Archive for September, 2016

 

Monty Roberts’ Upcoming Clinic Dates in California and the UK

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Media Contact: Debbie Loucks
Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International
(949) 632-1856

August 29, 2016, Solvang, California: Monty Roberts and his professional team teaches RIDING WITH RESPECT; striving for partnership and communication with your horse through non-violent training. This year’s dates are September 24-25. More information can be found here: http://www.montyroberts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/RwR_Sept2016.pdf
 
This is a unique opportunity to attend a ridden clinic at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California. The clinic consists of two days of group training for you and your horse. Instruction will be tailored to meet your level of riding. All disciplines and types of horses are welcome; however, if you want to bring a young horse, we suggest you have had 60 plus days of ridden training prior to the clinic. Maximum 10 people with horses. A limited number of our Willing Partners™ horses are available to ride in the clinic for an additional fee. Lunch is included. Riding with Respect is Saturday/Sunday, September 24-25 • $600/weekend or $350/day with your own horse • $900/weekend or $450/day with a Willing Partners™ horse http://www.montyroberts.com/horses/willing-partners-program/  Email info@montyroberts.com or Call 805-688-6288
 
In the United Kingdom, Roberts will be demonstrating on these dates and locations:

October 15th in Lancashire, October 21st Hartpury Gloucester, October 26th Surrey, October 29th Devon, November 3rd East Yorkshire, and November 5th Lincolnshire. Ticket info: http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/

Roberts’ first public demonstrations were in the United States beginning in 1986. They were limited to two or three public demonstrations per year. It was April of 1989 when he met Her Majesty, the Queen. At the conclusion of one week’s work at Windsor Castle, Her Majesty arranged for 21 cities and 98 horses that were added to the 23 horses Roberts worked with at Windsor in a five-day period of time. The total on the trip was 121 horses.

To date, Roberts’ overall statistics read like this:

27 years
10,800 horses
2,763 public events
2.3 million miles
3.6 million attendees
41 countries
2,950 untrained horses (first saddle and first rider)
2,750 non-loaders
5,100 random remedial horses
Cancellations – zero
Illnesses – zero
 
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Science Confirms It: Join-Up® is Gentle on Horses

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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A paper titled “Monty Roberts’ public demonstrations: Preliminary report on the heart rate and heart rate variability of horses undergoing training during live audience events” has been accepted for publication in the international journal “Animals.”

“Animals” is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal concerned with publishing high quality scientific papers within the field of ‘animals’, including zoology, ethnozoology, animal science, animal ethics and animal welfare. In particular, this journal showcases scientific study describing animals’ interactions with the outside world, including humans. “Animals” is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure the addition of high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication.

This new paper describes the opportunistic collection and analysis of heart rate (HR; beat-to-beat intervals) and heart rate variability (HRV) of 10 horses being trained during Monty Roberts’ public demonstrations within the United Kingdom and is authored by Loni Loftus, Kelly Marks, Rosie Jones-McVey, Jose L. Gonzales and Dr. Veronica L. Fowler (lead author).

Key findings from the study include:

• Stress responses recorded in this study were comparable (e.g. when compared to horses undergoing foundation training) or more favorable (e.g. when compared to novel object tests, handling tests or horses anticipating competition) to previously reported studies in the literature. 
• Stress responses during public demonstrations were proportional to low-moderate exercise intensities described in other training methods where horses were under similar levels of physiological stress as reported in literature.
• The stress responses during a specific training method known as “Join-Up®” were comparable to other methods of training used by Monty Roberts during public demonstrations, and were consistent with exercise intensity (physiological stress). There was no evidence that Join-Up® altered HR and HRV in a way to suggest that this training method presents the horse with psychological or physical stressors which would negatively affect welfare. 
• There was preliminary evidence that training undertaken in a roundpen, including Join-Up® controls or inhibits the flight response (limits the fear response). 


In conclusion, training of horses during public demonstrations is a mild stressor for horses. However the stress responses observed within this study were comparable or less to those previously reported in the literature for horses being trained outside of public audience events and was indicative of exercise at low-moderate intensity (physiological stress), rather than psychological stress. 

The full paper will be available open access within 10 days.

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