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NEW: Monty’s Lead Lines

August 25th, 2014

Monty teaches why freedom of choice, intrinsic learning, and mistakes are all learning opportunities. Monty developed these 2 new lengths to allow your horses to learn incrementally. This is the heart of Monty’s educational message.

These lead lines are:

  • Soft – cushioned cotton core and special soft nylon, double stitched to last
  • Easier to hold than round ropes – any size hand can get a good grip
  • Super strong nylon doesn’t break down in dirt and moisture
  • Brightly colored for easy identification of length – even in the dirt – 12’ (4 meters) is RED and 17’ (almost 6 meters) is BLUE
  • Durable brass snaps hold up in harsh conditions

Uses – Why 12 feet (3,65 meters)?
Gives a handler maneuvering room if a horse plays up
Plenty of length to wrap through the noseband to create an alternative to harsh chains – in case you are stuck without your Dually!
Can be used to create a quick foal handler (figure of eight)

Uses – Why 17 feet (5,18 meters)?
A good length to use for Join-Ups in the Round Pen. The weighted end tosses easily and creates a nice slapping sound for send away
A good safe length for trailer loading
A good length for Dually Halter training for leading manners and standing still
The perfect length for leading a horse from atop another pony horse – not too much line in your hands but plenty of length to safely lead.

12 feet – $20 USD

17 feet – $25 USD

Call +1 805-688-6288 or write to

Sharing Silence with Shy Boy and Nicholas

July 14th, 2014

This is a story about a boy and a Mustang’s meeting at Monty’s farm in California. Nicholas was born with triplegic cerebral palsy and lives mostly in silence. His mother Catherine is his voice. Nicholas has a hero who is another strong, silent type: a little mustang horse called Shy Boy. Monty Roberts used the silent language of horses, which is a language of gestures, to create a bond between himself and Shy Boy, who was born in the wild 21 years ago and for the past fifteen or so years had been living on Monty’s Flag Is Up Farms. Last Christmas, Catherine asked Nicholas what he wanted. He said he wanted to ride Shy Boy.

On Christmas Eve, Nicholas’ mom emailed Monty Roberts.

“I have a son with cerebral palsy and he does not speak. He has been riding since he was 2 and I attribute his ability to walk to riding. He has a great seat on the horse and over the years has bonded with so many horses. He is now 17. When he was around 4, you came to Maryland and did a demonstration. We were there. He has a poster of Shy Boy on his bedroom wall that you signed. We also got the Shy Boy video and this video has been playing in our house for the last 13 years, almost daily. He loves Shy Boy. At riding centers, I would often name the current horse “Shy Boy” . I thought I could somehow trick him into believing that he was getting his wish that he asked for every year. It never worked.

For Christmas this year, once again he has asked to ride Shy Boy. I have tried to explain that Shy Boy lives with you which is far away and so he adds to his Christmas list to meet you as well. Have you ever had this request before? I know you must think I am crazy, but I am planning a trip to California in the summer to visit an Aunt and friends. If there is the remotest possibility of Nicholas being able to meet you and ride Shy Boy – even if just for a few minutes, I would make a trip to your farm. I know how busy you are. We have the greatest respect for you and what you have brought not only to the training of horses, but also to the training of businessmen and CEO’s over the years. You have given so much of yourself. I will understand if this request is too remarkable, but I have to tell you that Santa (me) has to ask as I have a young man who is persistent in his request. He has been requesting this for 12 years and when we watched your video of Shy Boy running into the trailer to sign the books, I thought, “Okay, I will ask.”

I hope this reaches you Mr. Roberts. Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to receiving your response.”

Below is an excerpt from a recent article that describes the events that followed. It is written by Kelcie Pegher. Click here to read the full article.

On New Year’s Eve, Catherine received a response from Roberts’ daughter, who asked for a video of Nicholas riding. She sent one. On June 23 Nicholas and his mother embarked on a trip to visit Monty Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms. Catherine assumed Nicholas would get to the farm, spend five or 10 minutes on the horse, and then leave. Instead, she said, “We were treated — I say like royalty, but also like family.”

