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Monty Roberts Joins the Water Hay Oats Alliance

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

April 27, 2017 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts spent six years in University and received doctorates in Behavioral Sciences from University of Zurich and University of Parma. Along with his wife, Pat, he built and operates Flag Is Up Farms, a renowned horse training facility along the central coast of California near Santa Barbara. In Monty’s words, “My life’s goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it, for horses and for people too.”

Roberts issued the following statement:

“Recent circumstances have served to bring me to a final conclusion regarding the organization WHOA. This organization supports the notion that horses should perform in racing without the assistance of drugs. The initials stand for Water, Hay, Oats Alliance.

It has been my life’s passion to teach trainers, owners, and lovers of horses to treat them with respect and in the most positive light possible. So, recently I decided to seek the advice of many whom I believe to be at the top of their professions to help me analyze the factors for clean racing as proposed by WHOA.

It shocks me to realize that certain statements have been made to me over my years in the horse industry that are absolutely false when it comes to the use of drugs. Lasix sits at the heart of drug use with Thoroughbred horses in the United States. Those of us who travel the world in this industry realize that virtually all of the other racing countries execute their racing under the guidelines proposed by WHOA. There, the horses race and the industry goes forward, drug free.

For the past few decades, one could open the racing program at any track in the United States and see that most of the entries performed with the circled L behind their name. Several different veterinarians personally told me that approximately 80% of the horses in racing in the U.S. are bleeders needing Lasix.  But recently I learned from high-level individuals that studies show it is more likely that a realistic number of horses in which bleeding is a significant problem would be in the area of 2-4%, not anywhere near the 95% of those horses who raced on Lasix last year.

Also, many years ago it came to my attention that Lasix encumbered the testing procedures so as to mask performance-enhancing drugs. I am now of the opinion that many people actively engaged in racing have either been misinformed through ignorance or misinformed for monetary reasons.

My goal is for us to be as fair with the horses as we possibly can be. After decades of studying the issue and listening to knowledgeable veterinary experts, I have looked at both sides of this issue and I am hereby casting my support to WHOA and its efforts to bring about medication reform.  It humbles me to be included on the list of these legends of our industry.

WHOA has raised awareness that the Thoroughbred industry has public relations issues that will not likely go away without change in the administration of drugs. For the health and welfare of our horses, I ask people to study the issues and support WHOA’s efforts to improve our industry and the lives of our partners, the horses.”

Monty Roberts
Flag Is Up Farms

 

Monty and Pat Roberts Awarded Paul Harris Fellow

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks

Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International
(949) 632-1856
March 2, 2017 Solvang, California: The Santa Barbara Rotary asked both MONTY & PAT ROBERTS, owners of Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang since 1966, to speak before an accomplished group of business persons about the Roberts non-violent approach to horses. 
 
Pat, an accomplished horsewoman and artist, is a renowned horse sculptor.  In accepting her award, she graciously communicated her love for animals, art and her delight in giving back. Monty clearly communicated his heart “is to leave the world a better place then I found it, for horses and people too”.  His words were an inspiration for the group.  Monty and Pat so clearly demonstrate the central priorities of Rotary in – Truth – Fairness – Goodwill/Better Friendships and action, which are Beneficial for all concerned.  Monty gave an insight into his revolutionary methodologies in dealing with horses.  He clearly abhors violence with horses and is known throughout the world as the “horse whisperer” for his methods of Join-Up with horses and people.  
 
He used this lifetime of experience to establish Horse Sense and Healing in 2010, which supports veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD.  The Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang offers five weekend long clinics per year, which have served over 700 individuals.
        
