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Horse Sense for Leaders Excerpt 1

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Man in the Arena
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the
strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done
better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives
valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there
is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great
enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy
cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high
achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while
daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid
souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

“I can see people who have been exposed to violence from across the room. That’s my
-Monty Roberts

In Brazil, like much of Latin America, horses are often trained by traditional methods
involving force. Training horses in the traditional method involves using an authoritative
and forceful leadership style to “break” the horse.

Translated to the work-world, this style recalls the hierarchical, top-down command and
control leadership style useful in the manufacturing age, but it does little to engender
trust, collaboration, and motivation in today’s age of information.

This approach has been replaced by leadership models that engender trust and help
followers find their motivation, styles like charismatic leadership, situational leadership,
servant leadership and transformational leadership. The market is crowded with
leadership theories, each proclaiming their benefits and respective values.

A good example of transformational leadership – the ability of a leader to inspire
followers – can be seen in Monty’s Join-Up process, where the horse is transformed
from flight animal to trusting partner.

There is research to support how transformational leaders impact followers. According
to authors Bass and Riggio (2006), there are four components to transformational
leadership, what they call the four I’s:

1. Idealized Influence: leaders are seen as a role model, “walking the talk,” and
are admired by others who pay attention to what the leaders do.

2. Inspirational Motivation: leaders inspire and motivate followers. Their sense of
charisma lifts followers to a high performance expectation and to high levels of

3. Individualized Consideration: leaders authentically care about others, focusing
on followers’ needs and feelings.

4. Intellectual Stimulation: leaders challenge followers’ toward higher levels of
performance, expanding their sense of personal capabilities.

Research shows that transformational leaders are anything but “soft”; groups led by
transformational leaders have higher levels of engagement, performance outcomes and
motivation than groups led by other types of leaders (Bass and Riggio, 2006).

The key that transformational leadership holds to increasing motivation is the
combination of positive expectations and personal challenge.

Monty often says, “I don’t want my students to be as good as me, I want them to be
better than I am.”

This exemplifies Monty’s transformational leadership approach, inspiring horses and
humans to strive beyond complacency, to exceed their normal levels of performance
and rise to the occasion because they are encouraged and challenged.







Monty’s Horse Sense and Healing

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Monty was on the road with the good news from the Horse Sense and Healing program at Flag Is Up Farms. Monty’s recent roadtrip started in Illinois at the Bravehearts conference for veterans, the following weekend he flew to Washington DC for interviews and meetings with the Humane Society and Vanity Fair. On to New Yorkto be on Fox and Friends on Saturday morning with veteran Alicia Watkins.

Click here to learn about Monty’s nonprofit, Join-Up International, and Monty’s work with veterans:



Responses to Negative Media in Brazil

Tuesday, 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


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

Tuesday, 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


Did you know that Monty is on Facebook?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Visit him there: and you will find photos, videos, news, special discounts, stories about Monty’s travels and the horses he works with… and what’s more, you can connect with other horse lovers who want to leave the world a better place for horses and for people, too! See you there!






Fergus Series on Monty’s Equus Online Uni

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Launching on April 9, the Fergus Series of Monty’s tour videos show Monty working with a challenging, spooky horse in a public demonstration. Join the Uni to watch this demonstration and hundreds of other video lessons by Monty! Go to:


Monty’s Spring Night of Inspiration and Workshop

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The Corporate Learning Institute Partners Up with Monty Roberts for Workshops in Personal and Professional Development in Solvang, California

March 18, 2014 Solvang, California: Founded in 1992, The Corporate Learning Institute (CLI) of Wheaton, Illinois has been a leading provider of effective management consultation and active experiential learning services. CLI offers leadership development training workshops; instructional design services; and performance coaching; providing companies with the option of engaging in customized training that aims to strengthen businesses from the inside out to make for sturdier establishments and comfortable workplace environments.

Now, in partnership with the famous equestrian and New York Times bestselling award-winning author Monty Roberts, The Corporate Learning Institute will feature workshops in personal and professional development. These series of organizational training workshops take place on Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California. The workshops are based upon the experience and alternative teachings of Mr. Roberts whose principles and concepts have been applied to schools, organizational and corporate settings, personal development workshops, and returning veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Participants in this CLI Special Program have the option of choosing from three workshops: 

1. Life Lessons from The Man Who Listens to Horses
 Change Your Life One Chapter at a Time;
2. The Leadership Challenge Program
Trust-Based Leadership Training at Flag Is Up Farms;
3. Building Effective Teams
High Performance Team Building Workshop at Flag Is Up Farms.

Through these workshops, people are given the opportunity to share in such experiences as personal action plan coaching sessions and live demonstrations of Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® which incorporate the use of hands-on learning, the way adults learn best.

For more information about the Corporate Learning Institute, please visit: For more information about May 31, June 1 please write to or phone 805-688-6288.