“I saw him in the yard and saw how profoundly challenged he was, and all of a sudden it was the most important thing in my life,” Monty said. Roberts gave them a demonstration, and then Nicholas met Shy Boy. “It was almost like they were speaking volumes with no words,” Catherine said. Shy Boy never took his eyes off Nicholas. First, Nicholas looked down, as a sign of respect to the horse, and the two connected. Then Shy Boy reached up and nuzzled Nicholas with his nose. Everyone, Catherine said, had tears pouring down their cheeks. It looked like two old friends meeting, she said.

“Nick doesn’t show an awful lot of emotion. He’s not a big smiler, he’s not a big crier or anything like that,” she said. When they moved to take Shy Boy to the arena, Nicholas looked back at his mom. “I saw that it had totally moved him — tears in his eyes,” she said. Nicholas rode Shy Boy for about 15 to 20 minutes. Roberts talked about the benefits of therapeutic riding. They went to the stable where Shy Boy was resting and Nicholas spent a long time just sharing time with the horse. When the two said goodbye, Nicholas blew Shy Boy a kiss and said “Bye-bye Shy Boy.” The horse lifted his head and nodded.

Catherine said the trip made her understand something about her son for the first time. She spent his entire childhood trying to fix his cerebral palsy, she said. She tried to make sure he could walk, enrolled him in therapy and did anything she could think of to help him. Now, she said, she understands that “he lives in a place that’s simple, full of joy. His dreams do come true. Most people can’t say that.” When he needs to say something, Nicholas looks at his mother and touches his neck, before clicking onto his communication device. Catherine said she’s so used to saying Nicholas’ words out loud for him that she forgets to appreciate his silence. When Nicholas met Shy Boy, that changed. “I had to stand in his silence,” she said. “I’ve never really stood in Nicholas’ silence before and in that moment, I did.”

Launch of a New Corporate Training Webpage

July 3rd, 2014

For Immediate Release

Debbie Loucks

Flag Is Up Farms


Molly Fogel and Taylor Viering | Corporate Learning Institute

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Solvang, California, July 1, 2014; MPRI is pleased to announce the launch of our new events and corporate training webpage. The website features the development of new events, the Day and Night of Inspiration, as well as several new corporate training and development workshops held at Flag Is Up Farms.


Every organization needs training that impacts people at a deep level and leaves them with lasting tools. We have developed a series of training workshops that will inspire and develop your people at the majestic Flag Is Up Farms. The available workshops focus on developing teams, leadership and organizational strategy. We also offer an exciting new training style we call Rapid Learning. Our Rapid Learning Workshops allow your people to learn and practice relevant skills in half the time of traditional training methods.


Susan Cain, MPRI partner at the Corporate Learning Institute is excited about the new webpage. “Flag Is Up Farms is a great place to hold workshops and events,” Cain commented. “The backdrop of having a live horse farm to work at combined with state-of-the-art classrooms allows a relaxed and unusual environment for learning and reconnecting.”


For a complete description of our new corporate training programs and events, visit our website at


