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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.
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
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…
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 805 688-4382. Space is limited. Click here to download an informational flyer!
Our training covers a huge variety of experiences for every Willing Partner horse: they must accept goats, cattle, deer, tarpaulins, teeter-totter bridges, cowboy curtains, water crossings, and hundreds of scary, spooky objects, as well as to become a trained driving horse and pull a cart.
In order to accomplish all of these requirements, we have trainers who are experienced and gentle, and whom Monty oversees as the horses progress. Monty continually suggests further training challenges that demand many months to complete. Most horses have logged over 30 months of training to become Willing Partners(TM). The end result is a relaxed and safe horse who you can depend on. It’s Monty’s guarantee.
See a group of Willing Partners(TM) schooling over an obstacle course as part of their cursory training:
All Willing Partners(TM) are trained to side-pass to the mounting block for their riders to mount and dismount. See the Mount~Up video here:
See a group of Willing Partners on a trail ride at Flag Is Up Farms:
Feel free to come and see the horses at Flag Is Up Farms and get to know the extent to which we work to achieve our intended goals. We care about our horses, but most of all we care about the people who will ultimately enjoy them. We have gained a reputation for excellence through word of mouth. We hope to see you at Monty’s farm soon. Our doors are open to visitors every day from 9 am to 5 pm, no reservation or fee is required to visit.
For more information please contact: email@example.com or call 805-688-4382
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Flag Is Up Farms
901 E. Highway 246
Solvang, CA 93463
Solvang, CA (August 21, 2013) - Race trainer Gai Waterhouse will utilize the skills of the world’s most famous horse whisperer in her attempts to show Australian punters “something very special” in the spring with her high profile import Carlton House.
Waterhouse confirmed on her website that Carlton House is being readied to resume in the Group III Tramway (1400m) at Randwick on September 7, 2013, where the six-year-old will carry 59kg under the set weights and penalties conditions of the race.
Waterhouse is determined to thoroughly help this son of Street Cry, following the counsel of Her Majesty to request American horse whisperer Monty Roberts to Australia to work with Carlton House as the trainer tries to improve his starting stalls manners.
“Monty Roberts, the great horse whisperer is coming to Sydney to assist with Carlton House in an attempt to get the absolute best out of him because his best is something very special,” Waterhouse said.
“Everyone at Tulloch Lodge is very much looking forward to the magician gracing our stable.”
“Monty is one of the best men one could possibly call upon when it comes to assisting a horse who has barrier problems.
“…he is very effective at what he does. I have complete faith in the magic ways of Monty Roberts.”
Roberts has worked with the Royal Family’s horses since 1989. In 2011 he was privately honored when made an honorary Member of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen for service to the Royal Family and Her Majesty.
In 1989, the Queen Mother was reduced to tears after Roberts managed to tame her wildest horse. Roberts has been involved with some aspects of the monarchy’s horses ever since.
Day 1, Monty’s Special Training
We began the horse work at the Untouched Horse Gentling Facility at Flag Is Up Farms. The broodmare in the video below was an older rescue with little prior handling. Certified Instructor Denise Heinlein excelled at timing and patience to bring this mare to a more peaceful place to end the session on. More on handling tomorrow.