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Monty tells his life story

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Carte Blanche catches up with Monty Roberts. Watch this short (9 minute) video interview where Monty tells his story and shares his goals. Can subtle behavioral language used by horses to communicate with each other be used by humans too?

Watch the interview here: http://carteblanche.dstv.com/player/1059094/

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At the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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Her Majesty, the Queen of England invited Mr. and Mrs. Monty Roberts to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show http://www.rwhs.co.uk/ to participate in the celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. The Royal Windsor Horse Show, host to International Jumping, Driving and Endurance, and National Showing and Dressage was held May 11-16,  2016, and hosted no fewer than five Olympic gold medalists, competing in the international show jumping classes.

Jeroen Dubbeldam, reigning World and European Champion, from Nederland, headed the list of competitors, while fellow Olympic individual gold medallist Rodrigo Pessoa (Brazil) challenged Peter Charles (Great Britain), Beezie Madden (USA) and Laura Kraut (USA), all part of  Olympic teams. Kent Farrington (USA) is currently ranked number six in the world and will be representing a strong USA presence, including three of the top 30 riders in the world.

Roberts was asked to be in the pageant at the Royal Windsor Horse Show to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90 birthday. Roberts and his wife Pat stayed at Windsor as guests of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Monty Roberts advises Her Majesty with phone calls and frequent trips to Polhampton and Sandringham where he works with Her Majesty’s Thoroughbred horses. Monty’s success, he states, is from the Queen’s endorsement.

“She was the only reason I was able to go global,” he says. “If it wasn’t for her, I’d still be ploughing around in central California, trying to get cowboys to agree that being rough with horses doesn’t make sense.”

Years before The Horse Whisperer movie was made, the Queen had read about him in horse magazines, and sent the Crown Equerry, Sir John Miller, to investigate.“He came utterly skeptical, but in the end, he said, ‘Her Majesty is going to want to see this’” Roberts recalls. “I was invited to Windsor in April 1989. The Queen provided me with several young horses of her own and a training pen was set up at Windsor. I had saddles and bridles on them all in five days,” says Roberts. “She put me on the road in her car and away I went to 21 cities. I did 98 horses on the trip, all the while reporting back to her. She gave me another life. She wouldn’t agree with it, but it’s true – she’s so understated,” he says.

It was the Queen who encouraged Roberts to write a best-selling autobiography in the early 1990s.

“I never depart from calling her ‘Your Majesty’, but I see this real side to her that is just overwhelming. Once when called in on short notice I mentioned I was in work clothes. She said to me, ‘I don’t give two hoots what you wear.’ How many people know that the Queen would say that?”

“I can’t emphasize enough the Queen’s ability as a student,” says Roberts. “She doesn’t forget anything and she is intensely interested. She has given me the opportunity to teach my concepts all over the world and opened many doors for improving the lives of animals. For this I call her an ‘Influence for Good’ and I believe she is the leading monarch in the world for advocating a better life for animals.”

This story, while remarkable, is merely representative of an ever increasing body of work as Monty Roberts continues to be an agent of change throughout the world.  This mission was very much influenced by Her Majesty as she encouraged Monty on to bring this ever important message of nonviolence to the global community.

 

The International Society of Equitation and Monty Roberts’ Join-Up®

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A comparison between the Monty Roberts technique and the conventional UK technique for initial training of riding horses 

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Solvang, CA – The scientific paper authored by Drs. Veronica Fowler, Mark Kennedy and David Marlin entitled ‘A comparison between the Monty Roberts technique and a conventional UK technique for initial training of riding horses’ was accepted for and published in Anthrozoös. Anthrozoös is a quarterly, peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal reporting the interactions of people and animals, a journal which has enjoyed a distinguished history as a pioneer in the field since its launch in 1987. Prior to appearing in print in Anthrozoös the study was presented at the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) having been accepted by the scientific committee and also presented at the Centre for Animal Welfare & Anthrozoology, Department of Veterinary Medicine University of Cambridge both. 

Comment from Dr. Veronica Fowler on the results of the study:

“This study describes a comparison of the efficacy of the Monty Roberts horsemanship technique in comparison to a UK conventional training technique for the initial training of horses. Initial training of young horses, in particular the first time a horse is saddled and ridden has been recently reported in the scientific literature as a significant stressor in terms of the impact on the welfare of the horse. It is therefore vital that we fully evaluate the techniques which are practiced around the world to identify those which have the potential to cause compromised welfare and suffering during foundation training of horses.  

Our study reports that horses trained using Monty Roberts’ methods had significantly lower maximum heart rates (bpm) during both first saddle and first rider when compared to a UK conventional training method. Monty Roberts trained horses did have significantly lower heart rates during first saddle and first rider backing process (i.e. heart rate reduced between first saddle and first rider), a finding which has never previously been reported in the scientific literature. Thus the heart rates observed from Monty Roberts trained horses during first saddle and first rider are currently the lowest reported for any training regime reported in the literature to date.

The use of the round pen and in particular the technique of Join-up have been frequently criticized and reported in the literature to be another significant stressor due to the perceived opinion that this environment and method overtly activates the flight response. Our study could find no evidence that the use of the round pen or, indeed the technique of Join-up, was fear inducing and thus a significant stressor to the horse based on heart rate alone. In fact, we found that the heart rate of horses during this technique were considerably below the maximum heart rate for horses of this age and breed. 

