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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:


Special Offer! Two-Day Event with Monty in May

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014


Spend two days with Monty Roberts at Flag Is Up Farms, Monty’s state-of-the-art horse training facility in central California. Monty and his team of certified instructors will be demonstrating and sharing the latest developments in horse training. The two-day event is for certified Instructors and their students from the world over. Watch for updates on or sign up for the two-day May 19-20 event, email, call +1-805-688-6288 or contact your local Monty Roberts Certified instructor:


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.


Life Lessons From Monty Excerpt

Monday, January 13th, 2014


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Monty Special Clinic with Portuguese Translation in March 2014

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014


March 4-8 Five Days with Monty on Flag Is Up Farms with Portuguese translation provided!
Depressa! Viagem para a Califórnia para aprender com Monty Março 4-8 2014 Hospedado e tradução Português ao longo

The package includes:

  • Airline Ticket – American Arlines – March 3 / March 10
  • 6 nights at the Comfort Inn – double apartment
  • Transfer airport / hotel and hotel / airport
  • Transfer log to the course at Flag is Up Farms
  • Simultaneous translation into Portuguese – during the Monty Roberts course
  • Monitoring staff (guides accompanying the whole trip)
  • Travel insurance
  • 5 days on the farm with Monty Roberts
  • American style breakfast in 05 days course offered by the farm
  • Official shirt
  • Diploma and Photo

in Portuguese if you need:

O pacote Inclui:

  • Passagem Aérea – American Arlines – 03 de Março / 10 de Março
  • 6 diárias no Hotel Comfort Inn – apartamento duplo
  • Transfer aeroporto/hotel e hotel/aeroporto
  • Transfer diário para o curso da Flag is Up Farms
  • Tradução simultânea para português – durante o Curso Monty Roberts
  • Acompanhamento pessoal (guias que acompanham toda a viagem)
  • Seguro Viagem
  • 05 dias de Curso na fazenda de Monty Roberts – Flag Is Up Farms.
  • Almoço estilo americano nos 05 dias de curso oferecido pela fazenda
  • Camiseta oficial


Episode 6: Race Trainer Sean McCarthy and Reiner Sandy Collier

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013


Thoroughbred trainer Sean McCarthy and Reining Champion Sandy Collier on good horsemanship in racing and the western world.   Plus, a trainer tip from Dressage Olympian Charlotte Bredahl.  Listen in…

Horsemanship Radio Episode 6 by Index Fund Advisors - Show Notes and Links:

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Holiday Specials

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

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A Night of Inspiration

Thursday, September 26th, 2013


Monty and Pat Roberts hosted individuals and family groups from all over the US and a few from abroad for their second Night of Inspiration evening celebrating the Man Who Listens to Horses at home. Monty continues to tour internationally well into his twenty-third year. Decidedly more intimate and a unique experience for any bucket list, New York Times bestselling author and Pat Roberts, renowned sculptress, open their ranch and their home and spend the evening with you. The next experience is January 25, 2014. Write to or call +1 805 688-4382. Space is limited. Click here to download an informational flyer!