Training and Boarding at Flag Is Up Farms

Training and Boarding

Training the Horse Through Trust-based Communication

For more information please contact: or call 805-688-4382

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Flag Is Up Farms
901 E. Highway 246
Solvang, CA 93463


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Horse Training and Boarding


Flag Is Up Farms Facilities

  • Full service training for young horses from all disciplines
  • Green pastures for weanlings, yearlings and broodmares
  • Individualized nutritional programs designed and developed within our own feedmill
  • Covered round pens with OttoSport surfaces for superb footing
  • Outdoor multi-disciplinary training areas with complete safe fencing and footing
  • 24,000 square foot covered riding arena
  • 5/8 mile training track recently resurfaced and consistently maintained
  • Starting gates and chute
  • Aquatred
  • A Rower & Rub Equine exerciser
  • Barn stalls complete with Comfort Stall mats
  • New USDA approved export quarantine facilities
  • Rehabilitation and lay ups
  • Specialized training for remedial horses
  • Sales preparation and representation
  • 24-hour resident staff
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Training Programs

Flag Is Up Farms trains horses from all disciplines to learn the basic principles from the ground up. Our team of trainers specializes in starting young horses under saddle, bombproofing trail riding companions and retraining horses that need a new start in their career. Hunter/Jumpers, racehorses, dressage athletes, and Western discipline reiners and cowhorses all begin their training in the safety of the roundpen. Each horse experiences an individualized training program according to his ability, enabling the horse to enjoy his work and develop a cooperative partnership with riders and handlers.

bombproof training starting, long lining

“There is no better training program for my yearlings on the planet than that at Flag Is Up Farms. They are the true professionals without question.” – John Moore, 2007, leading Hong Kong trainer and buyer of Electronic Unicorn. Electronic Unicorn was a winner of multiple Gr. I races and received his starting and pre-race training at Flag Is Up Farms.

Every care is taken to always have the safest surface from the round pens with OttoSport footing, the indoor and outdoor sand arenas, and the well-maintained 5/8-mile oval race track. Flag Is Up gives young horses the competitive advantage with experienced exercise riders who have patience, balance and good hands. Our trainers cause our horses to become focused athletes from the outset of their professional careers.

“In a world that has shrunk to a global village, it is important that mankind act as a responsible steward of creation whether human or animal. Monty Roberts, in his life’s work of perfecting communication without pain or fear, achieves this with respect and love for all creatures. I am very proud and privileged to have Monty as a friend and teacher.” Terry Pendry Stud groom to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor Castle

Successful Thoroughbreds trained at Flag Is Up Farms include Santa Anita Derby winner An Act, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Alleged, Germany’s champion 3-year-old Lomitas, Gr. I Stakes winner Sabiango and multiple Grades Stakes winners Profit Key and Carson City.

Champion Horse “Alleged” from our track to ‘back to back’ wins in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe “Using Monty Roberts’ techniques, the man learns the horse while the horse learns to trust the man. This results in nonviolent communication between the horse and his trainer. A horse enjoys learning, and this is the best program I have ever seen to teach a horse.” ~ Joe L.Taylor, the legendary founder of Taylor Made Farm, Lexington, Kentucky

“The professionalism and horsemanship shown by the team at Flag Is Up Farms is amazing. Monty Roberts is simply a genius.” ~ Douglas Whyte, 2007, Hong Kong Leading Rider and 7-time winner of the Jockeys Championship Trophy

Satish Seemar“One of the greatest advantages of my professional career has beenusing Monty’s teachings, thereby creating harmonious partnerships between my horses and myself.

My love for horses came from within; my knowledge came through schools and universities; but my horsemanship was truly awakened during the four years I spent with Monty as his pupil.” ~ Satish Seemar Trainer at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Zabeel Racing Stables, Dubai, UAE

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For export Flag Is Up offers a worldclass, USDA-approved quarantine facility with twelve stalls, a Rower and Rub equine exerciser, wash racks, turnouts, a round pen, security fencing and 24-hour professional care, This facility is designed so the horses preparing to travel meet their quarantine period requirements while maintaining their physical fitness through daily exercise and a carefully supervised nutritional program. Top-level veterinarians from the Santa Ynez Valley support the horses needing veterinary care. Read more here »

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For further reading, please click on the links below:

When to Begin Training the Young Horse: by Monty Roberts

Starting Gates (or Starting Stalls): by Monty Roberts

Dealing with the Remedial Horse: by Monty Roberts

Monty Roberts Starting Gate Blanket: by Monty Roberts

Blushing ET and the Hallway System: by Monty Roberts

The Whip in Racing: by Monty Roberts

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Contact Us!

We respect and welcome continuous communication between the owners and trainers of our horses. Click here to email the team at Flag Is Up Farms or call +1-805-688-4382.

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