Archive for April, 2017

 

Monty Roberts Joins the Water Hay Oats Alliance

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

April 27, 2017 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts spent six years in University and received doctorates in Behavioral Sciences from University of Zurich and University of Parma. Along with his wife, Pat, he built and operates Flag Is Up Farms, a renowned horse training facility along the central coast of California near Santa Barbara. In Monty’s words, “My life’s goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it, for horses and for people too.”

Roberts issued the following statement:

“Recent circumstances have served to bring me to a final conclusion regarding the organization WHOA. This organization supports the notion that horses should perform in racing without the assistance of drugs. The initials stand for Water, Hay, Oats Alliance.

It has been my life’s passion to teach trainers, owners, and lovers of horses to treat them with respect and in the most positive light possible. So, recently I decided to seek the advice of many whom I believe to be at the top of their professions to help me analyze the factors for clean racing as proposed by WHOA.

It shocks me to realize that certain statements have been made to me over my years in the horse industry that are absolutely false when it comes to the use of drugs. Lasix sits at the heart of drug use with Thoroughbred horses in the United States. Those of us who travel the world in this industry realize that virtually all of the other racing countries execute their racing under the guidelines proposed by WHOA. There, the horses race and the industry goes forward, drug free.

For the past few decades, one could open the racing program at any track in the United States and see that most of the entries performed with the circled L behind their name. Several different veterinarians personally told me that approximately 80% of the horses in racing in the U.S. are bleeders needing Lasix.  But recently I learned from high-level individuals that studies show it is more likely that a realistic number of horses in which bleeding is a significant problem would be in the area of 2-4%, not anywhere near the 95% of those horses who raced on Lasix last year.

Also, many years ago it came to my attention that Lasix encumbered the testing procedures so as to mask performance-enhancing drugs. I am now of the opinion that many people actively engaged in racing have either been misinformed through ignorance or misinformed for monetary reasons.

My goal is for us to be as fair with the horses as we possibly can be. After decades of studying the issue and listening to knowledgeable veterinary experts, I have looked at both sides of this issue and I am hereby casting my support to WHOA and its efforts to bring about medication reform.  It humbles me to be included on the list of these legends of our industry.

WHOA has raised awareness that the Thoroughbred industry has public relations issues that will not likely go away without change in the administration of drugs. For the health and welfare of our horses, I ask people to study the issues and support WHOA’s efforts to improve our industry and the lives of our partners, the horses.”

Monty Roberts
Flag Is Up Farms

 

Podcasts on a Plane, Surprise

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Traveling to Brazil recently left me with lots of time to fill. The back of the seat in front of me provided my inflight safety information rather than the human who usually does, so I was drawn to the selection of entertainment offerings as soon as the flight took off. Movies are fine, TV not so much. But I smiled when I saw audio books and podcasts on the list. When did that become a thing? I closed my eyes (something you can’t do with video) and dove in to podcasts.

Over 35 million people listened to podcasts weekly in 2016. Overall, podcast listening increased from 11% to 36%, translating into an estimated population of 98 million (Edison Research). Even more, 21% of Americans over age 12 have listened to a podcast in the past month growing since a 12% share in 2013 (Pew Research, January 28, 2017). The podcast audience is bigger than you think. Podcast growth is being driven by mobility and horse people are mobile!

Everyone is the horse industry should have a position in this podcast movement. It happens on your phone, in your ear, at the barn and in your truck. That means you should be a guest or market your service  or product there to find your people. Yes, you have people. You can find specific topics and disciplines to educate and entertain. One thing we all should know is
that Horses are Horses and we can learn from all.

The Horsemanship Radio podcast began as a way to share good horsemanship knowledge and now has 85 episodes on demand with about 200 guests and the greatest diversity of subjects you can find in equestrian programming. In 2016 they had 12,120 unique listeners per month and a total of 239,447 downloads. That was up about 20% over 2015. In that year they produced
25 episodes with over 28 hours of programming with over 40 guests.

In January of 2017 they had 10,955 unique listeners and 17,309 downloads. In February they had 10,558 unique listeners and 17,737 downloads.

The Top Three Episodes:

1.    Trainer Satish Seemar, Arthur Robinson Dixon From South Africa
2.    Dr. Veronica Fowler: Study Shows Join-Up Benefits Horses
3.    Unbranded Documentary Star Ben Masters, American Polo Star Nic Roldan, Monty Roberts Trainer’s Tip

Countries:
USA-69%
UK-8%
Australia/NZ-6%
Canada-4%
Germany-2%
Sweden-1%
Others-10%

The show covers all aspects of good horsemanship and training. Horsemanship Radio’s variety of guests create a show that is smart, educational and entertaining. Horsemanship Radio wants to hear from you about taking a position in this podcast about good horsemanship.

