Raivo Salms became the first Latvian Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in April 2012. He started his education at the MRILC in autumn 2009. Besides the education process at Flag Is Up Farms, USA, he gained experience working with Monty Roberts instructors from Italy, Germany and Netherlands. Raivo and his wife, Ilze, run a riding instruction and horse training center, Erceni, located near Latvia’s capital city, Riga. Raivo is a member of the Monty Roberts Instructors Committee.
The Introductory and Advanced courses provide a strong foundation in Monty’s methods. They are valuable in their own right, but are also part of the process to become a Monty Roberts Instructor.
The Introductory course can be completed with any of our Certified Instructors worldwide. Some teach it in different formats, but the content and qualification are the same. For some students, the Introductory Course provides all of the skill they need to be successful with their horses. For those who want to further their skills, or become professionals in the industry, the next step is the Advanced course, which can only be completed at Flag Is Up Farms in California.
All course offer students effective tools to communicate using the horse’s own natural language, forming a partnership based on trust and communication rather than dominance. Included in your course is a subscription to Monty’s Equus Online University. This online learning tool will give you a great start prior to the course and a greater idea of what you will be learning and doing in the round pen during your course. The ongoing education that you will have with the online lessons will suggest exercises to continue with at home while working toward your exams.