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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

 

Monty Roberts Announces ‘Riding with Respect’ Dates

Friday, July 29th, 2016

July 29, 2016 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts’ 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. 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

 

Horse Sense and Healing Program Receives $50,000 Grant from Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

June 30, 2016 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts, founder of Join-Up® International, and the Board of Directors of the California non-profit corporation, were pleased to announce the addition of four dates in 2016. July 8-10, August 19-21, September 30-October 2, and December 9-11.

Grants provide much-needed help to cover the costs of the Horse Sense and Healing clinics for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress injuries.

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) has provided grants. Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.), CEO of DVNF, said, “Join-Up’s mission is both unique, and for many of our nation’s veterans, it is also life-changing. The impact this program has on the lives of veterans is one DVNF is glad to support.” VanFonda also expressed that it is the hope of DVNF that these funds help with Join-Up International’s continuous commitment to the veterans’ community.

Marsha St. Clair, the member of the Board of Directors who corresponded with DVNF to obtain the grant was excited to share the news of the generosity of the foundation, saying “We urge those of you who believe in and support our program, Horse Sense and Healing, to spread the word about how both organizations together are making a difference to help our Veterans in need.”

Monty Roberts, renowned horse gentler, began running free-of-charge, resilience-building workshops for veterans and their families in 2010. The three-day program involves working closely with horses. The individuals and horses develop a special bond built upon mutual trust and respect. Join-Up offers everyone an effective tool to rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse. This self-awareness exercise deals effectively with emotional trauma, anti-social behavior, withdrawal, anger, stress and Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI).

Roberts holds two Ph.Ds in Behavioral Sciences. In these workshops, he demonstrates the deep healing power of establishing a trusting relationship with horses without the use of force. Roberts assists veterans as they learn to develop a partnership with the horse. After three transformational days, veterans can better understand how to control their anger, confront painful memories, cope with real-life situations, and move on with their lives and relationships.

“Because the Horse Sense and Healing clinics are free-of-charge to veterans, donations and grants are the only sources of income to help Join-Up International put more deserving veterans and their families through the program,” said Debbie Loucks, Director of Development.

Executive Director, Pat Roberts, is looking forward to hosting the next three day clinic July 8-10. She urges those who want to learn more to go to www.join-up.org/veterans .

For more information, email admin@join-up.org or call 805-688-6288 Pacific Standard Time.

 

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Join-Up International is a California 501 (c) (3) 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. In 2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became a patron of Join-Up International and we are deeply grateful for the support we receive from both Her Majesty and the members of our board.

Join-Up philosophies can be seen at work with both humans and horses across the world from farms to major corporations. To learn more about Monty Roberts or the many applications of his Join-Up training methods, visit www.montyroberts.com. Horse Sense and Soldiers aired on Discovery Military highlighting the therapeutic effect that horses and Monty Roberts’ Join-Up® have on PTSD. Monty’s Horse Sense and Healing program for military and first responder personnel with stress injuries are detailed here www.join-up.org/veterans .

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

DVNF achieves this mission by:

  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

MONTY ROBERTS AVAILABLE FOR SELECT INTERVIEWS: The New York Times bestselling author and world renowned horse trainer Monty Roberts is available for interviews.

MONTY ROBERTS first gained widespread fame with the release of his New York Times Best Selling book, The Man Who Listens To Horses; a chronicle of his life and development of his non-violent horse training methods called Join-Up®. Monty grew up on a working horse farm as a firsthand witness to traditional, often violent methods of horse training and breaking the spirit with an abusive hand. Rejecting that, he went on to win nine world’s championships in the show ring. Today Monty’s goal is to share his message that ”Violence is never the answer.” Roberts has been encouraged by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, with the award of the Membership in The Royal Victorian Order. Other honors received were the ASPCA “Founders” award and the MSPCA George T. Angell Humanitarian Award. Monty is credited with launching the first of its kind Equus Online University an interactive online lesson site that is the definitive learning tool for violence-free training.

 

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). 

 

 

Monty Roberts Announces Demonstration Dates 2016

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

January 31, 2016 Solvang, California: Monty Roberts will tour the world in 2016, helping owners and horses face their fears and learn to trust each other.

