to leave the world a better place for both horses and humans.
In our International Learning Center Monty Roberts heads a program for persons who have dedicated themselves to sharing Monty\'s training philosophies by completing an extensive certification program. We are unique in that the primary focus of our curriculum is on equine psychology and behavior rather than on riding skills. Horses from horse rescue organizations, donors, etc. are used as vehicles for the learning process. \"Violence and force are never the answer\" is taught and practiced in a round pen with a horse as well as in the classroom. The horses, as well as the students, benefit greatly from this trust-building way of communicating. We hope to foster these non-violent skills among a greater audience, insuring their preservation for generations to come. We believe by sending our graduates out with a solid understanding of what motivates and influences equine behavior, they can be effective in virtually any horse discipline and be ambassadors of our non-violent, \"Join-Up\" concepts around the globe.
Our Horse Sense & Healing program offers free 3-day clinics for veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD. Through the formation of a very special bond with the horse, these participants learn to trust and communicate again and are far better able to re-connect with their families and communities.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Horse Welfare
Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.