To hold your next corporate event at Flag Is Up Farms contact Adam Bates at

Pony Tale Miller: A 100% Living Farrier

July 1st, 2014
Sir Monty, I am born an animal lover. I am a farrier. It never set with me right to smack, chain, twitch, or drug a horse so I can service said horse. Unfortunately in the farrier biz, such practices are handed down from generations of misguided horse shoers to their apprentices as a text book on farrier justice in the eye of horse society. I do think that in horse society, justice is swift, to the point and over with as fast as it is administered. Problem with that is I could never figure out which ones I could smack. Some would get the desired affect, others wont let another farrier near them, some plot revenge and as you lye upside down against the stall wall pondering why the Star Ship Enterprise beamed you from the horse the the wall, the horse is thinkin’, ‘Justice served! When is that stall boy gonna feed me, lick and chew, lick and chew.’
So I get a new client, and I have to glue shoes on him. I have to hold the foot for about 7 to 10 minuets but he wont stand still. Glue is expensive and if he sticks his foot on the ground before its sets, somebody is eatin’ 30 dollars of glue. I shared this problem with Ada Gates and she told me, you need to get one of Monty’s Dually halters. I did, and It changed my whole approach to horses. I used it for several years with out any formal training with 100% success. I was so impressed with it that I went to Flag Is Up Farms to learn more for a week. It was the ice cream on the cake. I work on a lot of back yard horses, and I get the farrier rejects that no other farriers want to work on because they don’t understand anything other than violence. On average I can school a horse in ten minutes or less. I had one take a half hour and recently I had a 10 month old take 2 hours. You couldn’t catch the 10 month old at first, and when I was done he wouldn’t leave my side even after I took the halter off. I’ve had that happen a lot.
Horses are smart and they pick up fast. Today I had a new horse, a brood mare that had never had her feet worked on. The new owner wanted a gentle hand and heard tales about me. The mare looked like someone dropped her out of a 10 story building. Her feet looked like splattered eggs. I was thinkin’ drugs ’cause sometimes the feet hurt to much to stand while being trimmed. However I always try the Dually halter first. She was very smart and it took very light schooling to convince her to let me trim her. Her foal even nursed while I trimmed her. It was a beautiful thing. 
I’m sure that some day I will run into that ‘Charles Manson’ of horses that I should flee from but to date I have had nothing but 100% success. I am 53 winters old and I have never had 100% at anything but living.
I’m always humbled by the process and always wonder if its me or is it just the great spirit smiling through me? Personally, I think I’m too retarded. Thank God for the Great Spirit, “No pun intended” I couldn’t tell you how to put a saddle on a horse, but I can convince one to let me mess with its feet, the weakest link in a horse’s chain. My request is that you do more video on farrier approach to horses as well as owner approach to prepping a horse for the farrier. I have found that if I can convince the owner to pick up the feet as little as once a month, it makes a huge difference in my job.
Your ever grateful humble fan, Ponytale.
[Ponytale is an Indian name. I've been told that its translation is "closet thing to a horses ass."]

Responses to Negative Media in Brazil

June 17th, 2014

Dear Followers and Friends,

It is with sadness and repudiation that Monty and the Join-Up International Organization have watched the show on Brazilian broadcast TV Record last night, with severe accusations on our image and reputation. Whereas all legal actions are being taken immediately, there are some important facts we would like to make public:

- Monty Roberts is a 79 year old professional and has been working with horses for more than 70 years in about 30 countries in the world. About 3000 public demonstrations have been already given with more than 11 thousand horses worked in his career. 100% of the demonstrations have been photographed or filmed by at least one person in the audience. There is not a single scene in Monty Roberts’ entire life that shows Monty Roberts beating or treating a horse badly.

- Monty Roberts has been to Brazil more than 5 times and have given more than 10 public demonstrations in the country for thousands of people. There has not been a single complaint regarding any animal that has participated in these demonstrations.

- Monty Roberts does not travel with a film crew. All filming is done by the organizers of the events where Monty Roberts participates. All the footage presented on TV Record´s show was filmed by the Mangalarga Association Staff. Monty Roberts only asked the professionals that were filming the scene to show the cruelty that was being made to the animal, as he wanted to possess material that could show people how harsh the traditional methods still are in many regions all around the world.

- Monty didn’t instruct the people dealing with the horse as to how they should have done their method. Everything they have done came from their personal experience and knowledge. It was incorrect of the reporter when he says that Monty is asking the men in the arena to tie the horse in the pole. Monty is pointing to the pole for the videographer not to miss this scene of cruelty. This can be verified in the original, unedited film.

- Everything would have been done anyway, as it was scheduled to happen by the organization, without any recording being saved. It was Monty Roberts who had the courage to ask for everything to be recorded so that it could be proven how horses are started in this harsh way.

- There was a veterinarian requested by Monty Roberts, and there is no truth in the fact that the horse has died after the demonstration.

- The horses were being kept in dozens of confined in tiny pens with bad footing (made of sharp rocks), and Monty complained to the organization about that.