March 5, 2016 English Tour: Hadlow College, Kent, UK
March 11, 2016 English Tour: Reaseheath College, Cheshire East, UK
March 19, 2016 English Tour: Kingston Maurward College with MARTIN CLUNES, Dorset

April 9, 2016 Demonstration in Vilhelmsborg, Denmark
April 24, 2016 German Tour: Zweibrücken, Germany
April 23, 2016 German Tour: Darmstadt, Germany
April 30, 2016 German Tour: Ohlstadt, Germany

May 5, 2016 Austrian Tour: Ebreichsdorf, Austria
May 7, 2016 Austrian Tour: Stadl-Paura, Austria
May 28–29, 2016 South African Tour: Johannesburg, South Africa

June 4–5, 2016 South African Tour: Cape Town, South Africa
July 17–21, 2016 Monty’s Special Training (translation in Portuguese), California, USA
August 1–5, 2016 Monty’s Special Training at Flag Is Up Farms, California, USA
August 22–September 2, 2016 Gentling Wild Horses course at Flag Is Up Farm, California, USA

Also
March 21–23, 2016 Monty Roberts Certified Instructor’s Meet-Up in England, UK

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

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

 

Interview with Monty Roberts and Chris Cox about the Road to the Horse

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

January 31, 2016 Solvang, California: Horsemanship Radio announced that Monty Roberts and Chris Cox met recently in Brentwood, California after an interview which took place in January and is now being carried on the Horse Radio Network.

Monty Roberts is a life-long practitioner of gentle horse training and New York Times best-selling author of The Man Who Listens to Horses.

Chris Cox is a four time winner of the Road to the Horse competition held annually in Lexington Kentucky at the Alltech Arena. After a lifetime of horsemanship, Monty Roberts, Chris Cox and Road to the Horse judge Jack Brainard believe in sharing what the horses have taught them and are driven to impart their knowledge of the horse with the next generation.

The interview with Chris Cox, Monty Roberts and Jack Brainard can be found on the network directly: http://www.horsemanshipradio.com/2016/01/15/horsemanship-radio-episode-56-by-index-fund-advisors-ifa-com-monty-roberts-speaks-with-chris-cox-and-jack-brainard/

The Horsemanship Radio Show is an online radio show dedicated to the exploration of good horsemanship throughout the world. Recent guests have included a special interview with Bob Baffert who, after training three Kentucky Derby winners, finally captures the Triple Crown of Horse Racing with American Pharoah. Author and trainer Mitch Bornstein was another guest who tells his story of saving Samson, in his book Last Chance Mustang. And Lee & Hallie Hanssen shared how they train and show happy, healthy Barrel Racing Horses. Upcoming interviews include Ben Masters of the movie Unbranded.

Horsemanshipradio.com is the fastest growing program on the Horse Radio Network which dominates horse programming podcasting in the United States. A podcast is nothing more than a radio show online.  The advantage over regular radio is the many choices of how and when to listen to the shows.  With podcasts people can listen on the website using the players in each show listings or by downloading the free app and listen on their ’smart’ phones. The shows are found in iTunes for free. It is all about choices.  People listen while cleaning stalls, on a trail ride, or driving to a horse show. Glenn Hebert of Horse Radio Network has been pleased with the response the show is getting and produces and shares air time on the show as well as his wife and partner Jenn Hebert, long time horsewomen herself.

Title sponsored by Index Fund Advisors IFA.com with show sponsors OmegaFields.com and www.MontyRobertsUniversity.com and hosted by Debbie Roberts Loucks (Monty Roberts’ daughter) the show includes segments, tips and interviews exploring good horsemanship. Host Debbie Roberts Loucks said “We care about the future of horses and horsemanship. It’s our listeners who make that happen and we are having fun sharing what they find entertaining and helpful.” The shows are aired the 15th and 30th of every month and can be found here: www.HorsemanshipRadio.com  Or people can also search for the Horsemanship Radio on the Horse Radio Network here: http://www.horseradionetwork.com/ or download the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/horse-radio-network/id672259386?mt=8

People can find it free on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/horsemanship-radio-episodes/id657184487

And Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.horseradionetwork.hrn

 

Monty Roberts and Flag Is Up Farms Celebrate 50 Years Together in 2016

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

December 31, 2015 Solvang, California: January 9, 2016 will kick off the celebrations on Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California. Called The Night of Inspiration, Monty will demonstrate his signature Join-Up®, starting a horse to his first saddle and rider in about 30 minutes. His history of starting horses since he was a young person inspires people to develop their skills in building trust and communication between horse and human.