Following 20 days of training (30 minutes/horse/day) the study horses undertook a standardized ridden obstacle and flatwork test and a ridden freestyle test. Heart rates recorded during these tests for both training regimes were not significantly different; however Monty Robert’s trained horses scored significantly higher in all three tests as determined by a panel of judges who were unaware of the study or the trainers involved in the study.  

Our manuscript therefore provides peer reviewed scientific substance to indicate that that the Monty Roberts training technique is highly efficacious in terms of the effect on the welfare and performance of the horse undergoing foundation training.”

Recently, a student under the supervision of Professor P. McGreevy of the University of Sydney, Australia, set out to discredit round pen techniques, specifically Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® methods. This video demonstrates the explicit reasons behind the student’s paper in her own words, specifically mentioning Her Majesty The Queen of England. http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/science-takes-on-the-man-who-listens-to-horses-20120713-2219x.html  An abstract of that paper was presented at the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Edinburgh, Scotland during their conference. 

Mr. Roberts responded that his Join-Up® method uses both positive and negative reinforcement, and negative reinforcement could be a ”good thing.”

”How do you get a horse to move off your leg? You lay your leg against the horse with pressure and then when the horse steps away you remove the pressure – that’s negative reinforcement,” said Mr. Roberts, who advocates non-violence and uses choice without pain or force in the training of horses in front of live audiences worldwide.

”Everybody that ever works with a horse stresses a horse. You will stress a horse when you bring him out of a meadow,” said Mr. Roberts. “They have to go through a certain amount of stress in order to accept they are going to live with humans,” he said. 

Compare this student’s paper making the news in equestrian circles worldwide with a controlled Science Trial and published in a legitimate Science Journal Anthrozoös referenced by Fowler V. Kennedy M. and Marlin D. (2012) A Comparison of the Monty Roberts Technique with a Conventional UK technique for initial training of riding horses. Anthrozoös. Vol. 25 (3). 

 

 

News: Monty and The Queen

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

At age 80, Monty Roberts hardly seems to be slowing down. The horseman extraordinaire continues to share his whispering wisdom around the globe, and yesterday, the renowned horse trainer was at Buckingham Palace with his old friend, Queen Elizabeth II. To read on, go to: http://www.horsecollaborative.com/monty-roberts-and-the-queen-bffs/

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Monty Roberts Reducing Violence With Horses

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
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Photography: Eva Zielinski-Millar©

June 23, 2015 Solvang, California: The Commander of the Police Academy of the State of São Paulo, Colonel José Mauricio Perez had the honor of being awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a certificate that celebrated efforts to eliminate violence in the treatment of citizens in São Paulo, Brazil. The act of Her Majesty had immediate and positive repercussions in Brazil with the media.

Colonel Perez said he had learned the Join-Up® principles after reading Monty Roberts’ book, The Man Who Listens to Horses, presented to him by the captain responsible for the cavalry regiment of the academy. He decided to adopt the philosophy of Join-Up in the training of cadets. A student of Monty Roberts, Eduardo Moreira, wrote the bestseller Life Whisperers based on his experience learning from Roberts, and was asked to make a speech for a group of 500 cadets at the academy.



Colonel Perez came to the belief that by eliminating all forms of violence in the training of the students, he would contribute for a more humanitarian, capable and transformative police force. The news was delivered by Eduardo Moreira to Monty who traveled to Brazil to see for himself the Colonel’s impact. Through that academy, 100,000 police officers could be positively impacted, resulting in a less violent environment for more than 40 million people, the population of São Paulo. Monty was delighted with what he saw.



Monty immediately took the story to the attention the person who had asked him almost three decades ago to transform the world through the Join-Up message: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen recognized that the seed she planted was blooming like never before that would reverberate forever the legacy and mission. The awarding of the certificate took place June 16 at Windsor Castle in private ceremonies attended by Her Majesty, Monty Roberts, Colonel Perez, Eduardo Moreira and Eduardo’s wife Juliana Baroni.

 

 

Champion Trainer Gai Waterhouse Calls on Monty

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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.

 

Horses and Soldiers

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

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Monty Roberts has developed an equine assisted program for veterans with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This three-day workshop is provided by the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and it takes place at Flag Is Up Farms, in California.

Upcoming clinic dates:
December 9, 10 and 11
January 20, 21, 22

Photo credit: Jana Widdecke and  Giulia Orth

 

Monty Roberts’ Interview with Equine VIP

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Monty Roberts talks about his goals to encourage true partnership between horses and humans in an interview with Equine VIP. Watch the inverview on YouTube!

 

 

Monty Roberts Receives CAFA Special Consideration Award

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

On June 4, 2011, the California Air Force Association (CAFA) awarded Monty Roberts the Special Consideration Award at the 2011 CAFA State Convention for his support to veterans. Read full article on Monty’s blog: http://blog.montyroberts.com/bid/34079/Monty-Roberts-Receives-CAFA-Special-Consideration-Award

 

Monty and Angélica star on Brazil’s TV show Estrela

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Monty and Angélica star on Brazil’s TV show Estrela this Saturday with actor Murilo Rosa who plays a Horse Whisperer on Globo TV. The program has the largest audience of viewers in the nation. Monty and Murilo had alot of fun doing a Join-Up in the middle of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

http://www.montyroberts.com/br/