- It’s partially true that Monty could have jumped in the pen and tried to stop the action. It might have been a mistake not to do it. At the same time, one has to think that Monty was not in charge of the demonstration, is a 79 year old man who doesn’t speak Portuguese and was invited to watch. It is also true that almost a hundred people were watching the scene and not only no one tried to stop it, but cheering can be heard when the horse fell on the ground after being beaten. This was not shown on the edited video of last night’s show.

- Monty was given no chance to show his side of the facts. The reporter sent an email to Monty Roberts saying that they wanted to talk about the Join-Up method because there was many people who loved the latest TV report done about the method (the email is in the possession of Monty Roberts). There was a call then last Thursday, only a few days before the broadcasting of the show, with a completely different approach, clearly aiming to put Monty Roberts on the criminal side of the story. After that Monty Roberts has tried to reach TV Record many times through his representatives in Brazil to show his side of the facts, and no phone call has been returned.

It’s a sad day. For Monty, for his cause, and mainly for the horses. As stated, all legal measures are being taken. Monty has a deep admiration for Brazil, for its people, and how they are learning a new way to relate with horses. He thanks everyone for the supportive messages he has been receiving, and apologizes to people who are feeling betrayed after seeing these disturbing facts. He will do everything in his reach to bring the true facts public.

Sincerely, Monty Roberts and family



Queridos Seguidores e Amigos,

Sua com tristeza e repúdio que Monty ea Organização Internacional Join-Up assistiram o show na TV Record de transmissão brasileiro na noite passada, com acusações graves sobre a nossa imagem e reputação. Considerando todas as ações judiciais estão sendo tomadas imediatamente, existem alguns fatos importantes que gostaríamos de tornar público:

- Monty Roberts é um profissional de 79 anos e tem vindo a trabalhar com cavalos há mais de 70 anos, em cerca de 30 países do mundo. Cerca de 3.000 manifestações públicas já foram dados com mais de 11 mil cavalos trabalharam em sua carreira. 100% das manifestações foram fotografadas ou filmadas por pelo menos uma pessoa na platéia. Não há uma única cena na vida inteira Monty Roberts, que mostra Monty Roberts bater ou tratar um cavalo mal.

- Monty Roberts foi para o Brasil mais de 5 vezes e ter dado mais de 10 manifestações públicas no país para milhares de pessoas. Não houve uma única reclamação quanto qualquer animal que tenha participado nessas manifestações.

- Monty Roberts não viaja com uma equipe de filmagem. Todos filmagens é feito pelos organizadores dos eventos onde Monty Roberts participa. Todas as imagens apresentadas no programa de TV Record foi filmado pelo Mangalarga Associação do Pessoal. Monty Roberts só pediu os profissionais que estavam filmando a cena para mostrar a crueldade que estava sendo feito para o animal, como ele queria possuir material que poderia mostrar às pessoas como dura os métodos tradicionais ainda são, em muitas regiões em todo o mundo.

- Monty não instruiu as pessoas que lidam com o cavalo sobre a forma como eles deveriam ter feito o seu método. Tudo o que eles têm feito veio de sua experiência pessoal e conhecimento. Foi incorreta do repórter quando ele diz que Monty está pedindo os homens na arena para amarrar o cavalo no poste. Monty está apontando para o pólo para o cinegrafista não perder esta cena de crueldade. Isto pode ser verificado no filme original, não editada.

- Tudo teria sido feito de qualquer maneira, uma vez que estava programado para acontecer pela organização, sem qualquer gravação que está sendo salvo. Foi Monty Roberts, que teve a coragem de pedir tudo a ser gravado para que ele pudesse ser provado como os cavalos são iniciados desta forma dura.

- Houve um veterinário solicitada por Monty Roberts, e não há verdade no fato de que o cavalo morreu após a manifestação.

- Os cavalos estavam sendo mantidos em dezenas de confinados em pequenas canetas com mau pé (feito de pedras afiadas) e Monty reclamou com a organização sobre isso.

- Sua parcialmente verdade que Monty poderia ter saltado na caneta e tentou parar a ação. Pode ter sido um erro não fazê-lo. Ao mesmo tempo, tem de se pensar que Monty não estava no comando da manifestação, é um homem de 79 anos que não fala Português e foi convidado para assistir. Também é verdade que quase uma centena de pessoas estavam assistindo a cena e não só ninguém tentou impedi-lo, mas torcida pode ser ouvido quando o cavalo caiu no chão depois de ser batido. Isso não foi mostrado no vídeo editado do show da noite passada.