Flag Is Up Farms is the internationally renowned starting point for some of the world’s most successful performance horses and highest earning racehorses. It is also the home of the Monty Roberts International Learning Center and equine celebrity Shy Boy.

Monty and Pat Roberts, with their team of exceptional trainers have used force-free, Join-Up® training methods to start horses on their way to happy, healthy, and successful careers in a variety of disciplines and applications.

Remedial horses have found an environment among the team at Flag Is Up Farms that fosters a safe haven to mend troubling behaviors and get back on track for success.

Flag Is Up Farms’ notoriety as home to “The Man Who Listens to Horses,” Monty Roberts, has also created a demand to open the farm to the public.

Visitors are welcome from 9am to 5pm daily, with no fee or reservation required.
The farm and hacienda facilities which have been featured in Town & Country Magazine are also host to numerous corporate events throughout the year, offering an enriching and educational experience for your team.

Monty and Pat Roberts welcome you to learn more about the philosophies of Join-Up, violence free training and its many applications among the majestic landscape at Flag Is Up Farms. http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty/flag__intro/

 

Leadership Lessons From Horses

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Solvang, California, July 29, 2015 – Register for the upcoming Horse Sense for Leaders Workshop to be held at famous Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California on November 6, 2015. The workshop will offer leaders new perspectives in leading others with a trust- based approach. It will focus on the new book Horse Sense For Leaders: Building Trust- Based Relationships. Leaders will complete an online assessment to find out how trustworthy they are. At the workshop leaders will experience the sights and sounds of a working horse farm and experience Join-Up®, Monty Roberts’ signature training approach.
 
Monty Roberts is the New York Times best selling author of the Man Who Listens to Horses. He developed the now famous horse gentling process, called Join-Up. Join-Up allows a horse to receive its first saddle and rider in 35 minutes or under without the anxiety, pain, or confusion of traditional training methods. Leaders will learn how to build trust, and how to promote a trust-based culture in their organizations.
 
To learn more about the event visit,
http://www.montyroberts.com/ab_about_monty_calendar/corporate-events-and-leadership-courses-3/

To register for the event visit, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/horse-sense-for-leaders-building-trust-based-relationships-workshop-tickets-17868355733 or contact Adam Bates at admin@montyroberts.com or Dr. Susan Cain at scain@corplearning.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild at Heart Women’s Weekend at Flag Is Up Farms

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Solvang, California, July 29, 2015- Women from all over the globe will be converging on famous Flag Is Up Farms for the weekend November 7-8, 2015. The event is called Wild at Heart and will provide women from all walks of life with fun, rewarding, and personal development. Women will explore their own passions and interests with world famous sculptress and Award-Winning Horse back rider, Pat Roberts. Imagine spending a weekend on a working horse farm with other women who have similar interests.
 
The agenda is packed with fun and interactive events and will include a tour of the farm, art lessons with Pat, wine tasting and local foods tastings, and even a horseback riding lesson that focuses on eliminating your fears while riding. Participants will also take the Riding Styles Assessment and receive free copies of the book Horse Sense for Leaders.
 
“We are excited to offer this jam-packed weekend and look forward to meeting women who want to venture out and experience the incredible scenery, soak up positive messages, and experience a woman-lead weekend of November 7-8, 2015. Guests will be treated to dinner at Pat’s famous home high atop the hills overlooking the horse farm. The workshop location in located in the middle of wine country in the Santa Ynez Valley.
 
 
To learn more about the event visit,
 
For additional support contact Adam Bates at admin@montyroberts.com or Dr. Susan Cain at scain@corplearning.com