The Upper Room
In The Man Who Listens to Horses, Monty Roberts tells of learning to train horses by listening to them. His father had trained horses through physical domination and fear, “breaking” them. But Monty hated how the horses suffered and sought a better way.
As a teenager, Monty spent long hours observing wild mustangs. He watched how they used their bodies to communicate with each other and to establish relationships. Monty began experimenting with ways to use his own body to communicate with the animals. He learned to use his eyes, hands, and body to work with the mustangs. Soon they were as responsive to him as they were to other horses in the herd. Based on what he learned, Monty has trained thousands of horse trainers, proving that horses do not have to be dominated or abused in order to learn to let us ride them. (more…)