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sent an invitation to Monty to demonstrate his concepts for the Royal Family and the team at Windsor Castle in 1989. She is a life-long horsewoman. The success of this event resulted in Her Majesty’s endorsement of Monty’s work and requesting him to write a book to share his concepts with the world. Uncharacteristically Her Majesty allowed a photo to be published in an English magazine with an article supporting his work. Her Majesty’s interest in Monty’s career over the past 27 years has allowed him to approach his stated life’s goal, “to leave the world a better place than I found it for horses and for people, too.”
Many would consider the Queen’s endorsement of Monty’s nontraditional and revolutionary methods to be the greatest achievement of his career thus far.  Monty continues to travel the world lecturing, advising, training and encouraging his non-violent methods. 

“We had the privilege of presenting the Paul Harris Fellow awards to Monty and Patricia Roberts for their lifelong work with horses.  Monty Roberts is truly an American hero.” said James Stretchberry, Santa Barbara Rotary President during a post speech interview. Stretchberry invited a group to honor the Roberts as guests to the membership which included the Roberts’ daughter Debbie Roberts Loucks, Michael Hollis, Detective at SBPD, fellow Paul Harris recipient, Kyleen Dawson and members of the Join-Up Board of Directors Jo-Ann and Gary Cutshall, from Anaheim, CA and Marsha St. Clair, Montecito, CA.
 
The January 12, 2017 issue of Horse & Hound magazine revealed their list of the 50 greatest horsemen of all time. Across seven pages of this iconic weekly magazine are those men and women from all walks of equestrian life with talents in horsemanship all can admire. Roberts’ photo is prominently placed on the cover which included William Fox-Pitt, John Whitaker and Xenophon. It reads “It was in 1989 that the Californian shot into the limelight when the Queen invited him to Windsor Castle to demonstrate his “Join-Up” technique, and he now visits her up to three times a year to help “start” her horses. To date he has worked with nearly 15,000 horses during his demonstrations, spreading his “non-violent” ethos worldwide.” 
 
 
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Join-Up and Lead-Up Reach Vulnerable Youth

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks
Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International
www.Join-Up.org
(949) 632-1856
debbie@montyroberts.com  

Katie Cunningham Lead-Up International
katie@join-up.org 
 

February 27, 2017 Solvang, California: On February 18, 2017 Lead-Up International officially launched in Solvang, California at Monty and Pat Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms. Lead-Up International, a program of Monty Roberts’ Join-Up International, brought their development team from Guatemala lead by founder Catherine (Katie) Cunningham accompanied by Mindy Grantham who administrates the program and Ricardo Pokorny, Katie’s husband. Ten instructors were certified by Join-Up International to impart Lead-Up workshops in nine different countries. Lead-Up workshops will now be available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These instructor certifications mean that Monty Roberts will be reaching more vulnerable youth than ever before and creating peaceful leaders around the globe.
 
“Lead-Up International is an original and compelling Leadership Program which aims to reach vulnerable you and create peaceful leaders through workshops with horses.” Katie Cunningham told a sold out crowd at the fundraising demonstration and dinner held at Monty and Pat Roberts’ home. Cunningham is the founder, a lifelong horsewoman and promoter of equine and human welfare.
 
The Lead-Up program is based around workshops with horses in which participants ages 15-22 are introduced to humane ways of handling and interacting with horses. Participants discover non-violence and non-aggression for themselves through interactions with horses and principally through the experience of Join-Up® with a horse, the non-violent training system designed by Monty Roberts author of The Man Who Listens to Horses. Convinced there must be a more humane and effective system to train horses Monty created Join-Up, a consistent set of principles based on the horse’s inherent body language and herd-behavior. The result of Join-Up is a willing partnership based on mutual respect and trust.
 
The Lead-Up team has been developing the program since 2012 and has partnered with global organizations and local NGOs in Guatemala who have expressed the growing need to reduce violence in the communities they serve. Their team is international and varied in their talents but have in common the desire to take these groundbreaking methods to the world. They recently announced that the journal ‘Human Animal Interaction Bulletin’ has published a report by Dr. Judith Gibbons and team with scientific evidence of reduced violence and abuse toward horses and people through the Lead-Up Program.  
 