Carlos Gracida [1960-2014]

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
It was a devastating message that came through to me last week. The loss of Carlos Gracida was certainly unexpected and weighs heavy on me under the circumstances of our relationship and all that he meant to the horses we love.  
Carlos Gracida was a dedicated athlete able to rise to number one in the world. At the same time, he had a quiet dignity about him that the world of polo has rarely seen. Carlos could and did associate with royalty and at the same time possessed the humility that allowed him to strike deep friendships with the ordinary working people of the game he loved so much.  
Carlos will be missed by each and every person who met him, but he left us all with the hope and confidence of better times to come.
The game of polo is immensely better off for having known Carlos Gracida and the horses that play this game will be thankful for his presence for generations to come.  
Carlos and his brother Memo, along with Adolfo Cambiaso were the first to take the message of non-violent training to Argentina and throughout the game the brothers excelled in. The loss of Carlos ignites within me the desire to press forward in the work that was noted by Queen Elizabeth II at Guards Polo Club, June 24, 2012. I am certain that Carlos would encourage me to press even harder on my goal to leave polo in a better place because of the techniques he, Memo and Adolfo took to Argentina beginning about five years ago.
It’s only fair to say that Joel Baker was the first to introduce me to Carlos, Memo and Adolfo. He brought them to my farm and started a relationship that caused the trio to bring “breakers” from Argentina to learn the value of the methods that I use in the early training of horses for any discipline. Joel played on a winning US team and came to have an extremely close relationship with the Gracida brothers. I feel certain that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth would want us to take even more seriously the meaning of the certificate that Her Majesty presented to Carlos. It is my opinion that, if not now, in the near future the world of polo will know the value of Carlos, Memo, Adolfo and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.


How to overcome a fear of horses

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Question: I’m writing because, at age 54, I’ve been given opportunity to get involved with horses. My husband adopted a 15 y/o paint gelding (El Nino) and a 17 y/o quarter horse mare (Sugar) from a friend with cancer, who could no longer keep her horses. The horse are healthy and of reasonable disposition.

We have a farm, with two large fenced pastures and a barn with two stalls, where the horses will eventually be moved to later this Spring. In the interim, they are boarded where my husband’s friend has had them boarded the past several years and where they receive good care.

My question to you is this: I’m 54. I’ve had little experience with horses except for the occasional nose-to-tail trail ride, maybe 6 of these rides in my life time. To me, horses are beautiful, but large and frightening. I enjoy them from a distance but am quite fearful up close.

Will I really, ever be able to get over my fear of horses?… to perhaps ride competently and comfortably one day?… or at the very least (but really most important), to be able to at least care for them on the ground competently and comfortably.

I read your book “The Man Who Listens to Horses” and have signed up for the Equus Online University. I have completed 32 of your lessons in 8 days. Yet, I’m still fearful. And on Saturday at the barn during a lesson, Sugar spooked at some very loud outdoor noises while an experienced rider was on her. Sugar started running sideways full steam until the experienced rider calmed and settled her. If I’d have been on her, I’d likely have fallen and been injured. Now I’m even more fearful. This was out-of-character for Sugar, but the noises from outdoors were very loud and unusual.

As I said above, really the most important thing is for me to be comfortable and competent with them on the ground, for their daily care and well-being. I’d be thrilled if I could at least do this. My husband will be the main caregiver, but I’d like to be able to help and support him. My husband is not fearful, just has the healthy respect for horses.

We live in Wisconsin, but I’m mulling over trying to attend your H101 course. It sounds like just the thing, but time and distance are a factor.

Monty’s Answer: Thank you very much for your question. Please understand that I believe every word of it was well founded and deserves congratulations to you as your comments were exactly as I would want them to be if you were my daughter or my best friend. There is absolutely no disgrace in being respectful of the size and the potential danger connected with the power of horses and their athleticism.

This is a healthy position for anyone to express and what would concern me is the amateur who expresses no fear or concern for potential dangers. Congratulations on your ability to express a healthy concern for your safety and well being while in the process of learning what and who horses are and the potential for danger if significant errors are made. Please do not for one minute hold the thought that I am discouraging you from dealing with horses. That is simply not the case.

As you probably know, horses have dominated my existence for almost 8 decades now. I am relatively free of any injuries significantly enough to list as major. In considering your question I suddenly realize that I have never been hospitalized for an injury caused by a horse. When you consider that I have dealt with about 70,000 horses, I believe that you will agree that this is a relatively amazing statistic.

Please consider that my activities have been as a “Stunt Kid” from the age of 4 and right through to my 60s. Also consider that i competed professionally in rodeos, cuttings and working cow horse competitions well into my 50s. One might tend to say “Well that was you and this is me.” Obviously I agree with that statement but the point is however that I have devoted the balance of my life to helping people understand the need for caution and education.

Thank you for mentioning that you have viewed a large number of lessons on my Online University. That is a good a start as I could recommend. Thank you also for considering the course Horsemanship 101 because that would, in a very significant way, increase your educational needs. At this point in my answer it is appropriate to remind you that selecting the right horse to be around is a critical issue. Is it full-proof or can there be unique exceptions where horses are concerned.

Your communication addresses that very issue with the horse that was otherwise quiet and trustworthy but on a given moment decided to cause trouble for the other rider. Those circumstances can occur with any horse at any given moment. The better the choice of horses, the less likely for this occurrence. My book From My Hands to Yours is a huge part of the education I would recommend. Virtually very segment required by you is covered on those pages.

In the final analysis, learning to be at one with your horse, confident in your ability to be in the right place at the right time is absolutely essential to the ultimate success of overcoming theses natural fears that are healthy for us to have until we are satisfied that we are in control of virtually all of the potential pit falls that can challenge us on any given day. I think the same thing could be said for learning to ride a motorcycle or even a bicycle.

I think its fair to even suggest that it is not unlike learning to roller skate or even negotiating the streets, on foot, of any given city we might traverse. Please remain in touch and do not hesitate to continue to ask questions of experienced, trustworthy people as to how you might acquire the appropriate education that I have discussed with you in answering your question.