- Monty foi dada nenhuma chance de mostrar seu lado dos fatos. O repórter enviou um email para Monty Roberts dizendo que queria falar sobre o método Join-Up, porque não havia muitas pessoas que amavam o relatório TV mais recente feito sobre o método (o e-mail é na posse de Monty Roberts). Houve uma chamada em seguida, na quinta-feira, apenas alguns dias antes da transmissão do show, com uma abordagem completamente diferente, com o objetivo claro de colocar Monty Roberts no lado criminoso da história. Depois que Monty Roberts tentou chegar TV Record, muitas vezes por meio de seus representantes no Brasil para mostrar o seu lado dos fatos, e nenhum telefonema foi devolvido.

É um dia triste. Para Monty, por sua causa, e, principalmente, para os cavalos. Como foi dito, estão sendo tomadas todas as medidas legais. Monty tem uma profunda admiração por Brasil, por seu povo, e como eles estão aprendendo uma nova maneira de se relacionar com os cavalos. Ele agradece a todos pelas mensagens de apoio que tem recebido, e pede desculpas para as pessoas que estão se sentindo traído depois de ver esses fatos perturbadores. Ele fará tudo ao seu alcance para trazer a verdade dos fatos públicos.

Atenciosamente, família Monty Roberts


From Eduardo Moreira:

Caros Leitores e Amigos

Fui abordado por varios amigos e pessoas próximas hoje a noite pedindo para que eu me manifestasse publicamente em relação a uma reportagem feita pelo programa da Rede Record sobre Monty Roberts, na qual ele assiste uma Doma ser feita da forma tradicional onde um animal é brutalmente espancado. Não assisti a reportagem na televisão, mas assisti aos links que me foram enviados em email ou mensagens privadas desta e de outras redes. Como fui o primeiro brasileiro a trazer Monty Roberts ao Brasil e com ele tenho relação de profunda amizade, acho pertinente colocar-me diante dos fatos.

Segue o que sei sobre o assunto e minha posição sobre o ocorrido. O video foi gravado na exposição do cavalo Mangalarga Marchador em Belo Horizonte, há cerca de dois anos atrás. Eu não estava no local, cheguei a cidade dois dias depois, para ser tradutor de Monty Roberts e acompanhar suas demonstrações, como sempre fiz todas as vezes em que esteve no Brasil. Não estive lá, mas pude acompanhar o processo em conversas que tive com Monty Roberts ao telefone.

Um dia antes do qual foi gravado o video, Monty Roberts me telefonou dizendo que ficara impressionado com a forma com que os cavalos eram tratados na exposição. Ficavam presos ås dezenas em piquetes com piso de pedra bruta e paralelepípedos, alimentados inadequadamente em bandos, e tratados com chicotes e violência por seus tratadores. Posso afirmar que presenciei esta cena dois dias depois quando cheguei a exposição, e em relação ao tamanho dos piquetes e em relação ao piso inadequado o video da própria reportagem pode mostrar. Monty me falou então que estava programada para o dia seguinte nesta area onde os cavalos estavam confinados, uma demonstração de doma da forma tradicional, ou “bruta” e que gravaria o video, pois em suas viagens pelo mundo as pessoas não acreditam que animais em lugar algum do mundo ainda são domados com violência como Monty afirma ja ter visto centenas de vezes em suas viagens.

Monty me ligou então no dia seguinte para contar sobre a cena. Disse que eu não acreditaria nas cenas que tinha visto, e que ficou ainda mais impressionado com a reação das pessoas, que ao verem o cavalo cair no chão ao ser chicoteado, ˜vibraram” como se tivessem assistido a um gol de futebol (em suas palavras). Este trecho me parece que foi retirado do video da reportagem, mas faz parte do video não editado, e é realmente surpreendente. Monty realmente não tomou atitude alguma ao ver o cavalo ser domado daquela forma (que mal parece uma doma, parece mesmo uma agressão gratuita) porque não era uma atividade na qual ele estava sob comando. Ele estava realmente coordenando a filmagem porque queria capturar estas cenas, até para mostrar que poderia mudar a atitude das pessoas que estavam domando o cavalo daquela forma. Monty nem sua equipe carregam maquinas de filmar em suas viagens. Todo o equipamento e profissionais que filmaram o video foram da Associacao que coordenava o evento, que depois deram os videos para Monty. Esta é uma informação facil de checar também.