Monty Roberts Certified Instructors traveled from across the globe to be trained and receive a specialty certificate to hold Lead-Up clinics in their areas. From the United States, Courtney Dunn was certified. From England, Chris Morris and Caron Whaley received their certification. From Hungary, Csilla Csaszar was certified. From Austria, Martina Hoebling was certified. From Brazil, Miguel Lupiano was certified. From Ireland Caitriona O’Meara was certified. From Germany, Denise Heinlein was certified. And from Australia, Caroline Jennings was certified. Also attending was Jerry Sparby from Minnesota who can help support the California courses as a therapist. Debbie Roberts Loucks has been strategic for Join-Up International to help organize the smooth development of this program to take it global.
 
Monty Roberts has been recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who acknowledged his work by honoring him with the Royal Victorian Order and who is also Patron of Join-Up International, the 501 c 3 non-profit formed to educate people in these concepts. The Queen recognized Catherine Cunningham in 2012 for her efforts to reduce violence in Guatemala. Queen Elizabeth is following the development of this program for the humane treatment of animals and trust based relationships with humans.
 
Join-Up International is a California non-profit organization (tax ID 77-0459889) founded by world-renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts. Join-Up is dedicated to promoting gentle, effective alternatives to violence and force in both equine and human relationships. Roberts’ unique and gentle method of using the horse’s own language to achieve breakthrough results is revolutionary, but not magical. Communication is a gift all have and it can be practiced and developed.
 

“My goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it for horses and for people, too.”—Monty Roberts

Join-Up International seeks to foster the adoption of skills among a greater audience, insuring their preservation for generations to come. Join-Up concepts have helped abused women and children, and their abusers, too, as well as special needs children, youth at risk, prison inmates, foster families, children and adults with a history of abuse and war veterans. Lead-Up International is seeking Founding Members to help launch a broader campaign to share these workshops with more organizations, people and horses. For more information about the program or to schedule a presentation, write to katie@join-up.org

Community and family violence are endemic in Guatemala. Lead-Up evaluated the effectiveness of a horse-handling program to reduce violent attitudes and aggressive behavior. Eighteen community members who worked with horses in their daily lives (16 men, 2 women, ages 15 to 58) participated in four weekly sessions of embodied experiences with horses. The program taught Monty Roberts’ Join-Up®, a method of non-violent handling, as well as desensitization of horses to feared objects. Compared to the pretest, on a posttest participants were less likely to endorse violent attitudes with respect to wife-beating, corporal punishment of children, and physical punishment of horses. Their horses also were less reactive to the owner’s approach. Female relatives reported that following the program participants provided better care for horses and were calmer and less aggressive with other people. These findings imply that an equine-facilitated program shows promise for transforming communities in which violence is prevalent. Research study can be accessed at:  http://www.apa-hai.org/human-animal-interaction/human-animal-interaction-bulletin/
Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin 2015, Vol. 3, No. 2, 37-55  “Before, he fought every day with the horse and with me”: Reducing Violence in a Guatemalan Community through a Horse-Handling Program, Judith L. Gibbons 1, Catherine A. Cunningham 2, Leslie Paiz 2, Katelyn E. Poelker 1, & Marco Antonio Montufar Cardenas 3
1 Saint Louis University, 2 La Ronda Equestrian Club, & 3 Fundación Equinos Sanos Para El Pueblo
 
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Launch of Groundbreaking Methods to Reduce Violence

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Debbie Loucks for Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International
(949) 632-1856 debbie@montyroberts.com 
Katie Cunningham Lead-Up International katie@join-up.org 
 
In 2017, Lead-Up International will officially launch in Solvang, California, at Flag Is Up Farms during the week of February 13. Lead-Up International, partner of Monty Roberts’ Join-Up International, recently announced that the journal ‘Human Animal Interaction Bulletin’ has published a report by Dr. Judith Gibbons and team with scientific evidence of reduced violence and abuse toward horses and people through the Lead-Up Program.  Lead-Up International is an original and compelling Leadership Program that aims to create peaceful leaders through workshops with horses. 