For more information about becoming a listener, sponsor, or guest, visit
HorsemanshipRadio.com, call (949) 632-1856, or email debbie@montyroberts.com

Horsemanship Radio can also be found on iTunes https://
itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/horsemanship-radio-episodes/id657184487 and Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.horseradionetwork.hrn

Show Sponsors: IFA.com, OmegaFields.com, MontyRobertsUniversity.com

 

Monty Roberts Appearances in the USA

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Monty and Pat Roberts are pleased to announce three USA demonstrations in the coming months. The international growth of non-traditional and violence-free training of horses since 1996 when Monty’s autobiography The Man Who Listens to Horses was published, has drawn Monty to travel for over 25 years now. It is rare when Monty is able to demonstrate his mastery of horsemanship in the United States. His Flag Is Up Farms will host three events this spring and summer.

On May 13, Monty and Pat Roberts host NIGHT OF INSPIRATION

Your party will be welcomed to beautiful Flag Is Up Farms to watch Monty Roberts put a saddle and a rider on a horse for the first time. Witness first-hand the powerful relationship of trust and communication between a horse and a human. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner with New York Times Bestseller, ASPCA “Man of the Year”  and Horse and Hound’s Top 50 Greatest Horsemen of All Time Monty Roberts and sculptress Pat Roberts in their hilltop home. This unforgettable event is great for the whole family.
The Night of Inspiration starts at 5:00pm, but if you would like to tour the Farm prior to the event, you are welcome to arrive early and walk the grounds on our 75-acre Farm. Our office will be opening at 3:30pm that day if you would like to pick up anything for the signing later that evening. There is horse training taking place daily, with many different breeds.

Monty will demonstrate his signature Join-Up®, starting a horse to his first saddle and rider in about 30 minutes. His history of starting horses since he was a young person inspires people to develop their skills in building trust and communication between horse and human.  PRICE: $199 USD

On July 10-21, Monty will teach the GENTLING WILD HORSES: 10 DAYS

This course will give students the opportunity to use Monty’s non-violent methods with ‘untouched’ horses. Students will observe and have ‘hands-on’ lessons according to their levels of skill. They will work in the unique facility, the ‘IFA Untouched Gentling Pen,’ which is designed for the humane treatment of wild horses, and the safety of horse and handler.

Be part of the experience of horse’s first touch by human hand and of the process, which allows them to be haltered, led, groomed and have their feet picked up. It is a fantastic way to learn more about the nature of the horse, as ‘untouched’ horses are a very good ‘mirror’ to learn more about oneself as well. This course is open for everyone, but ‘hands-on’ sessions will be limited to the skill set of each individual. A Rosette of Accomplishment will be provided upon completing the course.

On July 31-August 4 Monty will teach the MONTY’S SPECIAL TRAINING: 5 DAYS

Witness what created a revolution in horsemanship and open your mind to a whole new perspective on your horse’s methods of communication and behavior. Experience what hundreds of students have discovered at Monty Roberts International Learning Center; a wonderful learning environment where you will enjoy the staff, meet new friends and return home with a better understanding of your equine companion. Every horse enthusiast can find lessons below to fit their interests.

A unique opportunity to be at Flag Is Up Farms with Monty, watching, asking questions and learning as Monty and a team of his Certified Instructors work with a range of young and remedial horses. By observing this renowned and gifted horseman, you gain first-hand knowledge during demonstrations, lectures and discussions. This class is for the novice, as well as the advanced student, to observe a master at work practicing his discoveries that have changed the horse world internationally.

Monty shares how to communicate with horses in their natural language in various situations during this intensive five-day class. This exclusive format helps you better understand problem solving using Monty’s violence-free training methods. Depending on the horses brought in to train that week, these issues may be a part of the course:

• leadership issues
• ground manners
• teaching to tie
• crossing water (and/or obstacles)
• loading
• head-shyness
• mounting
• bucking
• standing for the farrier
• kicking and biting
• starting a young horse

Spend time with like-minded people absorbing what non-violent communication can be. Enjoy the included lunch daily and share lively discussions with Monty and students from around the world as each day is full with learning.

For a complete description of these demonstrations and clinics, visit website http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/  or phone 805-688-6288

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