Monty acaba de completar 79 anos, e ja fez mais de 4000 apresentações em público ao redor do mundo, em mais de 50 anos de viagens divulgando sua técnica. Em todo lugar, sem exceção, esta acompanhado por alguém com uma camera ou filmadora acompanhando seus passos (até porque a maioria deles é composta por fãs). Nestes mais de 50 anos e milhares de demonstrações, não existe (pelo menos eu nunca vi) Monty fazendo uma atitude qualquer que pudesse ser considerada como minimamente agressiva. E todos os cavalos sem exceção foram trabalhados melhorando seus maus hábitos. Monty é pai adotivo de 47 crianças e mais 3 filhos biológicos. Conheço uma boa parte deles pessoalmente, e todos me dizem que mudaram suas vidas pela forma como foram criados por Monty.

Mateus, que aparece na reportagem, é um garoto de ouro, e Monty Roberts tem uma admiração e carinho enorme por ele. Mateus me ligou pessoalmente há um mês atras e disse que estava sofrendo ameaças de agressão e xingamentos e ofensas a ele e a sua família por causa do video, e remis inclusive por perder seu emprego, Mateus foi campeão brasileiro na ultima exposição do Mangalarga Marchador, e utiliza hoje os métodos de Monty Roberts. Foi uma covardia o que fizeram com este rapaz.

Pessoalmente já acompanhei umas 5 viagens de Monty em demonstrações de seus métodos. Ele já se apresentou em meu sitio em 4 oportunidades também. Em todas estas oportunidades, algumas centenas de brasileiros tiveram a oportunidade de ver como ele trata os cavalos e as pessoas. Ninguem as falou, nem assistiram a reportagens, elas viram pessoalmente, e podem testemunhar o que viram. Curioso a reportagem ter ligado para Monty Roberts apenas no sábado, para um programa com acusações tão serias que seria exibido na segunda. Isto não é uma reportagem investigatória, é uma reportagem acusativa. Não fui em momento algum procurado também, e se tivesse seriam exatamente as palavras que aqui reproduzo aque teria dito.

Quanto a mim, que mesmo tem ser sido citado na reportagem, reitero meu respeito e admiração por Monty Roberts. A forma como sempre o vi tratando não só os cavalos mas vários outros animais me fez ver o mundo de outra forma. Desde que o conheci, viajei vários cantos do Brasil, treinando cavalos de outras pessoas e demonstrando as técnicas, em quase todos os casos gratuitamente. Muitos que aqui me seguem estiveram nestas demonstrações e puderam observar inclusive seus próprios cavalos serem domados por mim. Meu livro fez com que milhares de pessoas passassem a adotar hábitos mais saudáveis e a tratar seus cavalos de uma forma mais gentil e humana, E doou dezenas de milhares de reais para institutos sem fins lucrativos, pois como muitos sabem todos os recursos de todas primeiras edições foram doados (eu inclusive postei os comprovantes de doação nesta mídia social para que os leitores acompanhassem).

Escrevo em meu livro uma frase de Santo Agostinho que gosto muito, que me foi dita por um psicólogo numa fase muito divicil de minha vida em que estava sendo criticado (na minha visão injustamente) por muitos de quem gostava. “Nec Majore in Laude, Nec Minor in Vituperio”, ou em português “Nem maiores nos elogios, nem menores nas criticas”. Monty não se torna uma pessoa melhor ou pior de uma semana para outra. Ele é quem ele sempre foi, e quem teve a chance de vê-lo pessoalmente pode fazer seu juízo de valor. Eu o acho uma pessoa especial e iluminada.