The Lead-Up program is based around workshops with horses in which participants are introduced to humane ways of handling and interacting with horses. Participants discover non-violence and non-aggression for themselves through interactions with horses and principally through the experience of Join-Up® with a horse, the non-violent training system designed by Monty Roberts author of The Man Who Listens to Horses. Convinced there must be a more humane and effective system to train horses Monty created Join-Up, a consistent set of principles based on the horse’s inherent body language and herd-behavior. The result of Join-Up is a willing partnership based on mutual respect and trust.
Roberts has been recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who acknowledged his work by honoring him with the Royal Victorian Order and who is also Patron of Join-Up International, the 501 c 3 non-profit formed to educate people in these concepts. The Queen has also recognized Catherine Cunningham, Founder of Lead-Up International for her efforts to reduce violence in Guatemala. Queen Elizabeth is following the development of this program for the humane treatment of animals and trust based relationships with humans.

“The Lead-Up Program helps participants learn how to improve their self-awareness and regulate their body language and emotions through specialized interactions with horses and specifically through the embodied experience of Join-Up. Participants intrinsically learn that violence is not necessary and that they can be powerful yet peaceful leaders through self-awareness and better control of body language and emotions,” said Katie Cunningham, Founder, lifelong horsewoman and promoter of equine and human welfare.

The Lead-Up team has been developing the program since 2012 and has partnered with global organizations and local NGOs in Guatemala who have expressed the growing need to reduce violence in the communities they serve. Their team is international and varied in their talents but have in common the desire to take these groundbreaking methods to the world. 
February 10-12, the Horse Sense and Healing program of Join-Up International will be again providing an experiential clinic for Veterans and First Responders exposed to traumatic stress. Join-Up International is a California non-profit organization (tax ID 77-0459889) founded by world-renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts. Join-Up is dedicated to promoting gentle, effective alternatives to violence and force in both equine and human relationships. Roberts’ unique and gentle method of using the horse’s own language to achieve breakthrough results is revolutionary, but not magical. Communication is a gift all have and it can be practiced and developed.

“My goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it for horses and for people, too.”—Monty Roberts

Join-Up International seeks to foster the adoption of skills among a greater audience, insuring their preservation for generations to come. Join-Up concepts have helped abused women and children, and their abusers, too, as well as special needs children, youth at risk, prison inmates, foster families, children and adults with a history of abuse and war veterans.

Lead-Up International is seeking Founding Members to help launch a broader campaign to share these workshops with more organizations, people and horses. For more information about the program or to schedule a presentation, write to katie@join-up.org

 

Meet Monty’s Team at Equine Affaire and Equus Film Festival, NYC

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Media Contact: Debbie Loucks
(949) 632-1856
 
 
Meet Monty’s Team at Equine Affaire and EQUUS Film Festival, NYC 
 
November 8, 2016 Solvang, California: This week, Monty Roberts’ team of Debbie Roberts Loucks and Dr. Susan Cain will be heading to Equine Affaire November 10 to 13 at the EASTERN STATES EXPOSITION W. SPRINGFIELD, MA http://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts/.  They are offering Booth Specials, at booth # 2918 located in the Mallary building. 
 
They will be giving away free DVDs with sign-ups or renewal subscriptions to Monty’s Equus Online University, interactive online video lessons. Monty has produced over 425 lessons with a new lesson added each week to the Equus Online University. This is the definitive learning tool for violence-free horse training. Come and sign a big card to Monty, too.
 
