Join-Up International is a California registered 501(c)(3) equestrian non-profit organization devoted to furthering the concepts of world-renowned horse gentler and best-selling author, Monty Roberts. Join-Up International is dedicated to promoting gentle, effective alternatives to violence and force in both equine and human relationships.

“For centuries, humans have said to horses, ‘You do what I tell you or I’ll hurt you.’ Humans still say that to each other – still threaten, force and intimidate. I’m convinced that my discoveries with horses have value in the workplace, in the educational and penal systems, and in the raising of children. At heart, I’m saying that no one of us was born with the right to say ‘you must’ or I’ll hurt you, to any animal or to another human.” ~ Monty Roberts

The Join-Up International Story

Join-Up International’s Programs

Join-Up International’s non-profit programs currently include:

Horse Sense & Healing

Horse Sense & Healing program is designed for veterans (and first responders) suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – or as we like to call it, PTSI – post traumatic stress injury.

Through Join-Up® and other equine-assisted activities, the Horse Sense & Healing program teaches participants to learn to regulate their emotions and return to their pre-war behavioral selves.

Since it’s inception in 2010, Horse Sense and Healing has helped over 550 veterans and first responders.


Lead-Up California

Lead-Up® International, launched in 2017, is an original and compelling Leadership Program, developed by a team in Guatemala led by Katie Pokorny, which aims to reach vulnerable you and create peaceful leaders through workshops with horses.

The Lead-Up program is based around workshops with horses in which participants are introduced to humane ways of handling and interacting with horses, using Monty’s principles. Participants discover non-violence and non-aggression for themselves through interactions with horses and principally through the experience of Join-Up.

Monty Roberts Horse Sense & Healing for veterans and first responders, Flag Is Up Farms, California
Monty Roberts' Lead-Up youth development program - creating peaceful leaders for the future - violence-free

“You wouldn’t see me as committed and joyful now if I thought it was going to end with me. The world is ready to say, ‘no more violence’.”

~ Monty Roberts, 2019

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