Quanto a reportagem, Monty deve tomar as providencias legais cabíveis para proteger sua imagem e reputação. Tenho certeza que fará. Não só contra o programa, mas também contra outras publicações menores e pouco conhecidas que quiseram pegar carona nestes fatos para promoverem-se. Curioso como algumas delas podem estar comemorando uma reportagem como esta publicamente, que mostra cenas cruéis e tristes.

O mesmo canal de televisão esteve em meu sitio há alguns meses atras para ver como o método funcionava. Foi uma manha maravilhosa, aonde pude domar cavalos que não conhecia diante dos repórteres e cinegrafistas. Foram todos incrivelmente bacanas comigo e com minha família. A reportagem ocupou três blocos do programa de maior audiência da editora, e recebi milhares de mensagens de pessoas que passaram a tratar seus cavalos de outra forma apôs assisti-la. Ela realmente prestou um serviço de utilidade publica. É uma pena ver a forma como fizeram esta reportagem, sem dar ao acusado o direito de se posicionar. Destruir um mito, apenas por destruir tem conseqüências enormes, e neste caso quem sofrerá mais serão os cavalos.

Do lado positivo (afinal aprendi a buscar o lado positivo em tudo que acontece ao meu redor) vejo com bons olhos a indignação do brasileiro com cenas de maltrato de animais, que acreditem ou não, ainda são utilizadas rotineiramente em muitas fazendas. Não acredito que as pessoas que domaram este cavalo com crueldade diante das cameras “inventaram” esta maneira de se domar cavalos ali na hora. Maneira alias, que coincide com vários outros videos amadores que se pode observar na internet. Que esta indignação legitima e poderosa possa levar as pessoas a buscar o que realmente acontece nos locais onde se criam e utilizam estes animais, e no médio prazo trazer a mudança duradoura que tanto se espera (falo pelo menos por mim) no trato destes animais.

Meu fraterno abraço
Eduardo Moreira
PS: Mensagem apta a ser reproduzida por aqueles que assim desejarem

A Summer of Inspiration with Monty Roberts

June 16th, 2014

By Debbie Roberts-Loucks and Dr. Susan Cain, authors of Life Lessons From The Man who Listens to Horses

It is finally summer, and that means that more people will be here in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, touring Flag Is Up Farms!

This month we hosted a great evening program called Night of Inspiration, featuring Monty’s signature Join-Up event, followed by a superb barbeque cookout. Over 45 people attended this great event–which was casual and at the same time very exciting. After watching a Join-Up® in Monty’s specially built round pen with viewing deck, the group headed to Monty and Pat Robert’s home atop the farm. There, they meet personally with Monty, Pat and their family, and enjoy a cocktail and dinner amid the signed photographs of the Queen of England and Pat’s award winning sculptures. It sounds like a commercial, but people who attend can’t say enough about how touched they are by the personal impact.

The next day, we held an intimate workshop called Life Lessons From The Man Who Listens To Horses. This full-day session is like an intimate book reading, a behind the scenes look at the famous stories from Monty’s original book- which spent over a year on the New York Times Best Selling list.

In this deeply personal session, participants get a chance to delve into the “back stories” in Monty’s fascinating life journey. We apply lessons learned, and think about our own lives and our own learning opportunities.

One of the session participants, Marsha Mantzoros, wrote this note about her experience:

“To you, Debbie, Monty, Pat & Laurel, thank you so much for allowing us an inside look at your life & home (stables). The small group allowed for a closer intimacy between all & I truly valued Monty’s ability especially to relay his private story. Sharing where we’ve been & what we’ve done allows comparison to all that we have become and/ or will become. A humble success story. What I regretted not asking Monty, as he goes through some struggles of his own, is how can we assist him & add to his life? What does he want from us??? How can we (I) help? Thanks again for a wonderful day.”