Susan Cain, PhD will present on Horse Sense for Leaders: How to Build Trust-Based Relationships, an inspired work she developed with the assistance of Monty Roberts. See all of Dr. Cain’s presentations here: http://equineaffaire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/16_ma_schedule_102016.pdf 
 
The following week, Monty’s media entries will be judged at the EQUUS FILM FESTIVAL, November 17-20, 2016 at the Village East Cinema in New York City. The festival is the first event of its kind dedicated to equestrian-themed film, fine art and authors. See more about Monty’s entries on page 26 here: 
 
Debbie Roberts Loucks is host of Horsemanship Radio and will be seeking interviews for the podcast at both events. Horsemanship Radio is an online radio show (podcast) dedicated to the exploration of good horsemanship throughout the world. Hosted by Debbie Roberts Loucks (Monty Roberts’ Daughter) the show includes segments, tips & interviews exploring good horsemanship. www.HorsemanshipRadio.com is a part of the Horse Radio Network. 
 
Monty Roberts, renowned horse gentler, is on tour in England appearing on November 12 at Your Horse Live http://www.yourhorselive.co.uk/what-s-on/evening-performance
 
For more information, email admin@montyroberts.com or call 805-688-6288 Pacific Standard Time.

 

The Most Positive Horse Forum is on Equus Online University

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

October 19, 2016 Solvang, California: When Monty Roberts was invited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 to demonstrate his understanding of horsemanship, horse training’s 6000 year old tradition was forever changed. Roberts had cracked the code on the communication system horses used to survive for millions of years before humans had domesticated them. Roberts demonstrated concepts that drew a line at pain in training and his life’s goal is to leave the world a better place for horses and for people, too.

Roberts and his team developed the first of its kind Equus Online University; an interactive online lesson site that is already being considered the most effective educational tool for horsemen on the web. Launching in 2009 and adding one new video lesson per week has now firmly established the learning system as the most comprehensive globally. It was important to Roberts to not only quantify the language of the horses he calls Equus, but also to share its interpretation with lessons from world renowned horse persons such as Steffan Peters and Jan Ebeling from dressage, Will Simpson, Olympic jumping and Phillip Ralls from Western Reining.

Since launching, Monty Roberts, Richard Winters, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Isabella Wolf, Kelly Marks and many more have contributed their knowledge of horsemanship. Considered the Rosetta Stone of the horse language, one of gestures, like signing for the deaf, online lessons available 24/7 have contributed greatly to the encouragement and study of non-violent training of horses, the flight animal, said Roberts. He wants the global impact to spread in his lifetime and encourages interested persons to log on at http://montyrobertsuniversity.com/library to redeem a free daypass.

As part of the learning support, Equus Online’s Forum creates a safe place to ask questions and get encouragement from credentialed instructors who have studied Monty’s lessons for years. And Monty just launched a new version of the Forum this month which is another level of support.

  • Emojis and emoticons have been added as well as text edits and active links
  • Email notifications are available on people’s posts so students can choose to subscribe to a post, and be notified of any comments on that post

Debbie Roberts-Loucks, Monty’s daughter, spearheaded the development, and shared, “We are excited to be a part of the growing population who love their horses. The 425+ lessons are in categories of Ground Work, from foundational to Advanced, and Ridden Work, from foundational to problem solving. Adding to that, there is a this terrific forum and over 600 Questions and Answers from Monty with a handy search bar.”

 

Monty Roberts’ Upcoming Clinic Dates in the United Kingdom

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

October 19, 2016 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts and his team will be demonstrating on these dates and locations:

October 21st Hartpury Gloucester, October 26th Surrey, October 29th Devon, November 3rd East Yorkshire, and November 5th Lincolnshire. Ticket info: http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/

Monty is adding an Evening Performance to his Living Legend Tour on Saturday 12th November 6.30pm – 9.30pm. The world’s greatest Horse Gentler, Monty Roberts, will be at Your Horse Live this November for an exciting evening performance to share his techniques which have produced multiple world champion horses as well as having helped thousands of troubled horses and owners around the globe. Whether a leisure rider or a professional, attendees can learn the secrets of his success. http://www.yourhorselive.co.uk/what-s-on/evening-performance

Monty will be working alongside his longest standing instructor, Kelly Marks, and together they’ll be demonstrating their practical techniques to help your horse with clipping, loading, mounting, bucking and numerous other ground and ridden challenges.