After receiving Marsha’s letter, we asked Marsha to tell us more about her experience. The resulting response is below:

“On June 1, 2014 I was blessed and grateful to be able to attend a seminar with Monty Roberts on his beautiful, peaceful ranch in Solvang, California. Living all my life on the East Coast, I never raised my head to notice this extraordinary Cowboy from the west who was doing wonders with horses in a way that I would have very much appreciated to

know about. So here I am in my 60’s, now living in California, and finally paying attention to a man worth paying attention to! The Life Lessons event on Sunday was beautiful, inspiring and fun. Pat Roberts, Debbie, Laurel (Roberts) and Sue Cain were all there to contribute to the day. Because of the small group, it was all up close & personal. All our questions and observations were addressed.

I came away feeling totally fulfilled, and that I am now on a path that would lead me forward with more insight and compassion for our giving, loyal friend, the horse.

Many thanks to the Roberts family and associates for putting this day together, for making us feel welcome and for passing on some valuable horse wisdom that we can carry with us.”

We get these responses from so many people that come away with a sense of renewal from Monty’s workshops. Even reading a Monty book or watching him work online via the Monty Robert’s Online University brings this improbable response on. It’s amazing and gratifying to watch Monty’s impact on people. From our Life Lessons workshop, we have a few tips to share to help you discover lessons taken from the session. Take a look at the personal development tools we introduced at the session here:


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Letter from Larry LaGue, foster son to Monty and Pat Roberts

June 3rd, 2014

Good luck at the Belmont, Art Sherman and California Chrome!

Dear Monty and Pat,

Art was a jockey for 21 years prior to becoming a trainer, and I was fortunate to have ridden with him for 7 or 8 of those years. He has been a trainer since 1976. When Monty and Pat directed me to ride in the bay area, I met Art right after I made my comeback. While riding with him, he was often like a mentor to me as I began riding as a journeyman. I learned a great deal from him.

I rode with Art at Golden Gate Fields, Bay Meadows, Santa Rosa Fair, Stockton, Pleasington Fair, Vallejo, and Sacramento Fair. I am almost positive Art’s son trained a winning horse for Monty. We have had many encounters over the decades. In 2009, Art invited us (while we were in California to see Uncle Bob) to his barn at Santa Anita. We couldn’t go, but is was a nice gesture.

When we first met, Art was 33 years old and I was only 18. He was a miracle man to still be an active jockey, having gone down in a horrific spill (when on the lead in a race and having been trampled by a whole field of horses). We rode together from 1970 to 1976 or 1977. He nicknamed me “Slip-thru LaGue” because I’d sneak through on the rail and beat him once in a while.

He also rode with Nanci’s cousin, David Kassen (former jockey and current Chicago/Florida trainer) who was born and raised in Cincinnati. Nanci and her cousin (Kassen) both graduated from the same Cincinnati High School. Art and David go way back as best friends. They rode together near our home here at old Latonia and other local race courses, during which time they hung out together with hall of fame jockey Donny Brumfield. According to Nanci, those three frequently hit the strip clubs in Newport, KY in the 1960′s right across the river from downtown Cincinnati together!

Nanci & I reunited with Art at Churchill Downs in November, 2006. He shipped in from California with his Breeders’ Cup sprint horse, Siren Lure. He requested that I perform the “officially timed workout” for the Daily Racing Form on ESPN for him prior to the event. It was a great honor and my workout was viewed world wide.

Art, Nanci, and I finally realized we had much more in common. Nanci and I were involved with various projects at Churchill Downs at the time we spent two weeks showing Art around Louisville. We spent every afternoon together in the Silks Room at Churchill and had a wonderful visit while reminiscing about the olden days. MOST OF THE MEMORIES LED BACK TO MONTY & PAT AND MY BEGINNING INTO HORSE RACING AT THE FARM. Art is like family to ALL OF US!

We have been sure to stay in touch ever since, exchanging Christmas cards, calling on the phone, and communicating via other correspondence. We spoke with Art after he won the Santa Anita Derby by 9 lengths which guaranteed him a spot in the run for the roses. We also spoke to him at 5 AM Pacific time for half an hour as he was training California Chrome at Los Alamitos (He trains for the owner of that track, so his horse had the track all to himself) just prior to shipping to Louisville in late April for the Kentucky Derby. Art is on cloud nine.


Left to right: Art Sherman, Nanci and Larry LaGue

Left to right: Art Sherman, Nanci and Larry LaGue

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