Roberts’ first public demonstrations were in the United States beginning in 1986. They were limited to two or three public demonstrations per year. It was April of 1989 that he was invited by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II to demonstrate at Windsor Castle. At the conclusion of one week’s work, Her Majesty arranged for 21 cities and 98 horses more, added to the 23 horses Roberts worked with at Windsor in a five-day period of time. The total on the trip was 121 horses.
To date, Roberts’ overall statistics read like this:

27 years
10,800 horses
2,764 public events
2.3 million miles
3.6 million attendees
41 countries
2,951 untrained horses (first saddle and first rider)
2,752 non-loaders
5,100 random remedial horses
Cancellations – zero
Illnesses – zero

 

Monty Roberts’ Upcoming Clinic Dates in California and the UK

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Media Contact: Debbie Loucks
Monty and Pat Roberts, Inc./Join-Up® International
(949) 632-1856

August 29, 2016, Solvang, California: Monty Roberts and his professional team teaches RIDING WITH RESPECT; striving for partnership and communication with your horse through non-violent training. This year’s dates are September 24-25. More information can be found here: http://www.montyroberts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/RwR_Sept2016.pdf
 
This is a unique opportunity to attend a ridden clinic at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California. The clinic consists of two days of group training for you and your horse. Instruction will be tailored to meet your level of riding. All disciplines and types of horses are welcome; however, if you want to bring a young horse, we suggest you have had 60 plus days of ridden training prior to the clinic. Maximum 10 people with horses. A limited number of our Willing Partners™ horses are available to ride in the clinic for an additional fee. Lunch is included. Riding with Respect is Saturday/Sunday, September 24-25 • $600/weekend or $350/day with your own horse • $900/weekend or $450/day with a Willing Partners™ horse http://www.montyroberts.com/horses/willing-partners-program/  Email info@montyroberts.com or Call 805-688-6288
 
In the United Kingdom, Roberts will be demonstrating on these dates and locations:

October 15th in Lancashire, October 21st Hartpury Gloucester, October 26th Surrey, October 29th Devon, November 3rd East Yorkshire, and November 5th Lincolnshire. Ticket info: http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/

Roberts’ first public demonstrations were in the United States beginning in 1986. They were limited to two or three public demonstrations per year. It was April of 1989 when he met Her Majesty, the Queen. At the conclusion of one week’s work at Windsor Castle, Her Majesty arranged for 21 cities and 98 horses that were added to the 23 horses Roberts worked with at Windsor in a five-day period of time. The total on the trip was 121 horses.

To date, Roberts’ overall statistics read like this:

27 years
10,800 horses
2,763 public events
2.3 million miles
3.6 million attendees
41 countries
2,950 untrained horses (first saddle and first rider)
2,750 non-loaders
5,100 random remedial horses
Cancellations – zero
Illnesses – zero
 
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Science Confirms It: Join-Up® is Gentle on Horses

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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A paper titled “Monty Roberts’ public demonstrations: Preliminary report on the heart rate and heart rate variability of horses undergoing training during live audience events” has been accepted for publication in the international journal “Animals.”

“Animals” is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal concerned with publishing high quality scientific papers within the field of ‘animals’, including zoology, ethnozoology, animal science, animal ethics and animal welfare. In particular, this journal showcases scientific study describing animals’ interactions with the outside world, including humans. “Animals” is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure the addition of high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication.

This new paper describes the opportunistic collection and analysis of heart rate (HR; beat-to-beat intervals) and heart rate variability (HRV) of 10 horses being trained during Monty Roberts’ public demonstrations within the United Kingdom and is authored by Loni Loftus, Kelly Marks, Rosie Jones-McVey, Jose L. Gonzales and Dr. Veronica L. Fowler (lead author).

Key findings from the study include:

• Stress responses recorded in this study were comparable (e.g. when compared to horses undergoing foundation training) or more favorable (e.g. when compared to novel object tests, handling tests or horses anticipating competition) to previously reported studies in the literature. 
• Stress responses during public demonstrations were proportional to low-moderate exercise intensities described in other training methods where horses were under similar levels of physiological stress as reported in literature.
• The stress responses during a specific training method known as “Join-Up®” were comparable to other methods of training used by Monty Roberts during public demonstrations, and were consistent with exercise intensity (physiological stress). There was no evidence that Join-Up® altered HR and HRV in a way to suggest that this training method presents the horse with psychological or physical stressors which would negatively affect welfare. 
• There was preliminary evidence that training undertaken in a roundpen, including Join-Up® controls or inhibits the flight response (limits the fear response). 


In conclusion, training of horses during public demonstrations is a mild stressor for horses. However the stress responses observed within this study were comparable or less to those previously reported in the literature for horses being trained outside of public audience events and was indicative of exercise at low-moderate intensity (physiological stress), rather than psychological stress. 

The full paper will be available open access within 10 days.

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612 Questions You Asked Monty Roberts

Friday, July 29th, 2016

July 29, 2016 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts is back from touring the world this spring, helping owners and horses face their fears and learn to trust each other. When given the chance, we sat down with Roberts to hear what advice he had for students who hope to understand horse behavior a little better.

Turns out that Monty and Pat Roberts, owners of Flag Is Up Farms, are celebrating their 50th year of gentle horse training in their Solvang, California location. As we were preparing for this interview, Roberts had been preparing to greet a variety students throughout the summer of courses, including a group of Brazilians. Much of the work is hands-on training like the Gentling Wild Horses course and Join-Up, using the methods Monty discovered while still a teenager in Nevada watching mustang herds interact. The students will get a rare look at Monty Roberts’ lifetime of knowledge and experience, but we first wanted to ask how people who couldn’t afford to travel to and participate in courses would ever be able to learn what he knows.

Monty’s Special Training Week is August 1st to 5th, where he works with a variety of horses. Students will observe how Monty Roberts’ concepts work with problem horses, young horses and unhanded horses, across all breeds and many disciplines. Following this first week, students will then participate in the Join-Up® Course followed by the Long Lining Course to experience how communication with horses in the round pen happens, hands-on. Included in the courses is a subscription to Monty’s Equus Online University. This online learning tool will support the continuing education in Monty’s methods.

What we hadn’t anticipated was that Monty already had a plan for people who could not journey to him to learn. His answer came in the form of a question, “Have you seen what I created for the world to have in perpetuity? Since 2004 I have been answering questions from horse owners, trainers and lovers as they come to me. Once per week I publish my answers for anyone one who wants to learn, as my gift to the horse world.”

While we were aware of Roberts’ Equus Online University, we admitted to him that we hadn’t added up the weekly questions and Monty’s answers to learn that he already had a library of over 612 nuggets of knowledge based on a lifetime of training championship horses. This was the wealth of knowledge we had hoped to share with you, and more. There is even a free Daypass allowing us to log on and test ride the lessons. Best of all, the 612 questions and Monty’s answers do not require paid access. As Monty said, they are his gift to those wishing to learn gentler, more humane ways to train horses. Access to the Equus Online University can be found here: www.MontyRobertsUniversity.com/library

The courses are:

August 1–5, 2016 Monty’s Special Training at Flag Is Up Farms, California USA

Aug 22–2 Sep Gentling Wild Horses course at Flag Is Up Farm, California USA

And more: http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/see-monty/

Email info@montyroberts.com or Call 805-688-6288